Alain Planès

Biography

Born: 1948; Lyon, France  
Although French pianist Alain Planès has demonstrated a natural affinity for the French repertory, with an especially fine sense for the music of Debussy, Satie, and Chabrier, he has more often been associated with the works of Schubert and Haydn, two composers he has devoted much time to both in the concert hall and recording studio. But his vast repertory also includes large chunks of the outputs of Chopin and Scarlatti. To round out a portrait Read more of one of the most eclectic pianists of the day, one need only observe his championing of compositions by Boulez, Berio, Ligeti, and Stockhausen, and his work as a collaborator in a varied assemblage of chamber works. Planès has made numerous recordings, mostly for the Harmonia Mundi label.

Planès was born in Lyon, France, in 1948. At age five he began playing the piano and at eight appeared in concert with an orchestra. Young Alain inherited his mother's love for the arts, divulging not only a prodigious keyboard talent but an affinity for poetry and painting. At 12 he won first prize in a competition at the Lyon Conservatory, then enrolled at the Paris Conservatory shortly afterward for studies with Jacques Février.

Planès engaged in further music study in the United States at the University of Indiana at Bloomington, where his most important teachers were Menahem Pressler, Franco Gulli, William Primrose, and György Sebök. Planès soon became a regular partner in chamber concerts of cello virtuoso Janos Starker.

After his return to France, Planès served for a time as the pianist for Pierre Boulez's Ensemble InterContemporain. In 1981 he left this post to launch his international career as soloist and chamber player. Throughout the 1980s he built his reputation on a mixture of solo and chamber appearances, and soon his recordings began to draw notice as well. His initial effort for Harmonia Mundi was the 1991 collaboration with cellist Lluís Claret in cello sonatas by Chopin and Richard Strauss.

A string of other recordings followed, including an eight-disc series of Schubert sonatas and solo works, as well as a substantial series of keyboard sonatas by Haydn. In the new century Planès remained busy as a soloist and chamber player, appearing with the leading orchestras and at many festivals, including Marlboro, Aix-en-Provence, and Montreux. His later recordings include the 2006 CD of Debussy's Children's Corner Suite. Read less

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Biography

Born: 1948; Lyon, France  
Although French pianist Alain Planès has demonstrated a natural affinity for the French repertory, with an especially fine sense for the music of Debussy, Satie, and Chabrier, he has more often been associated with the works of Schubert and Haydn, two composers he has devoted much time to both in the concert hall and recording studio. But his vast repertory also includes large chunks of the outputs of Chopin and Scarlatti. To round out a portrait Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 1 in C Major: Agitato
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 2 in A Minor: Lento
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 3 in G Major: Vivace
Prelude No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 28 - "Suffocation"
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 5 in D. Major: Allegro Molto
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 6 in B Minor: Prélude, Op. 28 No. 6 in B Minor
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 7 in A Major: Andantino
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor: Molto Agitato
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 9 in E Major: Largo
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor: Allegro Molto
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 11 in B Major: Vivace
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor: Presto
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 13 in F-Sharp Major: Lento
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 14 in E-Flat Minor: Allegro
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 15 in D-Flat Major: Prélude, Op. 28 No. 15 in D-Flat Major
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 16 in B-Flat Minor: Presto con Fuoco
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 17 in A-Flat Major: Allegretto
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 18 in F Minor: Allegro Molto
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 19 in E-Flat Major: Vivace
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 20 in C Minor: Largo
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 21 in B-Flat Major: Cantabile
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 22 in G Minor: Molto Agitato
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 23 in F Major: Moderato
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 24 in D Minor: Allegro Appassionato
Mazurkas, Op. 41, No. 1 in E Minor: Andantino
Mazurkas, Op. 4I, No. 2 in B Major: Animato
Mazurkas, Op. 4I, No. 3 in A-Flat Major: Allegretto
Mazurkas, Op. 4I, No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor: Maestoso
I. Andante con espressione
II. Rondo (Presto)
I. Allegro
II. Adagio e cantabile
III. Tempo di Menuet
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Presto
I. Lent, doux et mélancolique
II. Souvenir du Louvre. Dans le mouvement d'une Sarabande
III. Quelques aspects de "Nous n'irons plus au bois" parce qu'il fait un temps épouvantable
I. Prélude. Assez animé et très rythmé
II. Sarabande. Avec une élégance grave et lente
III. Toccata. Vif
I. Pagodes. Modérément animé
II. La soirée dans Grenade
III. Jardins sous la pluie
I. Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d'été
II. Pour un tombeau sans nom
III. Pour que la nuit soit propice
IV. Pour la danseuse aux crotales
V. Pour l'Egyptienne
VI. Pour remercier la pluie au matin
Suite Bergamasque in F Minor. L 32: III. Clair de lune
Clair de Lune from Suite bergamasque
I. Paysage
II. Mélancolie
III. Tourbillons
IV. Sous-bois
V. Mauresque
VI. Idylle
VII. Danse villageoise
VIII. Improvisations
IX. Menuet pompeux
X. Scherzo-valse
I. Moderato
II. Largo
III. Menuet
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Finale. Presto
I. Moderato
II. Adagio
III. Finale. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Allegro di molto


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