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Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition

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Any recording of Busoni's transcription of Bach's mighty organ Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C will inevitably be compared with the Vladimir Horowitz performance that opened his "comeback" recital in 1965 and the 78-rpm-era version of Arthur Rubinstein (resurrected on Volume 8 in BMG's Rubinstein Collection). Kissin gives us Horowitz's brilliance, without the nervous affectations and missed notes, and Rubinstein's healthy athleticism and grandeur, without the occasional inattention to detail. In a performance such as this, Kissin convinces us that he is at once the Horowitz and the Rubinstein of our era--and perhaps superior to either. In Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Kissin almost never falters in evoking the inherently Russian quality of the tableaux: the heartbreak of unrequited passion in the "Old Castle"; the lurching to and fro of "Bydlo"; the mimicry of "Tuileries"; the helter-skelter bargain-seeking of "Limoges"; and the spooky depths of "Catacombs" and "Con mortuis in lingua mortua." Perhaps "The "Hut on Fowl's Legs" and "The Great Gate of Kiev" have only been surpassed in live recitals by Kissin himself and, of course, by Sviatoslav Richter--the best of whose live performances, recorded at a 1958 recital in Sofia, is still available on a Philips disc. Kissin's encore, Balakirev's transcription of Glinka's "The Lark," demonstrates that, when it comes to creating a singing line, with sensitive phrasing and exquisite textures, he has no equal among pianists alive today. --Stephen Wigler
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Product Details

  • Performer: Evgeny Kissin
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Mikhail Glinka, Modest Mussorgsky
  • Audio CD (February 5, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005UED7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,109 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have spent the latest week listening to Kissin's newest CD. And here are my thoughts:
Bach/Busoni:
Kissin's clear tone suits the work perfectly. His tone is sharp and the pedalling is held to moderation. The toccata is virtuosic at times and Kissin rses to sound as a whole organ. The adagio is slow and beautifuly colored by Kissin. Each phrase has weight and you sink in your chair listening to it. But the best is yet to come, the fugue. I wish Kissin would play more poliphonic music like fugues because he is a master at dragging forward inner voices. His fingers seem to have individual life and the lines eash gain their own existance. Listen to the beginning of the fugue, such clarity, focus and calm. The breath of tone in this work displayed by Kissin shows clearly his capability to make the piano sound like any other instrument he likes, organ, orchestra or what ever.
Glinka/Balakirev:
Small work I haven't heard elsewhere. Melancolic, slow and beautiful. An ok break between the two major works on the disc.
Mussorgsky:
Listening to Kissin led me into yet one Pictures-mania. So, there has been a lot of comparisons this week. I must say it straight out: genius! This is what I call a high class performance. In his last CD (Chopin: 2nd sonata, preludes) his tone got a bit to hard at times, and I was curious is he would try the power-path of Horowitz or the poeticism of Richter. I am glad he choose the latter, although I love Horowitz's version(s). Take for exaple the Bydlo. Yes, Horowitz is funny and exiting when he unleashes a thunderous left in the high climax. But such a force makes the bydlo more of a crasy bull than a slow, fat and lumpish ox, making heavy steps. Kissin hold back the banging and portraies the bydlo as slow but powerful force.
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Mussorgsky's Pictures is the focus of this disc. Kissin's approach to this formidable piece was superb. His "Gate of Kiev" is really magnificent. The ballet of chickens and "the market" are sparkling with life. I have compared Kissin's performance with that of Richter's 1958 live performance. Both are superb performances in terms of technicality and musicianship. But in terms of sound quality, Kissin's Pictures surpasses Richter's. The two bonus pieces- Glinka's "The Lark" and Bach were also beautifully played.
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I was fortunate enough to hear Kissin perform all three pieces (as well as a Schumann Sonata and many short encores) in Ann Arbor in October, 2001, not long after he made this recording. His performance of "Pictures at an Exhibition" was stunning, a truly unforgettable concert-hall experience that totally involved the listener. Everyone in the audience was on the edge of their seats, not wanting to miss a single note, and the standing ovation that exploded at the end was spontaneous and heartfelt, not the "pro forma" response audiences are often criticized for giving indiscriminately.
Kissin shows a remarkable level of emotional connection with his music for someone so young (he is 30), and his technical virtuosity, always of the highest calibre, has only gotten better. This recording of "Pictures" is the new standard by which all others must be judged. While it does not completely displace Richter's famous Sofia recital, the sound is far superior and Kissin's interpretation is just as compelling as Richter's (and without any misplayed notes).
The Bach-Busoni is also excellent, and this recording will give the listener hours of pleasure. If you get a chance to hear this brilliant artist in concert, you will be able to appreciate his talent even more completely.
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This long anticipated cd of Kissin playing Bach/Busoni, Musorgsky, Glinka/Balakiriev should more than fill anybody's expectations and confirm his standing as one of the greatest pianists alive. From the organ sonorities of the Bach "Toccata" to the hushed singing of Glinka's "Lark", and through every characterization of Mussorgsk's "Pictures", Kissin is in full command of his powers. Every articulation, nuance, crescendo, is perfectly balanced and even more, in this cd he is absolutely giving first attention to the music rather than himself. He chooses to play the final entries of the Mussorgsky with controlled strength when most pianists choose to rip through this trying to emulate Richter's legendary performances. In the adagio of the Bach/Busoni work, he acheives a sense of spaciousness and yet every note is clear and he never blurs the lines. The following fuge is brilliantly articulated with attention never faltering. A great performance only matched by Horowitz indeed. Glinka's "The Lark" as transformed by Balakiriev is virtuosity of another kind - all the figurations serving a singing line which in this performance is held. In all, Kissin gives some of the best performances these works have ever received and these may become the standard until a new generation of pianists comes along.
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By A Customer on February 8, 2002
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For me personally, you can't go wrong with Kissin's interpretations. While they may be a little different from the norm, they are nevertheless convincing. And so is the case with Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. I was a little worried when I first heard the opening movement, he starts off at a fairly brisk tempo and I thought that he was just going to be zooming through the whole thing because he can. But he slows it back in various movements, and overall clocks in at almost 35 minutes for the whole piece, which was satisfying.
While Pictures is the main focus on the CD, the accompaning pieces, the Bach-Busoni and the Glink-Balakirev are just as well performed. I enjoyed them very much, but I'm not the one that should be rating these performances. I've only heard one other version of the Bach-Busoni and have never heard the Glinka-Balakirev on CD...it seems fairly hard to find.
It probably seems pointless for me to tell you to go buy this CD. Kissin is the type of artist that even if you didn't like the way he performs, you most likely will still buy his records and read reviews and attend his concerts. And Kissin fans will gobble up his music no matter what kind of reviews it gets anyways. But I'll go ahead and say it...go buy this album, it's very good.
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