Symphony Concert 24

Orchestre National de France | Emmanuel Krivine | Evgeny Kissin

Liszt | Mussorgsky | Ravel

Wed, 11.09.19.30No. 19348

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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    Symphony Concert 24

    Orchestre National de France | Emmanuel Krivine | Evgeny Kissin

    Emmanuel Krivine  conductor
    Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
    Mazeppa, S 100
    Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2 in A major, S. 125
    Modest Mussorgsky (1839–1881) / Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
    Pictures at an Exhibition

    He was regarded as a Russian prodigy, performed piano concertos at the age of 10, and was 17 when he celebrated his breakthrough – as a soloist at the New Year’s Eve concert of the Berlin Philharmonic under Karajan. Evgeny Kissin’s  star has been shining brightly in the firmament of the international piano scene for three decades now. But this musician, who was once so shy and who now lives in Prague as a British and Israeli citizen, has come out of his shell in recent years. He seems more open, more accessible, more willingly showing his colors. This has done no harm to his art: when Kissin plays Liszt, as in this concert, piano fans get their money’s worth. For this is a pianist who masters the whole spectrum, from ethereal, dreamy sounds to rich, hall-filling fortes. His musical partners in Lucerne are the Orchestre National de France and its principal con- ductor Emmanuel Krivine, who, after the break, play Ravel’s ideally matched orchestral version of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition – a work that proves what is possible through the power of music: during this imaginary tour of a museum, we even begin to see with our ears.

    Orchestre National de France

    Emmanuel Krivine

    Evgeny Kissin

    Evgeny Kissin was born in 1971 in Moscow; his father was an engineer and his mother a pianist. At the age of two, he began to play pieces on the piano by ear. His training started in 1977 at the Gnessin Music Academy in his native city; Anna Pavlovna Kantor, who was already giving him lessons at the time, remained his only teacher. Kissin’s extraordinary talent became apparent at an early age. He was only ten when he made his debut as a soloist in a symphony concert, and he gave his first solo recital the following year. In 1988 Kissin was invited to audition for Herbert von Karajan, who on the spur of the moment engaged him for the Berlin Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve Concert. In 1990 Kissin finally made his debut in the United States with the piano concertos of Chopin, which he performed with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. Since then Kissin, who has been a British citizen since 2002 and an Israeli citizen since 2013, has worked with all the leading orchestras and conductors. Along with these appearances and solo recitals, he also gives chamber concerts, as for example in the current season with the Emerson and Kopelman Quartets. Since 2002 Kissin has additionally performed as a reciter of Jewish and Russian poetry. His discography has garnered such distinctions as the Diapason d’Or, the Grand Prix du Disque, and the Edison Prize; his recording of Prokofiev’s Concertos No. 2 and 3 won both, a Grammy Award (2009) and an Echo Klassik Award (2010). His most recent release, which appeared in September 2017, is an album of Beethoven sonatas. Evgeny Kissin holds honorary doctorates from the Manhattan School of Music and from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music (2005), and has won the Shostakovich Prize (2003), the Karajan Prize (2005), and the Premio Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (2007).

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 30 August 1993 in the First Piano Concerto of Sergei Prokofiev, with Claudio Abbado conducting the Berlin Philharmonic.

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