Alain Planès


Born: 1948; Lyon, France  
Although French pianist Alain Planès has demonstrated a natural affinity for the French repertory, with an especially fine sense for the music of Debussy, Satie, and Chabrier, he has more often been associated with the works of Schubert and Haydn, two composers he has devoted much time to both in the concert hall and recording studio. But his vast repertory also includes large chunks of the outputs of Chopin and Scarlatti. To round out a portrait Read more of one of the most eclectic pianists of the day, one need only observe his championing of compositions by Boulez, Berio, Ligeti, and Stockhausen, and his work as a collaborator in a varied assemblage of chamber works. Planès has made numerous recordings, mostly for the Harmonia Mundi label.

Planès was born in Lyon, France, in 1948. At age five he began playing the piano and at eight appeared in concert with an orchestra. Young Alain inherited his mother's love for the arts, divulging not only a prodigious keyboard talent but an affinity for poetry and painting. At 12 he won first prize in a competition at the Lyon Conservatory, then enrolled at the Paris Conservatory shortly afterward for studies with Jacques Février.

Planès engaged in further music study in the United States at the University of Indiana at Bloomington, where his most important teachers were Menahem Pressler, Franco Gulli, William Primrose, and György Sebök. Planès soon became a regular partner in chamber concerts of cello virtuoso Janos Starker.

After his return to France, Planès served for a time as the pianist for Pierre Boulez's Ensemble InterContemporain. In 1981 he left this post to launch his international career as soloist and chamber player. Throughout the 1980s he built his reputation on a mixture of solo and chamber appearances, and soon his recordings began to draw notice as well. His initial effort for Harmonia Mundi was the 1991 collaboration with cellist Lluís Claret in cello sonatas by Chopin and Richard Strauss.

A string of other recordings followed, including an eight-disc series of Schubert sonatas and solo works, as well as a substantial series of keyboard sonatas by Haydn. In the new century Planès remained busy as a soloist and chamber player, appearing with the leading orchestras and at many festivals, including Marlboro, Aix-en-Provence, and Montreux. His later recordings include the 2006 CD of Debussy's Children's Corner Suite. Read less
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  • 1.
    Debussy: Impressionniste / Various
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908796 Release Date: 03/23/2018   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Alain Planès,  Alexandre Tharaud,  Jean-Guihen Queyras,  Cédric Tiberghien  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille National Orchestra,  Arcanto String Quartet
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    Debussy: The Complete Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 565660 Release Date: 01/05/2018   Number of Discs: 33
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Robert Schumann,  Joachim Raff,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  Cécile Ousset,  Michel Béroff,  Samson François  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  François-Xavier Roth,  Armin Jordan,  Jean Martinon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Ebène,  Nash Ensemble,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    Haydn: Piano Sonatas / Planes
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501762 Release Date: 08/19/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Alain Planès
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    Autograph – Jose van Dam
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564619049 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Hector Berlioz,  Jacques Ibert,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  José van Dam,  Rosalind Plowright,  Jean-Philippe Collard,  Dalton Baldwin  ... 
    Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling,  Kent Nagano,  Michel Plasson,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra  ... 
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  • 5.
    Janacek: Brumes D'enfance / Planes, Accentus
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5330 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Alain Planès,  Raquele Magalhaes,  Lise Berthaud,  Romain Champion  ... 
    Conductor:  Pieter-Jelle De Boer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
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    Choral Works - Bach, Biber, Brahms, Faure, Krenek, Mahler, Monteverdi
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908520 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Brett,  Ingrid Schmithüsen,  Peter Kooy,  Howard Crook  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  Marcus Creed,  Kent Nagano,  Andrew Manze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris,  Musique Oblique,  Les Petits Chanteurs de St. Louis  ... 
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    Romantic - Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908500 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Vignoles,  Bernarda Fink,  Régis Pasquier,  Jean-Claude Pennetier  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcus Creed,  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wanderer Trio,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Collegium Vocale  ... 
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    Brahms: Secular Choral Songs / Creed, RIAS Kammerchor
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501592 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Alain Planès
    Conductor:  Marcus Creed
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
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  • 9.
    Haydn: Piano Sonatas Vol 1 / Alain Planes
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2961761 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Alain Planès
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  • 10.
    The Ultimate Most Relaxing Classical Music In The Universe
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17637 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Charles Gounod,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Konstantin Lifschitz,  Susanna Mildonian,  Maxence Larrieu,  Jean-Jacques Kantorow  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Manze,  Antoni Ros Marbà,  Sir Charles Groves,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stravaganza Cologne,  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra,  Zurich Baroque Strings  ... 
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    Bedtime Serenades - Tranquil Classics For Perfect Sleep
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17632 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Alain Planès,  Annerose Schmidt,  Konstantin Lifschitz,  Bruno-Leonardo Gelber  ... 
    Conductor:  Jorgen Ernst Hansen,  Sir Charles Groves,  James Judd,  Rudolf Baumgartner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Societas Musica Chamber Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cambridge King's College Choir  ... 
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    Martinu: Double Concerto, Ricercari, Etc / Conlon, Et Al
    Label: Ultima   Catalog: 24238 Release Date: 06/08/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  Jean-François Heisser,  Alain Planès,  Jean Camosi
    Conductor:  James Conlon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  Brandis String Quartet
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