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Evgeny Kissin, a lion at the piano
29.04.2021 VALERIE NAHMAD
Music
Evgeny Kissin

If it’s not easy to objectively review the recital that took place on Sunday April 15 at the New World Center (NWS). A review might be virtually pointless. That’s often the case when Evgeny Kissin plays onstage alone with a piano, his vital link to the rest of us mortals.

When Kissin works onstage, he seems to work with the audience’s energy. His concentration is contagious. There’s the connection –  pure, controlled emotion through music. As Kissin grows and leaves behind the traces of the child prodigy he once was, the artist also matures. And fortunately, the essence of the child remains intact within that growing maturity.

Kissin possesses the rare ability to pluck a deep inner chord, to set off the most genuine emotion. Emotion that dazzles with a spark and ignites a sacred fire beyond his purely technical or interpretative views (with which some might disagree). In the end, what counts is his talent, honesty, unwavering commitment and – ultimately – his generosity and kindness as an artist. On Sunday, everyone felt as if Kissin was playing for them individually, and the full house made for an intimate, perfect venue. It was a magical afternoon that begged to be etched in memory.

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