Each of the three Chopin nocturnes chosen by Evgeny Kissin show mastery of motivic echoes in a context of limping rhythm, pathos enfolding a hymn, and – in what was the composer’s last work of the kind – endless ambiguity. Schumann’s underplayed Third Sonata (1836) is a bounding love letter to Clara Wieck, its slow movement a set of variations on a piece of hers, where the descending scale reappears in the other movements. Kissin’s choice of Debussy Preludes (1909-13) reveals Greek dancers, traditional songs, wind, candour, a Spanish guitar, bells rising through the sea, a comedian and fireworks, all with incredible sound. The fireworks’ key of F sharp prepares for Scriabin’s compact Fourth Sonata (1903), its first movement wandering in a glistening stillness, its second coming out of that dream into another.
22 July 2018
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Evgeny Kissin (©Sheila Rock)