Evgeny Kissin: Gift of Music
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- Composers Performed Include: Liszt, Gluck, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Paganini, Chopin, among others
- Menus Available In Five Languages: English, French, German, Chinese, Japanese
Top Customer Reviews
On those rare occasions, having medicated myself heavily, when I have gathered the intestinal strength to actually listen to Lang Lang play, I find myself wondering, "what the heck is that guy playing?" It's Helfgott all over again! I recall recently hearing something familiar--La Campanella--I think, being played on NPR and thinking, "Well that has to be some kid from a regional talent show." It was Lang Lang! And of course, when twinkle-tinkle got done with his "interpretation" (a heinous crime if you ask me) the commentator (like the reviewer below) gushed in sync with the hype and publicity machine about LL's greatness. Yikes!
This DVD is excellent and a must have even though the interviewer is obviously star struck. Kissin has a transcendental greatness about him that has cemented his superstar status. The interviews were of great interest but as usual the questions I begged were not asked. That's ok. I especially appreciated the long performance sequences which ensure that I will watch the DVD many, many times. I know some will disagree (though plenty will concur) but in the pantheon of piano greats Kissin will be legendary with Horowitz and Cziffra. After the hype-machine finds another "star" to inflict on the world, cLang cLang, will join the ranks of the temporarily notable and strangely once-was. If you don't believe me then leave Amazon and read what some of the professional reviewers have had to say about Kissin and the cLang cLang.Read more ›
The only drawback is the lack of camera close-ups of his hands during the concert at the end. It was frustrating at times. But that does not deminish the talent.
I've seen him in person twice. Now he is so popular it's hard to get tickets to see him - even months in advance. The number of encores he performs for his audiences seem endless. One cannot get enough of his raw talent.
I was DELIGHTED to know there is a DVD out that presents his talent and gives us some insight to his background and his gift. And to hear him talk about his ability to hum classical tunes and improvise them at 11 mos is - well - genius at work!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Give background on this genius of piano performance. Excellent, excellent DVD.Published 18 months ago by Joe G.
This is not a performance DVD, nor would I call it a documentary. It seems to be a PR promotional film and as such it goes on much too long. Read morePublished on September 6, 2010 by David Smith
Although I was unfamiliar with the name of Evgeny Kissin, and could barely pronounce his name, I became an instant fan when I watched this superb video. Read morePublished on August 30, 2008 by S. Nelson
With a new mega pianist popping out of the woodwork every fifteen minutes or so these days, there are few indeed who possess the depth and interpretive range to go along with the... Read morePublished on August 21, 2007 by Amy
This DVD is a decided plus to your video classical music collection. First, it had the touch of Christopher Nupen who is no stranger to the realm of documentaries [check out his... Read morePublished on May 4, 2007 by Anthony J. Lomenzo
This biography is a decade old now, but I still find it wonderful to watch and listen too. The sound quality of the DVD is top notch as are the performances. Read morePublished on December 31, 2006 by Michael Sheas
As others have mentioned, the interview is absolutely senselessly horrible. With such bad questions, it's a wonder Kissin was even able to come up with something to say. Read morePublished on December 31, 2005 by L. Thorne
Kissin is quite fluent in English and things he mentioned are all relevant. To be fair, talking occupied only about 1/3 of the total footage leaving well over an hour on the... Read morePublished on July 1, 2003 by BLee