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Mikhail Pletnev

Mikhail Pletnev was born in Archangelsk, which is located in the north of Russia on the coast of the White Sea. By the time Pletnev began piano studies at age seven, with pianist Julia Shaskina, his family had moved to the central Russian City of Kazan in Tatarstan. Pletnev demonstrated promise and was enrolled at age 13 in Evgeny Timakin's piano preparatory class at the Moscow Central Music School. At 14, Pletnev earned the Grand Prix awarded by the International Jeunesses Musicales in Paris, and at 15 he transferred into master classes headed by Yakov Flier at the Moscow Conservatory. It was under Flier that Pletnev's talent really took wing, and after taking the gold medal at the All-Union Competition in 1977, Pletnev won the coveted gold at the 1978 Tchaikovsky Competition. "Having rehearsed for the Tchaikovsky competition under (Flier's) guiding hand," Pletnev once remembered, "I effectively performed there in his name."

Having paid his dues in the tough Russian competition circuit, Pletnev was now free to tour, and appeared on the concert circuit to worldwide acclaim. Critics from London, to New York, and to Tokyo alike praised Pletnev's interpretations of Scarlatti, Liszt, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, and other primarily mainstream piano composers. Some critics likened Pletnev's approach to that of Michelangeli or Horowitz. In particular, Pletnev is recognized by his affinity for Tchaikovsky, and the pianist has prepared his own transcriptions of Tchaikovsky's ballet the Nutcracker, as well as recasting his opera Eugene Onegin as a ballet.

As the Berlin Wall came down, Pletnev was in the process of founding and organizing the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow. Since that time Pletnev has appeared less often in public as a pianist; he took up the mantle of conductor of the RNO and held the post until 1999. The orchestra under Pletnev made several critically acclaimed recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, including an award-winning set of Tchaikovsky's six symphonies released in 1996. Pletnev also took the orchestra on a tour to the United States during the 1992-1993 season. In addition to his world-class skills with the baton and at the keyboard, Pletnev is also a better-than-average amateur violinist, and finds the time to compose orchestral pieces and chamber music.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Edvard Grieg: Lyric Pieces

1. Bell-Ringing, Op.54, No.6

2. Cradle Song, Op.38, No.1

3. Butterfly, Op.43, No.1

4. Elegie, Op.47, No.7

5. Melody, Op.4, No.3

6. Secrecy, Op.57, No.4

7. National Song, Op.12, No.8

8. Home-Sickness, Op.57, No.6

9. Brooklet, Op.62, No.4

10. Valse-Impromptu, Op.47, No.1

11. Grandmother's Minuet, Op.68, No.2

12. Vanished Days, Op.57, No.1

13. March of the Dwarfs, Op.54, No.3

14. Summer's Eve, Op.71, No.2

15. Elegie, Op.38, No.6

16. Scherzo, Op.54, No.5

17. Lonely Wanderer, Op.43, No.2

18. Puck, Op.71, No.3

19. Nocturne, Op.54, No.4

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Track List: Grieg. Piano Works

1. Lyric Pieces, Book 5, Op. 54: No. 4. Nocturne

2. Lyric Pieces, Book 2, Op. 38: No. 1. Berceuse

3. Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. 43: No. 1. Butterfly

4. No. 7. Elegy

5. No. 3. Melody

6. Lyric Pieces, Book 6, Op. 57: No. 4. Secret

7. Lyric Pieces, Book 1, Op. 12: No. 8. National song

8. Lyric Pieces, Book 6, Op. 57: No. 6. Homesickness

9. Lyric Pieces, Book 7, Op. 62: No. 4. Brooklet

10. Lyric Pieces, Book 4, Op. 47: No. 1. Valse-Impromptu

11. Lyric Pieces, Book 9, Op. 68: No. 2. Grandmother's Minuet

12. Lyric Pieces, Book 6, Op. 57: No. 1. Vanished days

13. Lyric Pieces, Book 5, Op. 54: No. 3. March of the Dwarfs

14. Lyric Pieces, Book 10, Op. 71: No. 2. Summer's Eve

15. Lyric Pieces, Book 2, Op. 38: No. 6. Elegy

16. Lyric Pieces, Book 5, Op. 54: No. 5. Scherzo

17. Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. 43: No. 2. Lonely wanderer

18. Lyric Pieces, Book 10, Op. 71: No. 3. Puck

19. Lyric Pieces, Book 5, Op. 54: No. 4. Nocturne

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Track List: Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Twelve Pieces for Piano, Op. 40/Romance, Op. 5/Waltz-Scherzo, Op. 7/Capriccio, Op. 8

