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concert Evgeny Kissin performs Berg, Khrennikov, Gershwin, and Chopin Verbier Festival 2021

Verbier Festival 2021

Evgeny Kissin performs Berg, Khrennikov, Gershwin, and Chopin Verbier Festival 2021


A virtuoso among virtuosos lights up the stage of the Salle des Combins at the 2021 edition of the Verbier Festival! The awe-inspiring Evgeny Kissin performs Berg's single-movement Piano Sonata No. 1, selections by Soviet composer Tikhon Khrennikov, and Gershwin's timeless triptych of Preludes, before unveiling the second half of the program entirely dedicated to the poet of the piano. Chopin finds a worthy interpreter in the unerring and soulful Kissin, who begins with the exquisite Nocturne Op. 62 No. 1—one of the Polish master's final contributions to the genre he helped define—followed by the first three Impromptus. To close the evening on a triumphant note, Kissin performs the famed Polonaise Op. 53, ebullient and virtuosic and fittingly nicknamed “Heroic.”


Photo: Evgeny Kissin © Felix Broede

Evgeny Kissin appears courtesy of DG.

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  • Alban Berg, Piano Sonata, Op. 1
  • Tikhon Khrennikov, Five Pieces for Piano, Op. 2
  • George Gershwin, Three Preludes
  • Frederic Chopin, Nocturnes, Op. 62
    • No. 1 in B major
  • Frederic Chopin, Impromptu No. 1 in A-Flat Major, Op. 29
  • Frederic Chopin, Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp Major, Op. 36
  • Frederic Chopin, Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat Major, Op. 51
  • Frederic Chopin, Polonaise No. 6 in A-flat Major, Op. 53, "Heroic"
  • Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Songs Without Words, Op. 38
    • No. 6
  • Tikhon Khrennikov, Three Pieces for piano, Op. 5
    • III. Dance
  • Frederic Chopin, Études, Op. 25
    • No. 12 in C Minor
  • Claude Debussy, Suite bergamasque
    • III. Clair de lune


  • Directed by:
    • Jean-Pierre Loisil
  • Venue: Salle des Combins (Verbier, Switzerland)
  • Broadcast date: July 25, 2021, 8 p.m.
  • Production date: 2021
  • Recording date: 19/07/2021
  • Replay available until: October 21, 2021
  • Production: © Idéale Audience
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