Alain Planès

Biography

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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    Jose Van Dam - Autograph
    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  ... 
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    Bartok: Piano Works / Alan Planes
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902163 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Alain Planès
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    Joseph Haydn: Piano Sonatas
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1951761 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Alain Planès
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    Brahms - Romanticism & Formal Genius
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908401 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Alessandro Carbonare,  Luc Héry,  Florence Binder,  Nicolas Böne  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  Kent Nagano,  Jiri Belohlávek,  Daniel Harding  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale,  Champs-Élysées Orchestra,  La Chapelle Royale Paris  ... 
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    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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    Lumieres - Music Of The Enlightenment [30-CD Set]
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908601 Release Date: 10/01/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Kobie van Rensburg,  Véronique Gens,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Marie McLaughlin  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  William Christie,  Daniel Reuss,  Philippe Herreweghe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Cologne Collegium Vocale,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus  ... 
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    Janacek: Piano Works / Alain Planes
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501508 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Alain Planès
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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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  • 11.
    Chopin - The Essentials
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908375 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Jon Nakamatsu,  Olga Kern,  Cédric Tiberghien,  Alexandre Tharaud  ... 
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Chopin Chez Pleyel / Alain Planes
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902052 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alain Planès
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    Chopin: Preludes / Alain Planes
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501721 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alain Planès
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    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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    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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    Schubert: Sonate D 959, Impromptus Op 142 / Alain Planès
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951637 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Alain Planès
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    Haydn: Piano Sonatas Vol 3 / Alain Planès
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901763 Release Date: 04/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Alain Planès
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    Chabrier: Oeuvres Pour Piano / Alain Planès
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951465 Release Date: 07/09/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Alain Planès
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    Selection - Schubert: Sonate D. 958, Etc / Alain Planès
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2981564 Release Date: 12/11/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Alain Planès
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  • 21.
    Starker Plays Baker
    Label: Classics Records Fr   Catalog: 1032 Release Date: 04/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Nathaniel Baker
    Performer:  Alain Planès,  János Starker,  George Gaber
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  • 22.
    Starker Plays Baker / János Starker, Alain Planès, Et Al
    Label: Laurel   Catalog: 817 Release Date: 07/30/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Nathaniel Baker
    Performer:  János Starker,  Alain Planès,  George Gaber
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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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Biography

