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Evgeny Kissin

Evgeny Kissin sitting on a stool with his hands clasped

Evgeny Kissin, one of the finest pianists of the age, gives a recital of formidable complexity: two great sonatas by Beethoven and Prokofiev frame music by Brahms and Chopin.

Kissin’s programme opens with German Romanticism: Beethoven’s Sonata No 27 contrasts a passionate opening movement with a soulful second, and Brahms’s poetic early Ballades evoke a bygone era. Chopin finds moments of brightness amidst sorrow, and Prokofiev’s Second Sonata, while exhibiting moments of lyricism, looks to the future.

Evgeny Kissin has been thrilling audiences for much of his life, his gifts encapsulated by The Times: ‘all the hallmarks of his genius – and one does not use the word lightly – were on display: the rich, sonorous tone, the dazzling finger work and, above all, the inspired fantasy. So compelling is Kissin’s pianism, so fresh his response to even the most familiar phrases, that one hangs on every note.’

This performance will finish at approximately 9.30pm, including a 20-minute interval

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The legendary Evgeny Kissin returns to the Barbican for a typically ambitious programme. Find out more about the music in our free digital programme.

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