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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: 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

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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: Taneyev: Chamber Music

Title: Piano Quintet In G Minor, Op. 30

1. Piano Quintet In G Minor, Op. 30: I. Introduzione. Adagio Mesto

2. Piano Quintet In G Minor, Op. 30: II. Scherzo. Presto-moderato Teneramente-tempo I

3. Piano Quintet In G Minor, Op. 30: III. Largo

4. Piano Quintet In G Minor, Op. 30: IV. Finale. Allegro Vivace-moderato Maestoso

Title: Piano Trio In D Major, Op. 22

5. Piano Trio In D Major, Op. 22: I. Allegro

6. Piano Trio In D Major, Op. 22: II. Allegro Molto-tema Con Variazioni-tempo I-moderato-andantino-tempo I

7. Piano Trio In D Major, Op. 22: III. Andante Espressivo

8. Piano Trio In D Major, Op. 22: IV. Finale. Allegro Con Brio

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Track List: Tchaikovsky: 18 Pieces

Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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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