Evgeny Kissin – The Gift of Music (Documentary of 1998)

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Filmmaker Christopher Nupen about the film:
“Evgeny Kissin not only has dazzling virtuosity and unmistakable star appeal, his meteoric rise to the top of the international concert circuit has seldom been equaled. There have not been many careers in music that have climbed so high, so fast, and this film follows some of that remarkable progress at close quarters.
Films of this kind thrive on discovery and depend very much for their success on being in the right place at the right time. Happily, with Evgeny Kissin, we were able to be there when his career changed from that of a well-respected musician to international artist of the very highest rank. We filmed it as it happened, and contributed to the process with the additional intention of preserving something of it for posterity.
Evgeny Igorevich Kissin began to play the piano at the age of two, as soon as he was tall enough to reach the keyboard, and with his mother as teacher he had made so much progress by the age of six that his parents took him to the Moscow Gnessin School of Music for Gifted Children. It was there that he met Anna Pavlovna Kantor, who was to have a profound effect on his development. She remained his mentor from the age of six until he had achieved maturity and world-wide fame and remains a guiding friend to this day. For a pupil-teacher relationship to remain so close for so long is probably unprecedented at this level and that is one of the themes of our film.
It is a film that shows Kissin in preparation, interview, rehearsal and performance, with several dazzling performances shot live on stage, in true concert conditions, where this captivating artist is undoubtedly at his best. It also contains footage from Kissin’s memorable Promenade concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in August 1997.
That remarkable event generated an enthusiasm that many felt had not been seen at any solo recital in London since Paganini and, at its end, Evgeny Kissin played the longest succession of encores in the entire history of the Proms. We were there, with five cameras, and filmed the whole of that extraordinary run of encores.”

41:33 Haydn – Sonata No. 52 – 3rd movement (Presto)
42:59 Liszt – Liebestraum No. 3 – Excerpt
45:19 Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 – Excerpt
52:00 Chopin – Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2 – Conclusion
55:14 Chopin – Sonata No. 3 Op.58 – 1st movement (Allegro maestoso)
57:36 Chopin – Sonata No. 3 Op. 58 – 4th movement (Presto non tanto – Agitato)
1:03:20 Beethoven – The Turkish March
1:07:47 Chopin – Grand Waltz in A Flat, Op. 34, No. 1
1:14:41 Paganini/Liszt – La Campanella
1:21:15 Schubert/ Godowsky – Moment Musical No. 3 in F Minor
1:25:53 Beethoven – Rondo Capriccioso – Rage over the Lost Penny Op. 129
1:32:51 Chopin – Mazurka in A Minor Op. 67 No. 4
1:37:16 Chopin – Waltz in E Minor Op. Posth

An Allegro Film by Christopher Nupen

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