Mikhail Pletnev

Biography

Born: April 14, 1957; Archangelsk, Russia  
Mikhail Pletnev was born in Archangelsk, which is located in the north of Russia on the coast of the White Sea. By the time Pletnev began piano studies at age seven, with pianist Julia Shaskina, his family had moved to the central Russian City of Kazan in Tatarstan. Pletnev demonstrated promise and was enrolled at age 13 in Evgeny Timakin's piano preparatory class at the Moscow Central Music School. At 14, Pletnev earned the Grand Prix awarded by Read more the International Jeunesses Musicales in Paris, and at 15 he transferred into master classes headed by Yakov Flier at the Moscow Conservatory. It was under Flier that Pletnev's talent really took wing, and after taking the gold medal at the All-Union Competition in 1977, Pletnev won the coveted gold at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1978. "Having rehearsed for the Tchaikovsky Competition under (Flier's) guiding hand," Pletnev once remembered, "I effectively performed there in his name."

Having paid his dues in the tough Russian competition circuit, Pletnev was now free to tour, and appeared on the concert circuit to worldwide acclaim. Critics from London, to New York, and to Tokyo alike praised Pletnev's interpretations of Scarlatti, Liszt, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, and other primarily mainstream piano composers. Some critics likened Pletnev's approach to that of Michelangeli or Horowitz. In particular, Pletnev is recognized by his affinity for Tchaikovsky, and the pianist has prepared his own transcriptions of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker, as well as recasting his opera Eugene Onegin as a ballet.

As the Berlin Wall came down, Pletnev was in the process of founding and organizing the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow. Since that time Pletnev has appeared less often in public as a pianist; he took up the mantle of conductor of the RNO and held the post until 1999. The orchestra under Pletnev made several critically acclaimed recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, including an award-winning set of Tchaikovsky's six symphonies released in 1996. Pletnev also took the orchestra on a tour to the United States during the 1992-1993 season. In addition to his world-class skills with the baton and at the keyboard, Pletnev is also a better-than-average amateur violinist, and finds the time to compose orchestral pieces and chamber music. Read less

