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
1. Allegro - Adagio - Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Allegro assai
1. Allegro assai ma pomposo
2. [Andantino patetico]
3. Allegro scherzando
1. Allegro di molto
2. Allegretto
3. Presto di molto
1. Allegro - Adagio - Allegro
2. Poco Andante
3. Presto di molto
1. Allegro assai
2. Andante
3. Presto
1. Presto
2. Adagio
3. Andantino
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor 'Moonlight' Op. 27 No. 2: I. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor 'Moonlight' Op. 27 No. 2: II. Allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor 'Moonlight' Op. 27 No. 2: III. Presto agitato
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C 'Waldstein' Op. 53: I. Allegro con brio
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C 'Waldstein' Op. 53: II. Introduzione (Adagio molto)
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C 'Waldstein' Op. 53: III. Rondo (Allegretto moderato)
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor 'Appassionata' Op. 57: I. Allegro assai
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor 'Appassionata' Op. 57: II. Andante con moto
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor 'Appassionata', Op. 57: III. Allegro, ma non troppo - Presto
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part I: No. 1 in C Major
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part I: No. 2 in A Minor
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part I: No. 3 in G Major
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part I: No. 4 in E Minor
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part I: No. 5 in D Major
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part I: No. 6 in B Minor
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part II: No. 7 in A Major
24 Preludes Op. 11, Part II: No. 8 in F sharp minor
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part II: No. 9 in E Major
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part II: No. 10 in C Sharp Minor
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part II: No. 11 in B Major
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part II: No. 12 in G Sharp Minor
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part III: No 13 in G Flat Major
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part III: No. 14 in E flat minor
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part III: No. 15 in D Flat Major
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part III: No. 16 in B Flat Minor
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part III: No. 17 in A Flat Major
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part III: No. 18 in F Minor
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part IV: No. 19 in E Flat Major
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part IV: No. 20 in C Minor
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part IV: No. 21 in B Flat Major
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part IV: No. 22 in G Minor
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part IV: No. 23 in F Major
24 Preludes, Op.11, Part IV: No. 24 in D Minor
Sonata No. 4 in F Sharp Major, Op.30: I. Andante
Sonata No. 4 in F Sharp Major, Op.30: II. Prestissimo volando
Three Pieces Op. 45: I. Feuillet d'album
Three Pieces Op. 45: II. Poème fantasque
Three Pieces Op. 45: III. Prélude
Two Morceaux, Op.57: I. Désir
Two Morceaux, Op.57: II. Caresse dansée
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor Op. 23: I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor Op. 23: II. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo primo
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor Op. 23: III. Allegro con fuoco
Piano Concerto No. 9 in E Flat Major, K.271 (cadenzas by Mozart): I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat major K271 (cadenzas by Mozart): II. Andantino
Piano Concerto No. 9 in E Flat Major, K.271 (cadenzas by Mozart): III. Rondeau (Presto - Minuetto): Cantabile - Tempo primo
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor K466 (Cadenzas by Beethoven): I. Allegro - Cadenza - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466 (Cadenzas by Beethoven): II. Romanze
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor K466 (Cadenzas by Beethoven): III. Allegro assai - Cadenza - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major K488 (Cadenza by Mozart): I. Allegro - Cadenza - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488 (Cadenza by Mozart): II. Adagio
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488 (Cadenza by Mozart): III. Allegro assai
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K.491 (Cadenza by Pletnev): I. Allegro - Cadenza - Tempo I (cadenza: Pletnev)
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor K491 (Cadenza by Pletnev): II. Larghetto
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K.491 (Cadenza by Pletnev): III. Allegretto
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor" - 1. Allegro
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor" - 2. Adagio un poco mosso
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor" - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 - 1. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 - 2. Largo
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 - 3. Rondo (Allegro scherzando)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 1. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 2. Largo
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Piano Concerto No. 9 in E Flat Major, K.271 (cadenzas by Mozart): I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat major K271 (cadenzas by Mozart): II. Andantino
Piano Concerto No. 9 in E Flat Major, K.271 (cadenzas by Mozart): III. Rondeau (Presto - Minuetto): Cantabile - Tempo primo
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K.491 (Cadenza by Pletnev): I. Allegro - Cadenza - Tempo I (cadenza: Pletnev)
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor K491 (Cadenza by Pletnev): II. Larghetto
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K.491 (Cadenza by Pletnev): III. Allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor 'Moonlight' Op. 27 No. 2: I. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor 'Moonlight' Op. 27 No. 2: II. Allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor 'Moonlight' Op. 27 No. 2: III. Presto agitato
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C 'Waldstein' Op. 53: I. Allegro con brio
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C 'Waldstein' Op. 53: II. Introduzione (Adagio molto)
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C 'Waldstein' Op. 53: III. Rondo (Allegretto moderato)
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor 'Appassionata' Op. 57: I. Allegro assai
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor 'Appassionata' Op. 57: II. Andante con moto
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor 'Appassionata', Op. 57: III. Allegro, ma non troppo - Presto
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Sharp Minor, Op.1: I. Vivace
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor Op. 1: II. Andante
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor Op. 1: III. Allegro vivace
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Introduction - Allegro vivace
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation I - Precedente
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Tema - L'istessa tempo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation II - L'istesso tempo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation III - L'istesso tempo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation IV - Più vivo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation V - Tempo precedente
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation VI - L'istesso tempo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation VII - Meno mosso, a tempo moderato
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation VIII - Tempo I
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation IX - L'istesso tempo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation X
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XI - Moderato
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XII - Tempo di Minuetto
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XIII - Allegro
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XIV - L'istesso tempo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XV - Più vivo. Scherzando
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XVI - Allegretto
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XVII
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XVIII - Andante cantabile
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XIX - L'istesso tempo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XX - Un poco più vivo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XXI - Un poco più vivo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XXII - Un poco più vivo - alla breve
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XXIII - L'istesso tempo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XXIV - A tempo un poco meno mosso


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