Kissin, Evgeny (Author); Arshinova, Marina (Editor) & McMillin, Arnold (Translator). MEMOIRS AND REFLECTIONS. Lebanon, New Hampshire: Fore Edge/University Press of New England, 2017. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 190 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author/performing artist's memoirs. One of the most beautifully written memoirs of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only by a University Press. Although originally written in Russian, there is NO Russian Edition, only British and American in translation. The First Edition is now scarce. The book is very beautifully produced, profusely illustrated with vintage photographs, a comprehensive, seventeen-page Bibliography of his recordings (an unsurpassed thirty-years' worth for a still-very-young pianist who first performed both Chopin Concertos at the age of 12), and printed on pristine-white, archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Evgeny Kissin's "Memoirs And Reflections" in a felicitous English translation. His idiosyncratic, deeply felt, and eloquent reminiscences and world-views, which set him apart from his fellow pianists (and for that matter, ALL other performing artists, Classical or Pop) as a moral voice for our time. At the outset, it needs to be said: Evgeny Igorevitch Kissin is a genius. The concert-going audience, in New York and Chicago as much as in Tokyo and Taipei, senses and indeed, realizes this as an objective fact; his book merely confirms it. With the exception of Grigory Sokolov, there is no other contemporary pianist like him, emotionally stunted, dissenting critics and reviewers be damned. "The intensity of Kissin's thinking animates this candid memoir, illuminating his astonishing memory, his fondness for his family and teachers, and his artistic sense of self. Infused with his lifelong engagement with music: An obsessive love that captured, challenged, and nurtured him from a young age. Recounts fortuitous events and serendipitous encounters with remarkable musicians and conductors. Writes of his family and friends with tender affection and touching detail" (Publisher's blurb). Kissin's views on such apparently controversial topics as what it means to be human, to be Russian-born (but deeply alienated), and to be Jewish are as "eccentric - and as honest - as those of us who know him would expect" (BBC Music Magazine). An absolute "must-have" title for Evgeny Kissin collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the front free endpaper (his preferred page) by Evgeny Kissin. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on tipped-in page. Kissin's signature fills up the page. It comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of his Chicago 2018 recital, during which event his signature was obtained. This title is now collectible, and will become a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: There is NO Russian Edition, only British and American in translation. A rare signed copy thus. The greatest pianist of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EVGENY KISSIN, LEIF OVE ANDSNES, MAURIZIO POLLINI, ARCADI VOLODOS, LANG LANG, YUNDI, JON NAKAMATSU, JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET, AND LARS VOGT TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1512602604. $100.00

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