Almost exactly a year after his last performance in the Barbican Hall, Russian piano maestro Evgeny Kissin returns for another recital, likely to be a high point in the venue’s 2015/2016 season. Enviably virtuosic and the master of a wide repertoire, Kissin has transcended his prodigy status to become one of the world’s most in demand players. Noted for his forceful, even physical relationship with his instrument and effusive, expansive style, you can comfortably expect to leave a Kissin concert with shredded emotions.
This time around, Kissin has curated a broadly chronological program of astonishing diversity. He begins with Mozart’s ever-popular Sonata No. 10 (1783), one of the great composer’s best known compositions. Afterwards, the audience will be plunged into the deep end, with Beethoven’s Sonata No. 23 (1804-6), the Apassionata, one of the most challenging solo piano pieces ever composed.
The second half begins on a more introspective note, with Brahms’ Intermezzi (1892), based on a Scottish ballad and composed only a few years before his death. Rather than end the concert with another canonised favourite, Kissin has chosen to finish with works from two obscure Spanish pianists, Isaac Albéniz and Joaquín Larregla. Judging by their pieces’ regionalist names – ‘Granada, Cadiz, Cordoba, Asturias’ and ‘Viva Navarra!’ respectively – it is probable they will offer a rousing, bombastic climax tinged with Iberian colours.
|What||Evgeny Kissin Recital, Barbican Hall|
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS | MAP
|Nearest tube||Barbican (underground)|
On 10 Mar 16, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the Barbican website|