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    Has anybody listened to records (or live) by the Russian Pianist Mikhail Pletnev?
    As soon as I bought a cd of his I realised I could not do anything else but buy all those I could find here in Italy. Unluckily not too many. i think he is the most original living piano player. Someone says that he sometimes feels a little too free in interpreting the scores. Perhaps they're right but I think he is a real genius. An eample? Listen to his version of Bach-Busoni Chaconne from Live at the Carnagie Hall. Never heard one like his. Let me know your opinion.

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    I have listened to two of his recordings as pianist and one as conductor. I heard him play a variety of Chopin solo piano music: not being the biggest Chopin fan, I cannot really judge the playing, but it was an enjoyable CD. The second CD for him as pianist was a recent one of Mozart sonatas: now here I can tell you that I really enjoyed his playing. It's been a while since I heard someone spice-up the sonatas in this manner. Maybe not for everyone, but still something new and fresh. The third CD is of him conducting Mozart's Clarinet Concerto and a transcription for clarinet of Beethoven's Violin Concerto; maybe not what you're loking for, but still worth checking out: the Mozart was pretty well conducted, and the Beethoven was something utterly new. You can find all these CDs on Deutsche Grammophon.

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    Has anybody listened to records (or live) by the Russian Pianist Mikhail Pletnev?
    I first heard him in a Virgin 2cd set in which he played Tchaikovsky's piano concertos (1st, 2nd, 3rd and Concert Fantasy; Andante and Finale was not included)...

    It was love at first sight. I love Pletnev since then.

    I then got more of his Tchaikovsky: 10 morceaux Op40, 12 morceaux Op.72, The seasons, his Nutcracker and Sleeping beauty transcriptions, the Grand Sonata Op. 37 (and some more I don't remember).

    Then I tried his Rachmaninov: 1st piano concerto, Paganini Rhapsody (this is in video also, with Abbado), Corelli variations.

    You may try his Prokofiev with Argerich: they both play his own transcription of Cinderella, coupled with Ma mere l'oye.

    On his work as conductor I only have his Rachmaninov symphonies (perhaps some live off the air recordings with violin soloists; I'm almost sure I have a few, but don't remember which ones... the problem of collecting without restrictions).

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    Here you have Pletnev playing Chopin's first Ballade. (Taken from a concert in 2006).

    And here as a conductor

    Rachmaninov Rhapsodie sur un thème de Paganini
    Tchaïkovski Symphonie n° 4

    Nikolaï Luganski, piano
    Orchestre National de Russie
    Mikhail Pletnev, direction
    Enregistré le 23/03/07 Salle Pleyel à Paris

    http://rapidshare.com/files/28042870/SPL27-03-2007.rar

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    I have some of his cd's. As mentioned before, I have his Tchaikovsky's piano concertos with Fedoseyev as conductor (Virgin Classics), I like these recordings a lot. I have also other Tchaikovsky's piano works with Pletnev and they are all enjoyable. And very special recording is Tchaikovsky's 18 Pieces Op. 72 - http://www.classicstoday.com/review.asp?ReviewNum=9262.
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    I heard him conducting Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto with Martha Argerich playing. As he plays this work himself, he understands it also as a pianist and creates with Argerich total harmony )
    total relativist!

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    He is an artist of unique interpretive powers.Sometimes it works sometimes it does not.I have a strong distaste for his Beethoven both as a conductor and as a pianist but i like his Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.

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    I understand that he is a friend of my piano teacher. She once gave me a CD of his to listen to because I was playing one of the songs on it. The CD was called Pletnev Live at Carnegie Hall and it included The Bach-Busoni Chaconne, Beethoven's Sonata #32, Islamey, the 4 scherzi, and some other stuff.

    I'll second his unique style. And then there's this recording on youtube of the Paganini rhapsody.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90MuPqYtV_k

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    Pletnev is a unique artist. He has what most pianist of today lack, that is individuality. Indeed he allows himself certain freedoms and God bless him for that. I have heard him in concert multiple times, some things I liked more, some less but he definitely has a lot to say as a musician.

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    I own hi Scarlatti 2-cd set set and find it brilliant!

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by handlebar View Post
    I own hi Scarlatti 2-cd set set and find it brilliant!

    Jim
    Yes. His Scarlatti is excellent, and his Haydn.

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    Carl Maria von Weber: Concert piece springs to mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoodjem View Post
    Yes. His Scarlatti is excellent, and his Haydn.
    So are his Beethoven concerti and symphonies.

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    I have his Tchaikovsky box set on DG. Not sure how it compares to Muti, Jarvi, or other sets. Sounds kinda middle of the road to me.
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    I love his Tchaikovsky set. Wonderfully rough, unpolished Russian playing and robust conducting, which I much prefer in Tchaikovsky. He also has a Chopin recording of the 3rd Sonata, F Minor Fantaisie, and a few other short pieces which is pretty outstanding.

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