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Hommage À Rachmaninov / Mikhail Pletnev


Release Date: 04/13/1999 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 459634   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovLudwig van BeethovenFelix MendelssohnFrédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An illuminating, thought-provoking and immensely enjoyable release - one of the very finest achievements in Pletnev’s already imposing discography.

Gimmickry? Not a bit of it. This is a genuinely illuminating and thought-provoking issue. More than that, it’s immensely enjoyable. The freedoms and avoidances of convention which Pletnev often likes to allow himself, but which can seem merely self-conscious and applied from the outside, here sound consistently inspired and true to the spirit of the music.

The instrument is Rachmaninov’s pre-war American Steinway, but I’ve been listening without more precise details than that. What I hear is a well-regulated tone, a little more uneven between the registers and
Read more a little thinner overall than its modern counterpart, but never measly or tinny, with the exception of the high treble, which sometimes gives an impression similar to excessive use of the soft pedal. Some of the glittering passagework in the Chopin does becomes rather glaring, especially when pushed beyond mezzo-forte. On the whole though, even this is easy to adapt to, because in Pletnev’s hands the texture is so rich in nuance, his own eloquence apparently released from all inhibitions. There’s also a significant gain in transparency. Indeed if anyone wanted to claim that this kind of instrument has all the advantages of the ‘early’ piano with none of the drawbacks I wouldn’t be inclined to disagree. Whether it would stand up to the demands of having to project to the back of a full-size concert hall I don’t know, but heard in DG’s close yet well-ventilated recording, it sounds marvellous.

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard as involving an account of the Rachmaninov Corelli Variations, and only Richter in my experience has surpassed Pletnev in the Etudes-tableaux. Nor is it only Rachmaninov’s own opulent textures which are thrillingly clarified. The Les adieux Sonata is wonderfully free, both in rubato and voicing, and never so at the expense of the longer lines of the structure.

Pletnev’s Mendelssohn is breathtakingly poetic and, in the Rondo capriccioso, stunningly articulate, every single phrase subtle yet unselfconscious. All in all, this is one of the very finest achievements in Pletnev’s already imposing discography.

-- Gramophone [3/1999]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1931; USA 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809-1810; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Andante cantabile and Presto agitato for Piano in B major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
4.
Rondo capriccioso for Piano in E major, Op. 14 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Germany 
5.
Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 33: no 9 in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Russia 
7.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 33: no 8 in G minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Russia 
8.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 6 in A minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
9.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 5 in E flat minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 

Featured Sound Samples

Variations on a Theme of Corelli (Rachmaninov): Variation X. Allegro scherzando
Andante cantabile and Presto agitato for Piano (Mendelssohn): Presto agitato

Sound Samples

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Theme (andante)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Variation 1 (poco più mosso)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Variation 2 (l'istesso tempo)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Variation 3 (tempo di menuetto)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Variation 4 (andante)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Variation 5 (allegro)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Variation 6 (l'istesso tempo)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Variation 7 (vivace)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Variation 8 (adagio misterioso)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Variation 9 (un poco più mosso)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Variation 10 (allegro scherzando)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Variation 11 (allegro vivace)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Variation 12 (l'istesso tempo)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Variation 13 (agitato)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Intermezzo (a tempo rubato)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Variation 14 (andante)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Variation 15 (l'istesso tempo)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Variation 16 (allegro vivace)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Variation 17 (meno mosso)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Variation 18 (allegro con brio)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Variation 19 (più mosso. agitato)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Variation 20 (più mosso)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42: Coda (andante)
Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat, Op.81a -"Les adieux": 1. Das Lebewohl (Adagio - Allegro)
Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat, Op.81a -"Les adieux": 2. Abwesendheit (Andante espressivo)
Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat, Op.81a -"Les adieux": 3. Das Wiedersehn (Vivacissimamente)
Andante cantabile e presto agitato in B
Presto agitato in G minor
Rondo capriccioso, Op.14
Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante in E flat, Op.22: Andante spianato
Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante in E flat, Op.22: Grande Polonaise
Etude-Tableau in E flat minor, Op.33, No.6: Non allegro
Etude-Tableau in C sharp minor, Op.33, No.9: Grave
Etude-Tableau in G minor, Op.33, No.8: Moderato
Etude-Tableau in E flat minor, Op.39, No.5: Appassionato

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