Kissin delivers majesty and intimacy

Evgeny Kissin performing at Symphony Hall on Sunday.
Evgeny Kissin performing at Symphony Hall on Sunday.Robert Torres

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Attending an Evgeny Kissin recital can be like riding in an expensive luxury car. It is easy to be carried along by such opulent refinement and effortless power. Occasionally, however, one might wish for more visceral immediacy or greater variety of response.

In the first half of Kissin’s Sunday Celebrity Series recital in Symphony Hall, the pianist demonstrated the last degree of technical finish in a silver-toned performance of Schubert’s Sonata in D Major, D. 850. But I couldn’t help feeling that the lyrical heart of this magnificent music lacked a certain warmth.

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