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Track List: Pletnev In Person

1. Piano Sonata No. 2 In A Major, Op. 2: I. Allegro Vivace

2. Piano Sonata No. 2 In A Major, Op. 2: II. Largo Appasionato

3. Piano Sonata No. 2 In A Major, Op. 2: III. Scherzo - Allegro

4. Piano Sonata No. 2 In A Major, Op. 2: IV. Rondo - Grazioso

6. 6 Chants Polonaise, S. 480: Życzenie, Op. 74, "A Maiden's Wish"

7. Six Pieces, Op. 19: Nocturne No. 4 In C-Sharp Minor

8. The Seasons, Op. 37b, No. 11: XI. November (Course En Troika)

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Track List: Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition/Tchaikovsky: The Seasons

Disc 1

2. Pictures at an Exhibition: The gnome

6. Pictures at an Exhibition: Tuileries

7. Pictures at an Exhibition: Bydlo

9. Pictures at an Exhibition: Ballet of the unhatched chicks

10. Pictures at an Exhibition: Two old Jews

11. Pictures at an Exhibition: Market Place at Limoges

12. Pictures at an Exhibition: Catacombe

13. Pictures at an Exhibition: Con mortuis in lingua mortua

14. Pictures at an Exhibition: The hut on hen's legs (Baba Yaga)

15. Pictures at an Exhibition: The Great Gate at Kiev

16. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: Introduction

17. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: Danse des pages

18. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: Vision d'Aurore

19. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: Andante

20. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: La Fée-Argent

21. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: Le Chat Botté et la Chatte Blanche

22. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: Gavotte

23. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: Le Canari qui chante

24. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: Le Chaperon rouge et le loup

25. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: Adagio

26. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: Finale

Disc 2

1. Six Morceaux composés sur un seul thème, Op.21: I. Prélude in B major

2. Six Morceaux composés sur un seul thème, Op.21: II. Fugue à 4 voix in G sharp minor

3. Six Morceaux composés sur un seul thème, Op.21: III. Impromptu in C sharp minor

4. Six Morceaux composés sur un seul thème, Op.21: IV. Marche funèbre in A flat minor

5. Six Morceaux composés sur un seul thème, Op.21: V. Mazurque in A flat minor

6. Six Morceaux composés sur un seul thème, Op.21: VI. Scherzo in A flat

7. The Seasons Op. 37b: I. Janvier (Au coin du feu)

8. The Seasons Op. 37b: II. Février (Carnaval)

9. The Seasons, Op.37b: III. Mars (Chant de l'alouette)

13. The Seasons Op. 37b: VII. Juillet (Chant des moissonneurs)

14. The Seasons, Op.37b: VIII. Août (La moisson)

15. The Seasons, Op.37b: IX. Septembre (La chasse)

16. The Seasons Op. 37b: X. Octobre (Chant d'automne)

18. The Seasons Op. 37b: XII. Décembre (Noël)

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Track List: Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition; Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Sleeping Beauty

Disc 1
Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
Title: Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Piano
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Title: The Sleeping Beauty, Ballet, Op. 66
Disc 2
Title: Morceaux (6) composés sur un seul thème, for piano, Op. 21
Title: The Seasons, For Piano, Op. 37
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Track List: Tchaikovsky: 18 Pieces

