On Sunday 9th at 4pm we have the music documentary EVGENY KISSIN the GIFT of MUSIC (1h45mins).
Evgeny Igorevich Kissin was born in Moscow on the 10th of October 1971. He started to play the piano at the age of two, as soon as he was tall enough to reach the keyboard and he has not looked back from that day to this.
His is a very rare story of continued success that has had the simultaneous blessing of critics, the public and musicians alike.
This film by Christopher Nupen, who gave us The Trout, the Jacqueline du Pre films and so many other classics, is a film which shows Kissin in preparation, interview, rehearsal and performance, with several dazzling performances shot live on stage, in true concert conditions.
It also contains all the encores from Kissin's memorable Promenade concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in August, 1997. This was the first Prom in the 103-year history of the celebrated Promenade Concerts to be given by a solo recitalist and it attracted the biggest audience in all of those 103 years very nearly six thousand people.
The music is by Liszt, Gluck, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Paganini, Kissin himself and Chopin, the composer for whom Kissin feels the closest affinity.
‘’Christopher Nupen's film impressively sheds light on the life of young star pianist Kissin, who was just under 30 years old at the time, at the height of his career. Free from any showmanship, an unprecedented career in its development is sensitively addressed, with Kissin telling most of the anecdotes from his life himself. In addition to the triumphs and glorious concerts, the hard everyday life with all the hardships and burdens that is part of the life of a star pianist in the Zenith is also shown.’’ Amazon.co.uk reviewer
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