Evgeny Kissin | Symphony Center | Classical | Chicago Reader
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When: Sun., Feb. 22, 3 p.m. 2009
Price: $100
Pianist Evgeny Kissin has beaten the tough odds that all former child prodigies face: now 37, he’s still avidly sought after as a soloist long after bursting onto the international stage with his stunning debut recording, a live performance of Chopin’s two concertos he made with the Moscow Philharmonic when he was 12. He’s released nearly four dozen more albums since then, including an excellent RCA disc of Scriabin, Medtner, and Stravinsky, which won a Grammy in 2006. He’s sometimes erratic in his interpretations (though undeniably a phenomenal player), but when he appeared with the CSO last March his reading of Brahms’s First Concerto was solid and impressive. For this recital program, he’ll begin with three selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, followed by his gripping Sonata no. 8, composed during World War II and filled with profound poetry and torment. The all-Chopin second half consists of the large-scale Polonaise-Fantaisie, three mazurkas, and a dazzling array of etudes. Kissin is also generous with his encores—it pays to stick around. —Barbara Yaross



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