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Live at Carnegie Hall

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 13 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000056PRG
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,398 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Chaconne in D minor - Bach
2. Piano Sonata NO. 32, Op. 111 - Beethoven
3. 4 Scherzi, Opp. 20, 31, 39, 54 - Chopin
Disc: 2
1. Etude-tableau, Op. 39 No. 5 - Rachmaninov
2. Poeme, Op. 32, No. 1 - Scriabin
3. Sonata in D minor. K 9 - Scarlatti
4. Etude de virtuosite, Op. 72 No. 6
5. Islamey - Balakirev

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Mikhail Pletnev made a belated Carnegie Hall debut as a pianist in November 2000. Listening to the recital on this CD confirms the wisdom of the pianist's decision to resign as music director of the Russian National Orchestra. In the Bach-Busoni "Chaconne", Pletnev's crescendi wash over the listener like tidal waves; the mighty edifice of the music seems to rise mysteriously and inexorably, on its own. The angry surges in the first movement of Beethoven's Sonata op.111 are perhaps overdrawn. But the concluding movement's variations glide by as if in a dream, suggesting the transformation of the earlier movement's passionate anger into a vision of paradise beyond the power of words to describe. In Chopin's Four Scherzos, Pletnev emphasises too many details and inhibits the music's lyrical sweep. But the charm and dazzling pyrotechnics of his encores help make this the first great piano recording of the millennium. After Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Scarlatti and Moszkowski, Pletnev's fifth and final encore was Balakirev's transcendentally difficult Islamey. The superhuman virtuosity, sonorous splendour and technicolour exoticism of this performance will knock your socks off. --Stephen Wigler

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