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
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 1 in C Major: Agitato
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 2 in A Minor: Lento
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 3 in G Major: Vivace
Prelude No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 28 - "Suffocation"
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 5 in D. Major: Allegro Molto
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 6 in B Minor: Prélude, Op. 28 No. 6 in B Minor
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 7 in A Major: Andantino
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor: Molto Agitato
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 9 in E Major: Largo
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor: Allegro Molto
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 11 in B Major: Vivace
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor: Presto
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 13 in F-Sharp Major: Lento
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 14 in E-Flat Minor: Allegro
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 15 in D-Flat Major: Prélude, Op. 28 No. 15 in D-Flat Major
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 16 in B-Flat Minor: Presto con Fuoco
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 17 in A-Flat Major: Allegretto
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 18 in F Minor: Allegro Molto
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 19 in E-Flat Major: Vivace
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 20 in C Minor: Largo
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 21 in B-Flat Major: Cantabile
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 22 in G Minor: Molto Agitato
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 23 in F Major: Moderato
Préludes, Op. 28, No. 24 in D Minor: Allegro Appassionato
Mazurkas, Op. 41, No. 1 in E Minor: Andantino
Mazurkas, Op. 4I, No. 2 in B Major: Animato
Mazurkas, Op. 4I, No. 3 in A-Flat Major: Allegretto
Mazurkas, Op. 4I, No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor: Maestoso
I. Andante con espressione
II. Rondo (Presto)
I. Allegro
II. Adagio e cantabile
III. Tempo di Menuet
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Presto
I. Lent, doux et mélancolique
II. Souvenir du Louvre. Dans le mouvement d'une Sarabande
III. Quelques aspects de "Nous n'irons plus au bois" parce qu'il fait un temps épouvantable
I. Prélude. Assez animé et très rythmé
II. Sarabande. Avec une élégance grave et lente
III. Toccata. Vif
I. Pagodes. Modérément animé
II. La soirée dans Grenade
III. Jardins sous la pluie
I. Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d'été
II. Pour un tombeau sans nom
III. Pour que la nuit soit propice
IV. Pour la danseuse aux crotales
V. Pour l'Egyptienne
VI. Pour remercier la pluie au matin
I. Allegro, ma non troppo
II. Allegretto quasi Andantino
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro, ma non troppo
II. Andante
III. Scherzo. Allegretto
IV. Allegro giusto
I. Allegro giusto
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Scherzo. Allegretto
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Presto
IV. Allegro
I. Moderato
II. Andante
I. Moderato
II. Andante poco mosso
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace. Trio. Un poco più lento
IV. Rondo. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante molto
III. Menuetto. Allegretto. Trio
IV. Allegro moderato
I. Allegro
II. Con moto
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
IV. Rondo. Allegro moderato
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Molto moderato e cantabile
II. Andante
III. Menuetto. Allegro moderato
IV. Allegretto
I. Moderato (Ut majeur)
II. Andantino (La bémol majeur)
III. Allegretto moderato (fa mineur)
IV. Moderato (ut dièse mineur)
V. Allegro vivace (fa mineur)
VI. Allegretto. Trio
I. Allegro molto moderato (ut mineur)
II. Allegro (Mi bémol majeur)
III. Andante mosso (Sol bémol majeur)
IV. Allegretto (la bémol mineur)
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto. Allegro
IV. Allegro
I. Ré majeur
II. La majeur
III. Ré majeur
IV. Ré majeur
V. Si mineur
VI. Sol dièse mineur
VII. La bémol majeur
VIII. La bémol mineur
IX. Si majeur
X. Si majeur
XI. La bémol majeur
XII. Mi majeur
I. Allegro
II. Andantino
III. Scherzo Allegro vivace. Trio Un poco più lento
IV. Rondo Allegretto
I. Allegro moderato (fa mineur)
II. Allegretto. Trio (La bémol majeur)
III. Thema Andante. Var. I à V. Più lento (Si bémol majeur)
IV. Allegro scherzando (fa mineur)
I. Molto moderato
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Scherzo Allegro vivace con delicatezza - Trio
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro assai. Andante. Andantino (mi bémol mineur)
II. Allegretto (Mi bémol majeur)
III. Allegro (Ut majeur)
I. Prélude. Moderato
II. Menuet. Andantino
III. Clair de lune. Andante très expressif
IV. Passepied. Allegretto ma non troppo
I. Andantino con moto
II. Allegretto scherzando
I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum. Modérément animé
II. Jimbo's Lullaby. Assez modéré
III. Serenade for the Doll. Allegretto ma non troppo, léger et gracieux
IV. The Snow is Dancing. Modérément animé
V. The Little Shepherd. Très modéré
VI. Golliwogg's Cake-Walk. Allegro giusto
Reflets dans l'eau
Hommage à Rameau
Mouvement. Avec une légèreté fantasque et précise
Cloches à travers les feuilles
Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
Poissons d'or
I. Allegro moderato
II. Scherzo
III. Largo
IV. Finale
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante ma non troppo
III.Finale
I. Allegro moderato
II. Menuet
III. Finale - Presto
I. Moderato
II. Andante con moto
III. Finale - Allegro
Sonata No. 50, Hob.XVI:37 in D Major: I. Allegro con brio
Sonata No. 50, Hob.XVI:37 in D Major: II. Largo e sostenuto
Sonata No. 50, Hob.XVI:37 in D Major: III. Finale - Presto ma non troppo
Sonata No. 50, Hob.XVI:37 in D Major: I. Andante
Sonata No. 50, Hob.XVI:37 in D Major: II. Finale - Presto
I. Moderato
II. Menuetto
III. Rondo - Presto
I. Paysage
II. Mélancolie
III. Tourbillons
IV. Sous-bois
V. Mauresque
VI. Idylle
VII. Danse villageoise
VIII. Improvisations
IX. Menuet pompeux
X. Scherzo-valse
I. Moderato
II. Largo
III. Menuet
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Finale. Presto
I. Moderato
II. Adagio
III. Finale. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Allegro di molto
No. 1. Danseuses de Delphes
No. 2. Voiles
No. 3. Le vent dans la plaine
No. 4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir
No. 5. Les collines d'Anacapri
No. 6. Des pas sur la neige
No. 7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest
No. 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin
No. 9. La sérénade interrompue
No. 10. La cathédrale engloutie
No. 11. La danseuse de Puck
No. 12. Minstrels
No. 1. Brouillards
No. 2. Feuilles mortes
No. 3. La puerta del vino
No. 4. Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses
No. 5. Bruyères
No. 6. "Général Lavine" - excentric
No. 7. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
No. 8. Ondine
No. 9. Hommage à Samuel Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.P.C.
No. 10. Canope
No. 11. Les tierces alternées
No. 12. Feux d'artifice
Douze Etudes, Livre I
Douze Etudes, Livre I
Douze Etudes, Livre I
Douze Etudes, Livre I
Douze Etudes, Livre I
Douze Etudes, Livre I
Douze Etudes, Livre II
Douze Etudes, Livre II
Douze Etudes, Livre II
Douze Etudes, Livre II
Douze Etudes, Livre II
Douze Etudes, Livre II