Evgeny Kissin performs Berg, Khrennikov, Gershwin, and Chopin

Verbier Festival 2021

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Evgeny Kissin — Pianist

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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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Directed by:
Jean-Pierre Loisil
Venue: Salle des Combins (Verbier, Switzerland)
Broadcast date: Sunday, July 25, 2021, 6:00 PM
Production date: 2021
Recording date: 19/07/2021
Duration: 1 h 23 min
Production: © Idéale Audience
Resolution: Full HD