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  • Composer: Beethoven, Bach, Busoni, Schubert, Chopin, et al.
  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Onyx Classics
  • ASIN: B00ET4RH2C
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,863 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2: I. Allegro vivace 7:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2: II. Largo appasionato 6:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2: III. Scherzo - Allegro 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2: IV. Rondo - Grazioso 6:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Partita for Solo Violin No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: Chaconne14:48Album Only
Listen  6. 6 chants polonaise, S. 480: ?yczenie, Op. 74, "A Maiden's Wish" 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Six Pieces, Op. 19: Nocturne No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Seasons, Op. 37b, No. 11: XI. November (Course en troika) 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
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MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL CHOICE Perf (5/5) ***** Rec (5/5) ***** 'Sensational. Unique. In a realm all their own. No words are really apt here... The best way to reap the benefits of this fabulous release is to leave behind your preconceptions. The most obvious feature of the playing here is the artist s unfettered imagination... Pletnev simply sees in the score essentials which most musicians miss. With his near-operatic highlighting of relationships, with his X-ray insight into the fundamentals of tonal composition he provides an object lesson in the very nature of notes, which have their own will.' --Jeremy Siepmann, BBC Music Magazine January 2014

GRAMOPHONE CHOICE 'Wrought from an intensely personal response to phrasing and structure; and intensely felt Schubert s Impromptus, exemplifying too Pletnev s instinct for detecting surprises embedded in the music... Beethoven s sonata could not be so gripping in expressive strength without Pletnev s consummate linear control over bending and straightening the tempo... Pletnev s continually search for what he senses has not been set down, offering the kind of musicianship that makes the odd foible irrelevant, even meaningless.' --Nalen Anthoni, Gramophone January 2014

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ONYXC 4110; ONYX CLASSICS - Inghilterra; Classica da camera

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pletnev in Person delights! 25 April 2014
By Frank
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Found a review in one of the classical music magazines and can only wholeheartedly agree: this is a magical CD that any piano afficionado should have in their collection.
And not just for the wonderful music, the recording of Pletnev's beautiful tone is also spot-on. Amazing what can be done in what was only a casual recording. Puts to shame some mainline recordings by the big record companies!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A special recording 30 Dec 2013
By Natalia
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Pletnev at his best. Spontaneous and joyful Beethoven, profound Bach/Busoni with wonderful pianistic depth of sound and some idiomatic Tchaikowsky. A varied and thoroughly enjoyable recital.
Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars You never Know Who's Listening 17 May 2014
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Before two recording sessions Mikhail Pletnev sat down at the piano and just played. Relaxed as he was, with no pressures, he played music he enjoys, never realising someone had the sense to record it! The ease and grace with which he plays and the delightful pieces make this a really worthwhile buy. The Beethoven is superb. A thorough joy. Very relaxing. Well worth getting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 8 Nov 2013
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What a wonderful idea to make this recording! Every new CD of Pletnev is a treasure for people who love music. It is always with great emotion that one listens to his fresh approach to music. And this recording he was playing for himself! I wish I could play like that... Many thanks for making this CD available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pletnev the Magician... 23 Jan 2014
By Hannibal - Published on
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Embarrassing though it is considering the rave review I recently gave to Mikhail Pletnev's disc "Hommage à Rachmaninov", I must now confess that Pletnev here has even topped himself with this new disc, which I can only describe as PIANISTIC MAGIC.

Pletnev dazzles us with the kind of playing that only the legends of the piano were supposed to be rarely capable of (usually in the 19th and early 20th centuries).

Case in point: In his "Homage" disc, Pletnev plays Beethoven's "Les Adieux" sonata beautifully, but here he plays Beethoven's Sonata No.2, in a way that I never even thought anyone could play ANYTHING by Beethoven. He's like a magician conjuring up music from the ether and from another world: almost inhuman. It literally takes your breath away.....

Even more extraordinary, we are told that all of the works played here just happened to have been recorded as Pletnev was trying out pianos and warming up to perform, and after hearing them he later agreed that none of them should be edited. WOW!

Impossible as it may seem, I cannot find mere words to adequately describe what this kind of playing sounds like, nor can I imagine what kind of spiritual or musical plane Pletnev must have been on, but being freed from the worries and concerns that most pianists would have to get all the notes right in each piece, he plays them all with such extraordinary ease and flair, it's as if he himself were composing the pieces at that very moment, even for example, Busoni's notoriously difficult arrangement of Bach's Partita No.2 n D minor, or the other "encore" works here by Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Schubert.

If you have any feeling for great piano music from the hands of a master, this is an unmissable purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fairly short, catch-all program, but Pletnev's artistry is consistently impressive 19 Oct 2013
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I'm a fan of Pletnev's pianism and lament how few recordings he makes as a recitalist. His take on every composer is original; no performance ever fits a generic category, certainly not "typical Russian piano school." This collection is an odd duck, however. As the Amazon blurb states, it consists of performances given on the wing in between official sessions. Although the blurb claims that Pletnev was therefore playing for his own pleasure, he was aware, after all, that the microphone was present. In any event the recorded sound is quite fine, and the readings are of finished quality - there's not a sense of improvisation or off-the-cuff interpretations.

The program, as follows, adheres for the most part to the pianist's range of previously recorded composers from Bach-Busoni to Tchaikovsky:


Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2 No. 2


Transcription of Bach's Partita BWV 1004: Chaconne


A maiden's love (words S. Witwicki), Op. 74, No. 5


Impromptu in C minor, D899 No. 1

Impromptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3


Nocturne for cello & small orchestra (or cello & piano), Op. 19 No. 4

The Seasons, Op. 37b: November (Troika)

Pletnev can be a fascinating maverick as a Beethoven player, but in the Sonata no. 2 he stays close to Haydn in a reading that is poised and light; even the occasional outburst, which Richter would have used as an occasion for temperament, is restrained. The playing isn't dull or rote, however. We get a chance to relish Pletnev's lovely touch and instinctual phrasing. As a stylistic balancing act, it's quite impressive. busoni's arrangement of the great Chaconne in D minor for solo violin doesn't strike me as a very good idea, because the double and triple stops that require great skill on a stringed instrument turn into very basic harmonies on a keyboard, all but effortless to play. Still, there is Bach's genius to consider, and the change of timbre is interesting, turning music of intensity and struggle into something gentler and more melancholy. As Busoni adds more filigree, the piece becomes more pianistic and virtuosic, a high Romantic commentary on Bach more than anything else. Pletnev's reading is confident and engrossing, as you'd expect.

the transcribed Chopin song and two Tchaikovsky pieces are lyrical and atmospheric, more like salon music to my ears that music of sustained interest, but then, russians place a much higher value on Tchaikovsky's piano music than outside Russia, where The Seasons is all but unplayed. Outside the two Impromptus on this disk, Pletnev doesn't seem to have recorded any Schubert; the recorded sound is more distant than for the other pieces and the piano a bit thin and clattery. He jack rabbits through the second Impromptu of D. 899 with an eccentrically phrased central section; the total effect sounds like a fish out of water. the third Impromptu, in G flat, contains one of Schubert's most tender melodies, and Pletnev's way of pulling it apart a la Chopin also misses the right style.

If you discount the Schubert, or even if you don't, this isn't a very long program, and I'm not sure I'd buy it just for the Beethoven sonata, a new but minor addition to Pletnev's discography. Still, if timings don't matter to you, his artistry is impressive throughout.
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