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Evgeny Kissin's sensational recital at 2021's summer Salzburg Festival. The Salzburg Recital builds dramatic tension across a compelling programme of music by Berg, Chopin, Gershwin and Khrennikov. An adventurously idiosyncratic concert program, the first half of the recital uniting three early 20th-century composers from wholly contrary musical traditions: Austria, Russia and the United States. The second half of the recital is devoted entirely to the music of Frédéric Chopin on whom Kissin noted, 'the longer I live, the more I feel that his music is closest to my heart'. After Alban Berg's incredibly expressive Piano sonata, the rhythmic vitality and light-footedness of Gershwin's Three Preludes for Piano with their vibes of Charleston, blues and foxtrot are standing next to the meditative nature of three of Chopin's Impromptus and a brooding Nocturne. Kissin combined them most intriguingly with pieces of Russian composer Tikhon Khrennikov, showing the surprisingly modernist nature of his early compositions. A most memorable programme culminates in three encores containing Debussy's 'Clair de lun', a composition of Kissin himself and one of Mendelssohn's 'Lieder ohne Worte'.

Track Listing:
1. Piano Sonata, Op. 1 (Alban Berg) - Evgeny Kissin
2. Five pieces for piano, op. 2, I. Vivace (Tikhon Khrennikov) - Evgeny Kissin
3. Five pieces for piano, op. 2, II. Andante Con Moto (Tikhon Khrennikov) - Evgeny Kissin
4. Five pieces for piano, op. 2, III. Moderato (Tikhon Khrennikov) - Evgeny Kissin
5. Five pieces for piano, op. 2, IV. Andante (Tikhon Khrennikov) - Evgeny Kissin
6. Five pieces for piano, op. 2, V. Allegro Vivace (Tikhon Khrennikov) - Evgeny Kissin
7. Three preludes, I. Allegro Ben Ritmato E Deciso (George Gershwin) - Evgeny Kissin
8. Three preludes, II. Andante Con Moto E Poco Rubato (George Gershwin) - Evgeny Kissin
9. Three preludes, III. Allegro Ben Ritmato E Deciso (George Gershwin) - Evgeny Kissin
10. Nocturnes, op. 62, No. 1 in B Major. Andante (Frederic Chopin) - Evgeny Kissin
11. Impromptu No. 1 in A-flat Major, Op. 29 (Frederic Chopin) - Evgeny Kissin
12. Impromptu No. 2 in F-sharp Major, Op. 36 (Frederic Chopin) - Evgeny Kissin
1. Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat Major, Op. 51 (Frederic Chopin) - Evgeny Kissin
2. Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20 (Frederic Chopin) - Evgeny Kissin
3. Polonaise in A-flat Major, Op. 53, 'Heroic' (Frederic Chopin) - Evgeny Kissin
4. Three pieces for piano, op. 5, III. Dance (Tikhon Khrennikov) - Evgeny Kissin
5. Lieder ohne Worte, op. 38, VI. Andante Con Moto in A-flat Major, 'Duetto' (Felix Mendelssohn) - Evgeny Kissin
6. Four piano pieces, op. 1, Dodecaphonic Tango (Evgeny Kissin) - Evgeny Kissin
7. Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 31 (Frederic Chopin) - Evgeny Kissin
8. Suite bergamasque, L75, Clair De Lune (Claude Debussy) - Evgeny Kissin