Title: Morceaux (18) For Piano, Op. 72

1. Morceaux (18) For Piano, Op. 72: I. Impromptu In F Minor

2. Morceaux (18) For Piano, Op. 72: II. Berceuse

3. Morceaux (18) For Piano, Op. 72: III. Tendres Reproches

4. Morceaux (18) For Piano, Op. 72: IV. Danse Caract'eristique In D Major

5. Morceaux (18) For Piano, Op. 72: V. Meditation

6. Morceaux (18) For Piano, Op. 72: VI. Mazurque Pour Danser In D Flat Major

7. Morceaux (18) For Piano, Op. 72: VII. Polacca De Concert In E Flat Major

8. Morceaux (18) For Piano, Op. 72: VIII. Dialogue In B Major

9. Morceaux (18) For Piano, Op. 72: IX. Un Poco Di Schumann In D Flat Major

10. Morceaux (18) For Piano, Op. 72: X. Scherzo-fantaisie In E Flat Minor

11. Morceaux (18) For Piano, Op. 72: XI. Valse Bluette In E Flat Major

12. Morceaux (18) For Piano, Op. 72: XII. L' Espiegle In E Major

13. Morceaux (18) For Piano, Op. 72: XIII. Echo Rustique In E Flat Major

14. Morceaux (18) For Piano, Op. 72: XIV. Chant Elegiaque In D Flat Major

15. Morceaux (18) For Piano, Op. 72: XV. Un Poco Di Chopin In C Sharp Minor

16. Morceaux (18) For Piano, Op. 72: XVI. Valse A Cinq Temps In D Major

17. Morceaux (18) For Piano, Op. 72: XVII. Passe Lointain In E Flat Minor

18. Morceaux (18) For Piano, Op. 72: XVIII. 18. Scene Dansante (Invitation Au Trepak) In C Major

Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Nocturne For Piano No. 20 In C Sharp Minor, Kk Iva/16, Ct. 127 (B. 49)

19. Nocturne For Piano No. 20 In C Sharp Minor, Kk Iva/16, Ct. 127 (B. 49): Nocturne In C Sharp Op. Posth

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Track List: Bach, C.P.E.: Sonatas & Rondos

1. Sonata in G minor, Wq.65/17: 1. Allegro - Adagio - Allegro

2. Sonata in G minor, Wq.65/17: 2. Adagio

3. Sonata in G minor, Wq.65/17: 3. Allegro assai

4. Rondo I in A major, Wq.58

5. Sonata in C minor, Wq.65/31: 1. Allegro assai ma pomposo

6. Sonata in C minor, Wq.65/31: 2. [Andantino patetico]

7. Sonata in C minor, Wq.65/31: 3. Allegro scherzando

8. Sonata I in D major, Wq.61/6,1: 1. Allegro di molto

9. Sonata I in D major, Wq.61/6,1: 2. Allegretto

10. Sonata I in D major, Wq.61/6,1: 3. Presto di molto

11. Sonata in F sharp minor, Wq.52/4: 1. Allegro - Adagio - Allegro

12. Sonata in F sharp minor, Wq.52/4: 2. Poco Andante

13. Sonata in F sharp minor, Wq.52/4: 3. Presto di molto

14. Rondo II in D minor, Wq.61/6,2

15. Sonata in G major, Wq.62/19: 1. Allegro assai

16. Sonata in G major, Wq.62/19: 2. Andante

17. Sonata in G major, Wq.62/19: 3. Presto

18. Rondo II in C minor, Wq.59/5,2

19. Sonata I in E minor, Wq.59/5,1: 1. Presto

20. Sonata I in E minor, Wq.59/5,1: 2. Adagio

21. Sonata I in E minor, Wq.59/5,1: 3. Andantino

22. Sonata in A major, Wq.65/32: 2. Andante tenerezza

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Track List: Mikhail Pletnev - Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 - 7 - 8

Title: Piano Sonata No. 7 In B Flat Major ("War Sonata 2/stalingrad"), Op. 83

1. Piano Sonata No. 7 In B Flat Major ("War Sonata 2/stalingrad"), Op. 83: I. Allegro Inquieto - Andantino

2. Piano Sonata No. 7 In B Flat Major ("War Sonata 2/stalingrad"), Op. 83: II. Andante Caloroso

3. Piano Sonata No. 7 In B Flat Major ("War Sonata 2/stalingrad"), Op. 83: III. Precipitato

Title: Piano Sonata No. 2 In D Minor, Op. 14

4. Piano Sonata No. 2 In D Minor, Op. 14: I. Allegro, Ma Non Troppo

5. Piano Sonata No. 2 In D Minor, Op. 14: II. Scherzo: Allegro Marcato

6. Piano Sonata No. 2 In D Minor, Op. 14: III. Andante

7. Piano Sonata No. 2 In D Minor, Op. 14: IV. Vivace - Moderato

Title: Piano Sonata No. 8 In B Flat Major ("War Sonata 3"), Op. 84

8. Piano Sonata No. 8 In B Flat Major ("War Sonata 3"), Op. 84: I. Andante Dolce - Allegro Moderato

9. Piano Sonata No. 8 In B Flat Major ("War Sonata 3"), Op. 84: II. Andante Sognando

10. Piano Sonata No. 8 In B Flat Major ("War Sonata 3"), Op. 84: III. Vivace - Allegro Ben Marcato - Andantino - Vivace, Come Prima

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Track List: Mikhail Pletnev ~ Domenico Scarlatti - Keyboard Sonatas

Disc 1
Disc 2

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Chopin Nocturne No. 20 c Sharp Minor
Matters not which key, or which No.
Always breathtaking ; Totally surreal !
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