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Youthfulness, Romanticism and Finesse

by STEVE SMITH, The New York Times

An armchair psychologist could read volumes into the recital the pianist Evgeny Kissin gave at Carnegie Hall on Thursday night. Half of the program was devoted to music by Prokofiev, an eternal wunderkind whose attempts at maturation were overshadowed by his youthful facility. The other half consisted of works by Chopin, a peerless Romantic whose offerings could be taken for their surface flash, elusive intimations of incalculable depth, or both at once.

Beyond its suggestive parallels to a preternaturally gifted, mysterious musician’s career, the program featured works well suited to Mr. Kissin’s exacting technique and expressive gifts. He revealed an orchestral range of colors and a knack for illuminating character in three arrangements from Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

Getting used to Mr. Kissin’s power and clarity can be overwhelming. But what impressed most about his performance was a nearly imperceptible flexibility in less driven passages, which lent the music a subtle quality akin to breathing, without distortion.

"Without question he is a phenomenal pianist, a deeply intuitive and sensitive musician"

The New York TimesMar 10th 2011

"The capacity crowd leapt to its feet at the end, roaring its appreciation, clearly hoping to hear another marathon of encores..."

The Chicago TribuneFeb 28th 2011