Charles T. Downey: “Evgeny Kissin and the Yiddish Word”

Downey reviews our latest concert on his blog, Ionarts:

A recital by Evgeny Kissin is an unmissable event in my calendar.[….] Nothing prepared me, however, for the sensation offered by his latest performance[….]

The most unusual discovery was the second sonata of Alexander Veprik (1899-1958), from 1924, which was more expressionistic in style, a rumbling tempest of trills, repeated notes, downward-slashing tritones, jagged motifs, and brutal parallelisms. The slow section went a little more in the direction of Rachmaninoff, but here one was reminded most of the barbaric style of Bartók. It worked because Kissin made it into a rather dramatic, storm-tossed monologue, with great variation of touch.

Read the rest here.