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Evgeny Kissin brings down the house at Symphony Center / WTTW

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A number of extraordinary pianists of different generations have played on the Symphony Center stage during the past season or two: The 26-year-old Italian-born Beatrice Rana; the 28-year-old Russian-born Daniil Trifonov; and, last week, the 70-year-old Japanese-born Mitsuko Uchida. And all gave thrilling performances that earned rapturous responses from their audiences.

But the extended standing ovations that followed each of the four works performed at Sunday afternoon's concert by Evgeny Kissin were something different. And the volcanic applause that erupted at the end of the concert (at which nearly every seat, both in the theater and on stage, was filled), was joyfully reciprocated by the musician who played four encores, including one self-penned piece. The whole thing was unlike anything I can recall.

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