Evgeny Kissin reaffirms his credentials as one of the greatest pianists of our time in this unashamedly virtuosic recital.
Evgeny Kissin has come a long way since his astonishing teenage debut in the 1980s. From the brilliance of Beethoven’s Waldstein sonata to Chopin’s romantic poetry and Prokofiev’s “sonata of iron and steel”, this is a stirring programme from a master-pianist at the peak of his maturity and prowess.
London audiences need no introduction to Evgeny Kissin. “He is still astounding” wrote the Financial Times of his Barbican recital last season; “his imagination is strong”. Nearly three decades after his remarkable London debut, he’s still one of the most commanding figures in contemporary pianism, and this fascinating programme – spanning Beethoven, Prokofiev’s Soviet-era Fourth Sonata and Liszt’s spectacular Hungarian Rhapsody No.15 – will highlight more than just his electrifying virtuosity and imaginative power. A central sequence of Chopin’s nocturnes and mazurkas will uncover the fantasy and expressive intimacy that lies beneath the outward accomplishments of this incomparable artist.
Beethoven Sonata No 21 in C, Waldstein
Prokofiev Sonata No 4 in C minor
Nocturnes Op 9 No 1 and No 3, Op 48 No 1
Mazurkas Op 6 No 1, No 2 and No 3, Op 7 No 2 and No 3, Op 41 No 1
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No 15, Rákóczi March
Evgeny Kissin piano
Please note that due to demand we have released some seats on the stage behind Mr Kissin.
These are accessible through the ‘stalls’ section in the booking page, with row AA the closest row to the piano. If you are seated in this section, please be aware that you will need to be seated by 7.15pm and will enter through Door 1.
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More recitals at the Barbican:
Fri 17 Oct - Kavakos/Brahms: The Violin Sonatas
Tue 21 Oct - Elina Garanca in recital
Mon 12 Jan - Ian Bostridge sings Winterreise
Fri 23 Jan - Benjamin Grosvenor in recital
Wed 22 Apr - Capuçon/Brahms: The Cello Sonatas
Sat 16 May - Helene Grimaud in recital
Thu 28 May - Matthias Goerne in recital
Fri 5 Jun - Murray Perahia in recital
Part of Barbican Presents 2014–2015
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