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Kissin Plays Chopin Import

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Disc: 1
1. Fantasy for piano in F minor/A flat major, Op. 49, C. 42
2. Waltz for piano No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42, CT. 211
3. Waltz for piano No. 3 in A minor, Op. 34/2, CT. 209
4. Waltz for piano No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 34/1, CT. 208
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Disc: 2
1. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, CT. 203: Allegro maestoso
2. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, CT. 203: Scherzo
3. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, CT. 203: Largo
4. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, CT. 203: Finale: Presto, non tanto
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Disc: 3
1. Ballade for piano No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23, CT. 2
2. Ballade for piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 38, CT. 3
3. Ballade for piano No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47, CT. 4
4. Ballade for piano No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52, CT. 5
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Disc: 4
1. Prelude for piano No. 1 in C major, Op. 28/1, CT. 166
2. Prelude for piano No. 2 in A minor , Op. 28/2, CT. 167
3. Prelude for piano No. 3 in G major, Op. 28/3, CT. 168
4. Prelude for piano No. 4 in E minor, Op. 28/4, CT. 169
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Disc: 5
1. Polonaise for piano No. 1 in C sharp minor, Op. 26/1, CT. 150
2. Polonaise for piano No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 26/2, CT. 151
3. Impromptu for piano in A flat major, Op. 29, CT. 43
4. Impromptu for piano in F sharp major, Op. 36, CT. 44
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 19, 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Import
  • Label: RCA Red Seal
  • ASIN: B002ZF2IDU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Pontus T. on June 3, 2010
Kissin and Chopin--a match made in heaven? Indeed, so it seemed when Kissin, first, in March 1984 turned in one of the most impetuously brilliant accounts of the Chopin Concertos at no more than 12 years of age--and then, still in his early 20s, gave the world some of the most accomplished and memorable Chopin playing on record captured live at Carnegie Hall in February 1993. Where to go from there?

Well, I believe Kissin could not quite answer that himself. Surely, he became the biggest star of the piano since Horowitz--similarly more often than not including works by Chopin in his sold-out concerts. Technically, he reached a level of perfection and consistency where few other pianists have been and will be able to compete. But somewhere along the way, I believe Kissin lost not only his natural-sounding spontaneity but also the close connection to the greatest composer for the piano.

Therefore, I regret to conclude that the first two discs of this collection appear to represent the peak of his relationship with Chopin's music. Not to say that the ensuing three do not contain flashes of greatness--above all the Second Ballade, Fourth Scherzo, Berceuse, Barcarolle and a select few of the fast-tempo Preludes; only that they are markedly few when compared to those two early Carnegie Hall discs. The tone production Kissin achieved there is to die for--sample any of the Waltzes, Mazurkas or Nocturnes for overwhelming evidence. Conversely, the traces of coarseness that can be heard in the 1998 Ballades grew to alarming proportions in the 1999 Preludes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 6, 2010
Kissin had a mature appreciation of Chopin as a 12-year-old prodigy (there's a March, 1984 recital that confirms this, available in various reissues from the Soviet original), and like the lead reviewer I was bowled over by his Chopin recital a decade later in Carnegie Hall. Kissin's way with Chopin is full of swagger and bravura, yet he has a natural instinct fro the composer's sense if melody and improvisation. It's a God-given talent, making it all the more sorrowful that this 5-CD set, sold at a very attractive price, starts at the top and tapers off by the end. In that regard I also agree with the lead review, but I give five stars anyway, because I continued to be enthralled by the Scherzos and Ballades. My worries only began with the Preludes disc and then the Verbier recital. It would be a shame if Kissin, now nearing forty, peaked in hi twenties. We'll have to wait and see.

Just to clarify, there are no new recordings in this set, which is a bargain reissue of the pianist's previous individual Chopin CDs.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martha Mendelsohn on June 20, 2010
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Am so glad Evgeny Kissin finally made a collection of his Chopin pieces. It is unbeatable for the Chopin/Kissin fans.
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