This is an astonishing tour de force from the 19-year old Russian/Israeli genius It is often referred to as "The Munich Recital", by comparison with his "Tokyo Recital" that was recorded 2 years earlier. Unlike the latter, there is no audience, and it seems to be a mere studio performance, but the excitement and the magic are undeniable. What is more, the actual Program is more appealing. I was not looking forward to the 5 Liszt transcriptions of Schubert Lieder with which it begins, as I detest the showy mutilation of great music of which the arrogant Abbe was capable in his transcriptions. But Kissin brings not only the requisite technical power to these works, but also a wonderfully sensitive poetry that I doubt that the vulgar transcriber ever achieved, despite his reputation and prowess at the keyboard. The same qualities make his performance of the Wanderer Fantasy a benchmark interpretation, equaling those of Pollini and Brendel with which I am very familiar. The works by Bach and Gluck are nicely played, but lightweight by comparison. What is astonishing is how this youngster could switch from the poetry and magic of Schubert to the probing metaphysical complexity of Brahms' Fantasies Op 116 and plumb their terrifying depths with the understanding of a Rubenstein or Richter in their prime. As for the Hungarian Rhapsody no 12 by Abbe Liszt ---- it was played with precision and bravura to the point where if it had been a CD, I would have sworn that its performer was none other than the composer, flowing garments and beard and hair and all ------- not a young adolescent just on the threshold of adulthood. Technically, everything about this disc is first rate: sound, camera work, and the clarity of the images. A truly unique and historical document eternalizing a phase in the evolution of one of the great pianists of our time.