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listen  1. Concerto No. 2, Op. 18 in C Minor: Moderato - AllegroEvgeny Kissin;Valery Gergiev11:27Album Only
listen  2. Concerto No. 2, Op. 18 in C Minor: Adagio sostenutoEvgeny Kissin;Valery Gergiev11:50Album Only
listen  3. Concerto No. 2, Op. 18 in C Minor: Allegro scherzandoEvgeny Kissin;Valery Gergiev11:20Album Only
listen  4. Études-tableaux, Op. 39: No. 1 in C MinorEvgeny Kissin 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Études-tableaux, Op. 39: No. 2 in A MinorEvgeny Kissin 6:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Études-tableaux, Op. 39: No. 4 in B MinorEvgeny Kissin 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. No. 5 in E-Flat MinorEvgeny Kissin 5:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Études-tableaux, Op. 39: No. 6 in A MinorEvgeny Kissin 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Études-tableaux, Op. 39: No. 9 in DEvgeny Kissin 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Evgeny Kissin
  • Composer: Sergie Rachmaninoff
  • Audio CD (August 10, 1993)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000003EUT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,731 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mr. Kissin deserves my highest praise and reccommendation for these performances.
Stephen G Bowden
And anybody who is currently experiencing pain and suffering can take hope, even from this music, that resolution will come.
Joseph W. Hyink
Apart from the technical brilliancy, Kissin shows us that he feels the music in his soul.
Sarp Demir

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Joseph W. Hyink on September 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Because Rachmaninoff's music mirrors the Russian culture, I have often noted that no one plays Rachmaninoff like a Russian. Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Etudes-Tableaux, played by the Russian Evgeny Kissin, is unparalleled in mastery, beauty, and power. The album begins with one of the most sensitive interpretations of Rachmaninoff's second piano concerto that I have heard (on par with Vladimir Ashkenazy's, a fellow Russian). Kissin understands the flow of the piece from beginning to end. As a result, he builds the tension by accentuating the rich chord progressions that fill the piece. He then resolves that tension with the precision of a story-teller and the sensitivity of a master artist. Though the music stretches the ability of even the greatest pianists, Kissin plays through the difficulty in order to paint a landscape of musical progression. He hears and invites his audience to hear the intricate sub-plots that recur all throughout the work. Perhaps Rachmaninoff's most famous composition is married with a true master artist.

The album ends with six powerful Etudes-Tableaux. Once again, Kissin hears and emphasizes both the predominant theme as well as the innumerable sub-themes, often overlooked by lesser musicians. My favorite is Etude-Tableau No. 5 in E-flat minor. This extremely difficult piece builds tension through increased dissonance until a lofty climax. That dissonance almost becomes unpleasant to the ears, creating an atmosphere of extreme melancholy. I imagine that tension mirroring the inner turmoil that an individual experiences through a difficult time of life. But when that tension and internal cacophony can get no greater and the person is at the point of breaking, grace comes!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C Dub on December 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I think I own about 5-6 other recordings of this, but this one takes the cake. I'd say that Kissin's clarity on this piece is what impresses me the most, although I'd also say that his other strengths are right up there. Regarding clarity, the passagework right after the initial occurrance of the 1st theme in the beginning of the 3rd movement is clearer than you will hear by any other performer--Kissin is simply the best there is in terms of technical preparation and execution. But once you get over how impressive his technique was, listen to the phrasing he manages to observe as well! I haven't heard any other pianist perform this section as clearly nor with such exquisite detail to phrasing, which is a reflection of both his technique and musicianship, THE two elements of pianistic criticism. And this is also indicative of the rest of the concerto. The only area in which I'm disappointed is his climax of the 1st movement, although he DID perform it according to the score. The climax (about halfway through the 1st mvt.) is written at fortissimo, which is actually down a dynamic notch from fortissISSimo (fff) from the measure before. So it's kind of a let down. But, as I said, it's written in the score that way, and the only pianist I've heard perform it the way I prefer is Richter (DG). Nevertheless, Kissin's performance is still my favorite.
Concerning the etudes: Wow. The A minor (op. 39 no. 2) is absolutely breathtaking. One can't ask for better taste in timing than what Kissin has to offer. Rachmaninoff once said that he believes that every piece has one and only one climax, and everything else before or after is in one way or another coming to or from that point.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Rocheleau on August 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Kissin was a bit too young at the time for this concerto; that said, his tone is ravishing (slightly metallic on this particluar piano, but that's in terms of bells, not anvils). Overall, the playing is technically sound, but one could question the use of pedal here and there, smearing articulation, and at times--no fault of his own-- Kissin is drowning in the swells created by Gergiev. The Etude-Tableaux are excellent; several could actually be considered signature readings of the pieces. Buy this recording for the etudes, and use the concerto for points of comparison with the likes of Cliburn, Duchable (a personal favorite), Ashkenazy and Weissenberg.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By atv on January 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This was the first recording that I'd heard of Kissin's playing. Once I was over the amazement to the fact that he was a mere 16 years old when he recorded this, only then could I critique the performance and interpretation of these wonderful and extremely difficult works. That said - the true gems on this recording are the Etudes-Tableaux. Technically and interpretively excellent, he does wonderfully at expressing Rachmaninoffs picturesque miniatures. I've not yet heard a better recording of the #1 Etude in C-minor.To top off , the piano that he is playing on is exceptional; same quality of the pianos played by Rachmaninoff and Horowitz from the 1940's(back when Steinway "made them like they used to").The concerto leaves much to be desired.Kissin's playing is good but I don't care for some of the tempos that they use and the sound quality (mixing) is definetely lacking - particularly where the piano is concerned; too much echo.Buy this CD for the Etudes; these are among Rachmaninoff's finest works for solo piano and young Mr. Kissin does an enjoyable rendition of them; one that I think even Rachmaninoff himself could be pleased with.
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