Evgeny Kissin plays Bach and Schumann

From the Roman Theatre of Orange in the south of France

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Evgeny Kissin — Pianist

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July 9, 2001, a Roman ampitheatrer in the South of France. An audience of 4,000, perched on rain-soaked seats of ancient stone, watches with breathless anticipation as Evgeny Kissin takes the stage for an intimate and unforgettable recital. He begins with the Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue in C by J.S. Bach—the "alpha and omega," according to Kissin—and continues with Schumann's Piano Sonata No. 1, overflowing with youthful passion.

See the second half of this extraordinary recital here, featuring Mussorgsky and a jaw-dropping series of encores!

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