• Ilona Oltuski

Evgeny Kissin plays his Liszt – program at Carnegie Hall


The Concert : Tonight - that’s Kissin!

The hall’s acoustics carried full bodied resonances of Liszt’s overtones, overpowering even the most stubborn coughs around me. Lyricism was presented in abundance without being artificially sweetened into any kitsch, just blissful and delightful play. In Kissin's hands, Liszt, the virtuoso composer, who established the piano-recital as we know it with his famed “The concert, that’s me”, received the appreciation he so fully deserves. Kissin delighted with absolute keyboard mastery, bordering wizardry. 

After travelling around the world, Kissin’s Liszt-Tour reached Carnegie Hall on March 9th, 2011.

A contribution to the commemorations honoring Liszt’s 200th birthday this year, Liszt's seminal Sonata in B minor ended the first half, followed by three major works, exploring the composers' often searching side. Kissin ended with a phenomenal virtuous account of “Venezia e Napoli,” a pastiche of Italian gondola songs and a whirling tarantella, performed with great gusto and brilliance.

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