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Pletnev in Person [Import]

Mikhail Pletnev , Various , None Audio CD
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  • Performer: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (October 8, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: ONYX CLASSICS
  • ASIN: B00ET4RH2C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,787 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pletnev the Magician... January 22, 2014
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Embarrassing though it is considering the rave review I recently gave to Mikhail Pletnev's disc "Hommage à Rachmaninov", I must now confess that Pletnev here has even topped himself with this new disc, which I can only describe as PIANISTIC MAGIC.

Pletnev dazzles us with the kind of playing that only the legends of the piano were supposed to be rarely capable of (usually in the 19th and early 20th centuries).

Case in point: In his "Homage" disc, Pletnev plays Beethoven's "Les Adieux" sonata beautifully, but here he plays Beethoven's Sonata No.2, in a way that I never even thought anyone could play ANYTHING by Beethoven. He's like a magician conjuring up music from the ether and from another world: almost inhuman. It literally takes your breath away.....

Even more extraordinary, we are told that all of the works played here just happened to have been recorded as Pletnev was trying out pianos and warming up to perform, and after hearing them he later agreed that none of them should be edited. WOW!

Impossible as it may seem, I cannot find mere words to adequately describe what this kind of playing sounds like, nor can I imagine what kind of spiritual or musical plane Pletnev must have been on, but being freed from the worries and concerns that most pianists would have to get all the notes right in each piece, he plays them all with such extraordinary ease and flair, it's as if he himself were composing the pieces at that very moment, even for example, Busoni's notoriously difficult arrangement of Bach's Partita No.2 n D minor, or the other "encore" works here by Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Schubert.

If you have any feeling for great piano music from the hands of a master, this is an unmissable purchase.
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I'm a fan of Pletnev's pianism and lament how few recordings he makes as a recitalist. His take on every composer is original; no performance ever fits a generic category, certainly not "typical Russian piano school." This collection is an odd duck, however. As the Amazon blurb states, it consists of performances given on the wing in between official sessions. Although the blurb claims that Pletnev was therefore playing for his own pleasure, he was aware, after all, that the microphone was present. In any event the recorded sound is quite fine, and the readings are of finished quality - there's not a sense of improvisation or off-the-cuff interpretations.

The program, as follows, adheres for the most part to the pianist's range of previously recorded composers from Bach-Busoni to Tchaikovsky:

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2 No. 2

Busoni:

Transcription of Bach's Partita BWV 1004: Chaconne

Chopin-Liszt:

A maiden's love (words S. Witwicki), Op. 74, No. 5

Schubert:

Impromptu in C minor, D899 No. 1

Impromptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3

Tchaikovsky:

Nocturne for cello & small orchestra (or cello & piano), Op. 19 No. 4

The Seasons, Op. 37b: November (Troika)

Pletnev can be a fascinating maverick as a Beethoven player, but in the Sonata no. 2 he stays close to Haydn in a reading that is poised and light; even the occasional outburst, which Richter would have used as an occasion for temperament, is restrained. The playing isn't dull or rote, however. We get a chance to relish Pletnev's lovely touch and instinctual phrasing. As a stylistic balancing act, it's quite impressive.
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