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At 24 the Moscow-born pianist Evgeny Kissin has graduated from enfant terrible precociousness to a probing artistic maturity that bodes well for a long career. Not content to rest on his laurels, Kissin is branching out while solidifying his basic repertoire--like Horowitz and Rubinstein before him, to name a couple of legendary prodigies whose East-to-West trajectories almost parallel his. In this solo recital he's included classically styled pieces by Mozart and Bach--for which he hasn't quite shown an affinity--alongside the loose-limbed, hyperromantic works of Schumann. We can be assured of a hypnotic performance of Schumann's Kreisleriana and a swoony treatment of his Toccata in C. It'll also be worth seeing whether Kissin can be compelling with Bach's Chaconne from the Unaccompanied Violin Partita no. 2 and capable of plumbing the depth of Mozart's A Major Sonata, K. 331. Sunday, 3 PM, Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan; 435-6666. TED SHEN

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo by Bette Marshall--RCA Victor.

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