Pianist Evgeny Kissin: Jewish Music and Poetry
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The last date listed for Evgeny Kissin was Monday February 24, 2014 / 7:30pm.
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Featured review from Philip C Brown
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This was a memorable evening. I've long been aware of Evgeny Kissin's talents as a pianist and have heard him perform works by well-known composers many times. But last night (Monday) before a full house at Kennedy Center, he played works by four little known Jewish composers and also recited Yiddish poetry. He did it all -- piano and poetry -- by memory and with great depth of feeling.
This summary doesn't do justice to the prodigious talents of Mr. Kissin. Let's just say that he is an artistic genius. Thanks to Pro Musica Hebraica for its role in presenting Mr. Kissin.
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Kissin is a superb pianist, completely calm and in control of the situation. He was introducing unfamiliar music, interspersed with recitations of Yiddish poetry (with the English translation on a screen above). I liked the idea of music plus...continued
Program (subject to change):
Milner Farn opsheyd (Kleyne rapsodie) (1939)
Bloch: Piano Sonata, Op. 40 (1935)
Bialik: Yiddish poetry selected and recited by Mr. Kissin
Krein: Suite dansee (1928), First Five Pieces
Peretz: Yiddish poetry selected and recited by Mr. Kissin
Veprik: Sonata No. 2 (1924)
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