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Pletnev in Person - Beethoven, Bach/Busoni, Schubert, Chopin/Liszt, Tchaikovsky / Mikhail Pletnev, piano

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 2 no 2
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita no 2 in D minor, for solo violin, BWV 1004
>Liszt, Franz : 6 Chants polonais, S 480
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : 6 Pieces, Op. 19
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons, Op. 37b
>Schubert, Franz : Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Onyx presents a special treat for both fans of Mikhail Pletnev and for piano enthusiasts in general. Recorded in single takes between sessions for other recordings, these performances allow us to eavesdrop on one the great pianists of our time, playing only for pleasure. Never before released, the performances and recordings here include a Beethoven sonata Pletnev has not recorded before, and a reading of the Bach/Busoni Chaconne recording that pre-dates his famous 'Live from Carnegie Hall' album. The Schubert Impromptus were recorded at Rachmaninov's villa in Switzerland on the composer's own Steinway. The spontaneous nature of the playing is captivating and, as always with Pletnev, exciting.

The Guardian, 24th October 2013
This disc is a reminder of what we've been missing and of the qualities that make him a leading pianist of our time...The playing is wonderfully alive, sometimes dazzling. As ever with Pletnev, there are details that won't be to all tastes...But there's no doubting the inquiring musical mind behind it, or the quality of the pianism.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2014
Sensational. Unique. In a realm all their own. Now words are really apt here...The most obvious feature of the playing here is the artist's unfettered imagination - a currently unfashionable commodity. In the end though, this is the least of it. Pletnev simply sees in the score essentials which most musicians miss.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2014
The long line is Pletnev's starting point. However undulant he feels it need be, however delicate or powerful he feels it need be, it is always an integral part of the form and rhythm of a piece...the kind of musicianship that makes the odd foible irrelevant, even meaningless.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 2 no 2
  • Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1794-95.
  • Running Time: 23 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1794-1795

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita no 2 in D minor, for solo violin, BWV 1004 :: Chaconne
  • Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Liszt, Franz : 6 Chants polonais, S 480 :: Zyczenie (A Maiden's Wish)
  • Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : 6 Pieces, Op. 19 :: no 4. Nocturne in C sharp minor
  • Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons, Op. 37b :: no 11
  • Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Schubert, Franz : Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90
  • Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1827