Evgeny Kissin’s Well-Tempered Departure Published on BlogCritics.com

Pianist Evgeny Kissin, concluding thePerspectives series at Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary season – which also celebrated his illustrious pianistic solo debut here 25 years ago – wooed audiences once more with Rachmaninoff’s beloved Piano Concerto No. 2, before taking a previously announced leave of absence from concertizing in the USA. The concert amounted to a farewell observation on the series’ narrative, revealing the artist’s uniquely personal artistic journey. Capture by Simone Massoni    This article was published...
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Evgeny Kissin: On a Mission to Celebrate Jewish Heritage

When Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post’s longtime political columnist and co-founder of the evening’s host organisation, Pro Musica Hebraica, introduced Evgeny Kissin at his recent Washington concert in co-production with the Kennedy Center, it was clear from the start that this evening would turn out to be very special. Photo Credit: Margot Schulman “Tonight’s performance carries particular poignancy because on Dec. 7, 2013, in a dramatic defiance of attempts to isolate and ostracize Israeli...
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“Niggunim” – Hebrew for soulful melodies

       To re-claim one’s cultural heritage has always been an agenda for the Jewish people, who were and are ethnically dispersed in the Diaspora.      This Saturday night’s program at the 92nd Street Y, just before the Passover holidays, was presented by virtuoso violinist Gil Shaham in a duo recital with his sister, the fine concert pianist Orly Shaham. Their performance was devoted to that purpose: celebrating Jewish heritage in music and, beyond...
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