Notes and Editorial Reviews
Recorded live at Carnegie Hall, The New York Concert features Evgeny Kissin in a rare performance as a chamber musician, performing with the nine-time Grammy-winning Emerson String Quartet. The New York Times raved about the concert, calling Kissin a “dynamo” with “an unfailingly fine, even touch” and the Emersons “as melting individually, singing limpid, sinuous melodies, as they were powerful in their unified outbursts.”
The set is launched with a striking reading of Mozart’s G minor Piano Quartet, its already dramatic beginning given an even more chiselled profile thanks to the precision of the Emerson and Kissin’s vehement accentuation. The more effective piece is the encore: the Scherzo from Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet, where all concerned let rip to bracingly dramatic effect.