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Initial post: Oct 10, 2011 8:05:50 AM PDT
HB says:
Today marks the 40th birthday of Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin. Kissin burst onto the scene 27 years ago at the age of 13 performing both Chopin concerti, an amazing accomplishment for a teenager. In recent years, his reviews have been mixed. And he has had to share fame with another young pianist, Lang Lang. I prefer Kissin over Lang. Your thoughts about Kissin?

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 8:13:14 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 10, 2011 8:13:47 AM PDT
Edgar Self says:
For many years his childhood piano-teacher lived with Kissin and his family. But rumor has swept the music-world that Kissin now has a girl-friend! Happy Birthday, Yevgeny! Spasibo bolshoi!

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 10:38:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 10, 2011 9:48:43 PM PDT
Mandryka says:
Let's not forget his attack on the BBC for their anti Israel bias. He has political ideas.
http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/25549/pianist-kissin-protests-against-bbc-anti-israel-bias

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2011 9:08:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 11, 2011 9:09:41 AM PDT
I've always been a great fan of Kissin. I was fortunate enough to be in the audience for his Carnegie Hall debut in 1990. Brilliant!

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 9:38:35 AM PDT
D. M. Ohara says:
I remember that Kissin gave a solo recital at the Royal Albert Hall Proms in 1997. It is almost unheard of for the Proms to give a whole concert to a solo pianist. After the published programme, he played about 14 encores.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2011 9:57:17 AM PDT
Edgar Self says:
If there's more to the story of Kissin's taking the BBC to task for pro-Israel bias, please tell us, Mandryka. First I've heard of this.

Rustem Hayroudinoff was at a birthday party in London, his friend Kissin's I think, attended by Stephen Kovacevich, Marc-Abdre Hamelin and others. Kissin was the only one who would play, because the others had drunk too much.

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 11:44:40 AM PDT
Mandryka says:
Here's a link to an article about Kissin's comments re the BBC

http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/25549/pianist-kissin-protests-against-bbc-anti-israel-bias

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 3:46:57 PM PDT
Ms S. James says:
You may find out quite a lot from my unofficial website which is fully endorsed by Mr Kissin and he also contributes to it personally: http://www.evgenykissinfansite.co.uk

Posted on Oct 15, 2011 1:59:07 PM PDT
John Ruggeri says:
At times Kissin's tone, technique and abandon remind me of some of the Ancient Greats. I have the mult-CD early stuff and it impressed me.

This might be light hearted but it ain't easy to play.
Rage over a lost penny
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mtVHTqmB_c

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This gives a better idea of his warm tone and smooth line and musicality.

Evgeny Kissin plays Liszt-Liebestraume no.3 "O lieb" in As
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sPxr539mts

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2011 2:05:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 14, 2012 9:23:34 AM PST
Edgar Self says:
I have a number of Kissin CDs and saw him play a few times. Formerly he was so tightly wound I expected to see him vanish leaving a pile of springs and coils, similarly tightly wound. But he can play piano, no doubt about it. And he LOVES to play encores.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2011 2:12:00 PM PDT
KenOC says:
Thanks Ms S James. That's a terrific site! I found the connection with Khodorkovsky especially interesting; was not aware of it previously.

Posted on Oct 15, 2011 2:52:32 PM PDT
HB says:
If you go Kissin's own website, he has a schedule of his upcoming concerts. I am telling you, he is one busy musician. Even though Lang Lang has taken some of his earlier (teenage) thunder, he is still in very high demand. NML has a few of his EMI concerto recordings. I found the Beethoven concerti to have inferior sound making the piano sound muffled. However, the Schumann concerto is quite splendid.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2011 4:58:01 PM PDT
SusieJ says:
Evgeny Kissin Fansite.co.uk is Kissin's own website too HB, he fully endorses it, it's just classed as unofficial because I chose to create it to enable more support for him as I am an avid fan. He has been extremely brave concerning his stance on Israel's cause and many other political issues/injustices - most other classical musicians would not put their 'necks on the block' as he has done. Kissin's interests are diverse and not solely about music obviously. The official and unofficial sites both support each other and work in harmony and they both have his Tour Schedule, Discography, Biography and many other things. Kissin is in personal contact with both - just for the record :)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2011 5:03:04 PM PDT
SusieJ says:
Thank you KenOC - I hope you find many other interesting items of discovery on the website in the future too :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 10:49:31 PM PST
There is no comparison between Kissin and Lang Lang. Kissin soars the heights of musical expression with limited exposure (few concerts a year), and painful shyness, Lang Lang is a showman with terrible interpretations and aggressive marketing behind him. I will collect Kissin and never buy a single Lang Lang record. For me Kissin and Richter are a big cut above the rest, even above great masters of the 20th century and Lang Lang a good notch below most.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 10:50:15 PM PST
I will admit Lang Lang is a nice and pleasant person though.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 10:51:29 PM PST
You're so blessed!

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 4:36:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 14, 2012 4:39:51 PM PST
scarecrow says:
He's quite gifted,perhaps uneven not everything is good,well who is;
even Michelangeli has an off day, or he simply cancels the concert;
but when it is, Kissin owns the music, like the Bach-Busoni "Chaconne", and Chopin "Preludes" he brings some new insights. . . to them all of them. . .

But these pianists on a bad day are much better than those pianists who simply entertain as Lang Lang. . . are the last you go to, to hear music. . .

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 5:50:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2012 2:16:34 AM PST
People who don't like Kissin
Just don't know what they're missin

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 5:41:09 PM PST
HB says:
"For me Kissin and Richter are a big cut above the rest, even above great masters of the 20th century and Lang Lang a good notch below most."

IMO, the only real way to determine who is the best, is by blind listening tests. For example, one person thinks Kissin is the best, another believes it is Lang Lang. So you play four or five recordings of the same work without knowledge of the musicians playing. I think most people would be surprised by the results.
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