Biography

Born: April 14, 1957; Archangelsk, Russia  
Mikhail Pletnev was born in Archangelsk, which is located in the north of Russia on the coast of the White Sea. By the time Pletnev began piano studies at age seven, with pianist Julia Shaskina, his family had moved to the central Russian City of Kazan in Tatarstan. Pletnev demonstrated promise and was enrolled at age 13 in Evgeny Timakin's piano preparatory class at the Moscow Central Music School. At 14, Pletnev earned the Grand Prix awarded by Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Lento lugubre - Moderato con moto
II. Vivace con spirito
III. Andante con moto
IV. Allegro con fuoco
No.1 in C (Presto)
No.2 in E minor (Allegretto scherzando)
No.3 in A flat (Poco allegro)
No.4 in F (Tempo di minuetto)
No.5 in A (Allegro vivace)
No.6 in D (Allegretto scherzando)
No.7 in C minor (Allegro assai)
No.8 in G minor (Presto)
No.1 in B (Molto vivace)
No.2 In E Minor (Allegretto grazioso)
No.3 in F (Allegro)
No.4 in D flat (Allegretto grazioso)
No.5 in B flat minor (Poco adagio)
No.6 in B flat (Moderato, quasi minuetto)
No.7 in C (Allegro vivace)
No.8 in A flat (Lento grazioso, ma non troppo, quasi tempo di valse)
I. Moderato assai - Allegro brillante
II. Allegro moderato e semplice
III. Andante elegiaco
IV. Scherzo
V. Allegro con fuoco
1. Allegro con brio
2. Andante con moto
3. Allegro
4. Allegro
1. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
2. Allegretto
3. Presto - Assai meno presto
4. Allegro con brio
1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
2. Molto vivace
3. Adagio molto e cantabile
4. Presto -
4. Presto - "O Freunde" - Allegro assai
1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande: Allegro ma non troppo
2. Szene am Bach: (Andante molto mosso)
3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Allegro)
4. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro)
5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm: Allegretto
1. Allegro vivace e con brio
2. Allegretto scherzando
3. Tempo di menuetto
4. Allegro vivace
I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
II. Andante marziale, quasi moderato
III. Scherzo and Trio: Allegro molto vivace
IV. Finale: Moderato assai - Allegro vivo
Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17, "Little Russian": I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro comodo - Andante sostenuto (original 1872 version)
I. Allegro tranquillo (Dreams of a Winter Journey)
II. Adagio cantabile ma non tanto (Land of Desolation, Land of Mists)
III. Scherzo: Allegro scherzando giocoso
IV. Finale: Andante lugubre - Allegro maestoso
Overture
Act I Tableau 1: Decoration of the Christmas tree
Act I Tableau 1: March
Act I Tableau 1: Children's galop and entry of the parents
Act I Tableau 1: Scene dansante
Act I Tableau 1: Scene and Grandfather's Dance
Act I Tableau 1: Departure of the guests - Night
Act I Tableau 1: The battle and transformation scene
Act I Tableau 2: The forest of fir trees in winter
Act I Tableau 2: Waltz of the Snowflakes
Act II Tableau 3: The enchanted palace of the kingdom of sweets
Act II Tableau 3: Arrival of Clara and the Nutcracker
Act II Tableau 3: Divertissement: a. Chocolate - Spanish Dance
Act II Tableau 3: Divertissement: b. Coffee - Arabian Dance
Act II Tableau 3: Divertissement: c. Tea - Chinese Dance
Act II Tableau 3: Divertissement: d. Trepak - Russian Dance
Act II Tableau 3: Divertissement: e. Dance of the Toy Flutes
Act II Tableau 3: Divertissement: f. Mother Gigogne and the clowns
Act II Tableau 3: Waltz of the flowers
Act II Tableau 3: Pas de deux: The Prince and the Sugar-Plum Fairy
Act II Tableau 3: Variation 1: Tarantella
Act II Tableau 3: Variation 2: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
Act II Tableau 3: Coda
Act II Tableau 3: Final waltz
Act II Tableau 3: Apotheosis
Fantasia Elvetica: I. Maestoso
Fantasia Elvetica: II. Tranquillo
Fantasia Elvetica: III. Temps di marcia - Andante
Fantasia Elvetica: IV. Tempo di polka - Più vivo - Allegro
I. Andante - Allegro con anima
II. Andante cantabile con alcuna licenza
III. Valse: Allegro moderato
IV. Finale: Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace
1. Grave - Allegro ma non troppo
2. Allegro animato
3. Larghetto
4. Allegro con fuoco
1. Largo - Allegro moderato
2. Allegro molto
3. Adagio
4. Allegro vivace
1. Lento - Allegro moderato
2. Adagio ma non troppo
3. Allegro
1. Non allegro
2. Andante con moto (Tempo di valse)
3. Lento assai - Allegro vivace
I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima
II. Andantino in modo di canzone
III. Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.1 In G Minor, Op.13 "Winter Reveries" - 1. Allegro tranquillo
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.1 In G Minor, Op.13 "Winter Reveries" - 2. Adagio cantabile ma non tanto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.1 In G Minor, Op.13 "Winter Reveries" - 3. Scherzo (Allegro scherzando giocoso)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.1 In G Minor, Op.13 "Winter Reveries" - 4. Finale (Andante lugubre - Allegro maestoso)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.2 In C Minor, Op.17 "Little Russian" - 1. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.2 In C Minor, Op.17 "Little Russian" - 2. Andantino marziale, quasi moderato
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.2 In C Minor, Op.17 "Little Russian" - 3. Scherzo. Allegro molto vivace - Trio. L'istesso tempo
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.2 In C Minor, Op.17 "Little Russian" - 4. Finale. Moderato assai - Allegro vivo - Presto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.3 In D, Op.29 "Polish" - 1. Introduzione e Allegro
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.3 In D, Op.29 "Polish" - 2. Alla tedesca (Allegro moderato)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.3 In D, Op.29 "Polish" - 3. Andante elegiaco
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.3 In D, Op.29 "Polish" - 4. Scherzo (Allegro vivo)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.3 In D, Op.29 "Polish" - 5. Finale (Allegro con fuoco)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36 - 1. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima - Moderato assai, quasi Andante - Allegro vivo
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36 - 2. Andantino in modo di canzone
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36 - 3. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36 - 4. Finale (Allegro con fuoco)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 In E Minor, Op.64 - 1. Andante - Allegro con anima
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 In E Minor, Op.64 - 2. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza - Moderato con anima
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 In E Minor, Op.64 - 3. Valse (Allegro moderato)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 In E Minor, Op.64 - 4. Finale (Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace)
Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op.58 - 1. Lento lugubre - Moderato con moto - Andante
Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op.58 - 2. Vivace con spirito
Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op.58 - 3. Andante con moto
Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op.58 - 4. Allegro con fuoco
Introduction
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 1. Scene
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 2. Valse
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 3. Scene
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 4. Pas de trois: I. Intrada
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 4. Pas de trois: II. Andante sostenuto
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 4. Pas de trois: III. Allegro semplice - Presto
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 4. Pas de trois: IV. Moderato
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 4. Pas de trois: V. Allegro
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 4. Pas de trois: VI. Coda: Allegro vivace
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 5. Pas de deux: I. Tempo di valse ma non troppo vivo, quasi moderato
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 5. Pas de deux: II. Andante - Allegro
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 5. Pas de deux: III. Tempo di valse
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 5. Pas de deux: IV. Coda: Allegro molto vivace
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 6. Pas d'action
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 7. Sujet
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 8. Dance of the goblets: Tempo di polacca
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 9. Finale: Andante: The flight of swans
Act II By a Lake: No. 10. Scene: Moderato
Act II By a Lake: No. 11. Scene
Act II By a Lake: No. 12. Scene: Allegro
Act II By a Lake: No. 13. Dances of the swans: I. Tempo di valse
Act II By a Lake: No. 13. Dances of the swans: II. Moderato assai
Act II By a Lake: No. 13. Dances of the swans: III. Tempo di valse
Act II By a Lake: No. 13. Dances of the swans: IV. Allegro moderato
Act II By a Lake: No. 13. Dances of the swans: V. Andante - Allegro
Act II By a Lake: No. 13. Dances of the swans: VI. Tempo di valse
Act II By a Lake: No. 13. Dances of the swans: VII. Coda: Allegro vivace
Act II By a Lake: No. 14. Scene: Moderato
Act III in the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 15. Allegro giusto
Act III in the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 16. Dance of the corps de ballet and dwarves: Moderato ...
Act III in the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 17. Arrival of the guests and waltz Allegro - Tempo di valse
Act III in the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 18. Scene: Allegro
Act III in the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 19. Pas de six: I. Intrada: Moderato assai
Act III in the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 19. Pas de six: II. Variation I: Allegro
Act III in the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 19. Pas de six: III. Variation II: Andante con moto
Act III in the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 19. Pas de six: IV. Variation III: Moderato
Act III in the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 19. Pas de six: V. Variation IV: Allegro
Act III in the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 19. Pas de six: VI. Variation V: Moderato - Allegro semplice
Act III in the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 19. Pas de six: VII. Coda: Allegro molto
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 20. Hungarian Dance: Moderato assai - Allegro moderato - Vivace
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 21. Spanish Dance: Allegro non troppo (Tempo di bolero)
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 22. Neapolitan Dance: Allegro moderato - Andantino
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 23. Mazurka: Tempo di mazurka
Act III in the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 24. Scene: Allegro
Act IV By the Lake: No. 25. Entr'acte: Moderato
Act IV By the Lake: No. 26. Scene: Allegro non troppo
Act IV By the Lake: No. 27. Dance of the cygnets: Moderato
Act IV By the Lake: No. 28. Scene: Allegro agitato
Act IV By the Lake: No. 28. Finale: Andante - Allegro agitato - Moderato e maestoso - Moderato
1. Allegro moderato
2. Canzonetta (Andante)
3. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)
1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
2. Andante cantabile con moto
3. Menuetto (Allegro molto e vivace)
4. Finale (Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)
3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
4. Finale (Allegro molto)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Andante con moto
3. Allegro
4. Allegro
1. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
2. Allegretto
3. Presto - Assai meno presto
4. Allegro con brio
1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
2. Larghetto
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. Allegro molto
1. Adagio - Allegro vivace
2. Adagio
3. Allegro vivace
4. Allegro ma non troppo
1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande: Allegro ma non troppo
2. Szene am Bach: (Andante molto mosso)
3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Allegro)
4. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro)
5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm: Allegretto
1. Allegro vivace e con brio
2. Allegretto scherzando
3. Tempo di menuetto
4. Allegro vivace
1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
2. Molto vivace
3. Adagio molto e cantabile
4. Presto -
4. Presto - "O Freunde" - Allegro assai
I. Allegramente
II. Adagio assai
III. Presto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Moderato ben accentuato
III. Toccata: Allegro con fuoco (piu presto che la prima volta)
IV. Larghetto
V. Vivo
I. The Palace Square: Adagio
II. The Ninth of January: Allegro
III. In Memoriam: Adagio
IV. The Tocsin: Allegro non troppo
Piano Concerto in G Major, Hob. XVIII:4 (cadenzas Mikhail Pletnev): I. Allegro moderato
Piano Concerto in G Major, Hob. XVIII:4 (cadenzas Mikhail Pletnev): II. Adagio cantabile
Piano Concerto in G Major, Hob. XVIII:4 (cadenzas Mikhail Pletnev): III. Rondo (Presto)
Piano Concerto in D Major, Hob. XVIII:11: I. Vivace
Piano Concerto in D Major, Hob. XVIII:11: II. Un poco adagio
Piano Concerto in D Major, Hob. XVIII:11: III. Rondo all 'Ungherese
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Larghetto
3. Rondo. Allegro
1. Lento - Allegro moderato
2. Adagio ma non troppo
3. Allegro
1. Non allegro
2. Andante con moto (Tempo di valse)
3. Lento assai - Allegro vivace
1. Moderato
2. Andante
3. Allegro
1. Allegro molto e con brio
2. Andantino cantabile
3. Vivace giocoso
1. Méditation in D minor
2. Scherzo in C minor
3. Mélodie in E flat
1. Lento lugubre - Moderato con moto - Andante
2. Vivace con spirito
3. Andante con moto
4. Allegro con fuoco
1. Largo - Allegro moderato
2. Allegro molto
3. Adagio
4. Allegro vivace


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