Edinburgh International Festival
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Oliver Knussen, conductor
The remarkable pianist Kirill Gerstein brings technical assurance, characteristic subtlety and a gift for instilling unease to two canonical collections of miniatures — Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and Schumann’s “Carnaval” — often played more for their glittering surfaces than their unsettling depths. Well, Mr. Gerstein gets down deep.
The New York Times, July 16, 2014
Kirill Gerstein performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the San Diego Symphony and conductor Jahja Ling last weekend to unanimous acclaim. Playing with “unwavering focus and ardor” (San Diego Story), Kirill’s performace was hailed as “an interpretation that was remarkably alive, that seemed a constant reinvention of the music” (U-T San Diego). The praise was echoed by Bachtrack, which wrote, “His thrilling rendering of this most demanding masterpiece provided inarguable proof not only of his remarkable talent and musical accomplishment, but also of a unique personality that captivated the audience throughout his performance.”
Imaginary Pictures, to be released June 3 in the U.K. and June 10 in the U.S. on Myrios Classics, features Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Schumann’s Carnaval. Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for details on an upcoming CD giveaway!
On March 21 in Helsinki, Kirill performed in Berg’s Kammerkonzert (Chamber Concerto for Piano and Violin with 13 Wind Instruments) with violinist Leila Josefowicz and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra led by Oliver Knussen.
The live video recording of the performance is now available online, giving listeners worldwide a unique opportunity to watch, hear, and experience this piece intimately.
The video is available online until April 19.