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Without Franz Liszt, where would the piano be? It was Liszt who exhausted nearly all the potential dormant in this instrument, taking it to the limits of what was possible with ten fingers. Evgeny Kissin has played a lot of Liszt in his long career. However, he has set aside the piano concertos until now. The Second Concerto in A major presents a dreamy theme and subjects it to one transformation after another. It calls for everything Kissin has to offer: tremendous dexterity but also a feeling for the poetic.




Emmanuel Krivine  conductor  
Evgeny Kissin  piano  
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 conductor 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.

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