For the Record

Last fall, the nineteen-year-old Soviet pianist Evgeny Kissin gave his Carnegie Hall debut with a recital of surpassing poetic richness and technical polish. BMG Classics recorded it live for RCA Victor Red Seal, and the CD is now in the stores.

Another extraordinary Carnegie Hall event of recent vintage, this one on Deutsche Grammophon (audio and video formats): a rousing concert of spirituals shared by Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman, both in rare form.

Coming this month from Teldec Classics International are songs from The Threepenny Opera featuring the original Berlin cast, plus other hits, by Weill and others, of the same vintage. Lotte Lenva headlines. Cameos by Marlene Dietrich. Sounds irresistible.

Matthew Gurewitsch, a senior editor at Connoisseur magazine, concentrates on the performing arts.