Evgeny Kissin not only has dazzling virtuosity and unmistakable star-appeal, his meteoric rise to the top of the international concert circuit has seldom been equalled. There have been few careers in music that have climbed so high, so fast.
On the 10th of August 1997, Evgeny Kissin played the first solo recital in the 103-year history of the London Promenade Concerts. It was a Sunday afternoon in the second hottest August since records began but Kissin nevertheless drew the biggest Prom audience in all of those 103 years. As if that were not enough Kissin ended his recital with the longest succession of encores in the entire history of the Proms.... This film contains the whole of that astonishing run of encores.
The music is by Liszt, Gluck, Haydn, Beethoven, Kissin, Schubert and Chopin, the composer for whom Kissin feels the closest affinity.Also available: Evgeny Kissin, The Gift of Music, a portrait by Christopher Nupen.