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Chopin: Sonata No 2, 4 Nocturnes, Etc / Mikhail Pletnev


Release Date: 01/17/1995 
Label:  Virgin Classics Special Import Catalog #: 45076   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

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
Read more 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]
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1988 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, East Woodhay 
Length: 25 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Date of Recording: 11/1988 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, East Woodhay 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
3. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 161/Op. 62: no 2 in E major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1988 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, East Woodhay 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
4. Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1988 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, East Woodhay 
Length: 9 Minutes 36 Secs. 
5. Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor, B 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830 
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. 
6. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 142/Op. 48: no 1 in C minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1988 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, East Woodhay 
Length: 6 Minutes 18 Secs. 
7. Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/1988 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, East Woodhay 
Length: 11 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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