Young Kissin…

Evgeny Kissin

Evgeny Kissin is not longer viewed as a “Wunderkind” (German for ‘Child Wonder’). He is now about 39 years old, and he continues to provide his magical sound to millions of admiring listeners. This DVD goes way back to the time when Kissin was 19 year old. Without exaggeration, even way back then the performance by Evgeny Kissin was a truly special one.

Selections on this DVD are:

Bach, J S:

  • Siciliano from Flute Sonata No. 2 BWV1031


  • Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116


  • Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Euridice): Dance of the Blessed Spirits


  • Auf dem Wasser zu singen, S558 No. 2 (from Schubert D774)
  • Der Müller und der Bach (No. 2 from Müllerlieder von Franz Schubert, S565)
  • Ständchen – Horch, horch! die Lerch (No. 9 from Zwölf Lieder von Franz Schubert, S558)
  • Gretchen am Spinnrade, S558 No. 8 (after Schubert D118)
  • Erlkönig, S558 No. 4 (after Schubert D328)
  • Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 12 in C sharp minor


  • Fantasie in C major, D760 ‘Wanderer’

The playing of these selections is so refreshingly innocent, so tender, clear, technically perfect, and always with beautiful singing lines. I believe no one else can play these selections better than Kissin at any age. The video of this DVD is superb, perfectly catching Kissin’s unique playing style and his youthful expressions; and the audio recording is excellent, as well.

It is hard to find adequate words to express my reaction to Mr. Kissin’s performance on this DVD. Young as he is, the degree of drama, poetry, and emotion which pours out of him is absolutely amazing. The Brahms, and especially the Schubert, are terrific.

Here is a video of the Rachmaninov C minor concerto, with Evgeny Kissin, accompanied by Sir Andrew Davis conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra:

And here is Evgeny Kissin in the RACHMANINOV Prelude in B Flat:

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