Evgeny Kissin was a child prodigy. Born in Moscow, he was improvising on the piano at 2 and humming along with Bach while his sister played at the tender age of 6. He was one of those kids who amazed people with an almost innate disposition to the piano. His ability to play serious music with a seemingly preternatural understanding of nuances and rhythms quickly vaulted him into the limelight.By the time he was 13, Kissin was playing with the Moscow State Philharmonic Orchestra and at age 19 he performed Frederic Chopin’s two piano concertos with the New York Philharmonic under conductor Zubin Mehta. In addition to his his numerous awards as an instrumentalist, Kissin received a Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist in 2006.On the upcoming EMI Classics release, Kissin, now 36, tackles two beautiful piano concertos. The first, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor is a dark and serious piece, and as far as what is considered stereotypical Mozart-this is far from it. In fact, Mozart wrote only two concertos in minor keys and as this one was written just five years before his death, it sounds markedly different from many of his other works.Playing with the London Symphony Orchestra, led by Sir Colin Davis, Kissin shines during his interpretation. In the first movement, the piano enters softly, following an extended ritornello during which the C minor key is firmly established by the orchestra. During this movement tension rises and falls, gradually exposing new themes and tonalities. After the cadenza, (written by Kissin) the movement ends quietly on a somber note.The second movement begins more playfully before transitioning back into a darker passage. The contrasting minor and major tonalities are evident throughout as flutes and bassoons blow melancholy lines that are eventually absorbed and lightened up by the piano.The third and final movement is brisk and full of tension and release. Again, Kissin writes his own cadenza as Mozart wrote none for this concerto. The piano is most prominent in this movement and there is some truly beautiful dialogue between the woodwinds as well. After the brief cadenza, the orchestra gears up again amid some beautiful piano flourishes, and a lovely melody in the flutes. The ending comes abruptly yet unmistakably as the volume swells and the conductor brings the hammer down firmly in typical Classical style-on the tonic.On this record, Kissin also performs Robert Schumann’s only completed Piano Concerto in A minor.This is a beautiful disc full of music that will continue to surprise and satisfy with every listen.Kissin delivers another performance worthy of his lofty status as a pianist. Furthermore, the selection of pieces is also interesting, considering they are not the most commonly heard concertos.                 Pick up this disc @CDconnection.comamazon.comemiclassics.com

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