Pianist Evgeny Kissin was deserving the title of wunderkind if ever anyone was. His rise to prominence and technical maturity was meteoric from the age of two. Unlike so many who peak young and are never heard from again, Kissin has maintained and even expanded on his youthful notoriety. Now, at the time of this writing, in his late thirties, he has established himself as one of the most commanding pianists of our time, both musically and technically. This Deutsche Grammophon DVD takes us back in time to remind us of the development Kissin has undergone. Filmed at the age of 19, Kissin's program leans heavily toward the Romantic but is still extremely diverse from an interpretive standpoint. From the refined introspection of Schubert to the bravura of Liszt to the musical elusiveness of Brahms, Kissin handles every portion of the program with ease. True, there's still a sense of youthful impetuousness to his playing but never brashness or recklessness. From a visual standpoint, viewers will at once notice Kissin's trademark hand position, one that only he could pull off and not be criticized for; after all, you can't argue with the results. At this age, Kissin tended to rock back and forth almost constantly, a disturbing and off-putting trait that he has fortunately outgrown. Brilliantly produced by Christopher Nupen, this DVD offers exceptional views of Kissin's hands at work along with a clean, albeit it slightly sterile, sound throughout.