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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Superb and audacious - love them or hate them you will never—not for a minute, not for a second—remain indifferent to Pletnev's compulsively brilliant performances.
Pletnev's Chopin recital, recorded in 1988, is now reissued by Virgin with a different sleeve and accompanying notes. The performances, on the other hand, remain as superb and audacious as ever. Love them or hate them you will never—not for a minute, not for a second—remain indifferent. Is his Barcarolle daringly free or scrupulously true to both the music's outer and inner manifestation? Dare one mention a glaring rhythmic distortion in the closing octaves, a vulgarization of Chopin's nobility in the second bar of the C minor Nocturne, or question theforle
rather than pianissimo start to the cloppio movimento in the same Nocturne? Such questions are asked in a spirit of awe rather than impertinence and are, in any case, invariably silenced by Pletnev's technical and musical imperiousness.
The Second Sonata will have experts (and particularly Polish experts) locked in furious debate though I, for one, was mesmerized by the spinetingling drama Pletnev achieves at the start of the first-movement development, the sinister underlying waltz rhythm he finds in the Scherzo, the chillingly exact 'timpani' rolls in the Funeral March and, most of all, the terrifying miasma emanating from the finale, its linear texture clouded and engulfed in lavish yet precise pedalling. Rarely, too, have the Nocturnes' passionate and erotic undertow surfaced so tellingly through their civilized veneer. In short, not since Michelangeli's heyday has Chopin been played with such compulsive brilliance, individuality and pianistic mastery. The recordings capture Pletnev's soundworld to perfection and are of optimum range and clarity.
-- Bryce Morrison, Gramophone [3/1995]
Works on This Recording
Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor, B 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Written: 1830; Poland
Date of Recording: 11/1988
Venue: St. Martin's Church, East Woodhay
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs.
Notes: The attribution of this composition to Chopin is doubtful.
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