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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    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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    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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    Haydn: Piano Sonatas Vol 2 - The Late Sonatas / Alain Planes
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2961994 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Alain Planès
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  • 15.
    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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    Harmonia Mundi - The 2007 Calendar
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908219 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Robert Schumann,  Antonín Dvorák,  Hugo Wolf  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King,  Johanna Rose,  Jacqueline Horner,  Susan Hellauer  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  Josep Pons,  René Jacobs,  Paul Hillier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4,  Collegium Vocale,  Granada City Orchestra  ... 
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    Ravel, Ibert, Poulenc, Martin / Van Dam, Nagano, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 63310 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Francis Poulenc,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Alain Planès,  Péter Csaba,  Hervé Derrien  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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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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    Scarlatti: Essercizi Musicali K 1 - K 30 / Alain Planès
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901838/39 Release Date: 12/14/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti
    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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    Schubert: Piano Sonatas D 537, 575, 784 / Alain Planès
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901789 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Alain Planès
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    Denon Classics 24/7 Vol 1
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17137 Release Date: 08/27/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Jacques Rouvier,  Ayako Shinozaki,  Alain Planès  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Biedermeier Ensemble,  Societas Musica Chamber Orchestra,  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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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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