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18 Pieces for Solo Piano

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  • Audio CD (April 26 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0007XZUGE
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1. Impromtu
2. Berceuse
3. Tendres Reproches
4. Danse Caracteristique
5. Meditation
6. Mazurque Pour Danser
7. Polacca De Concert
8. Dalogue
9. Un Poco Di Schumann
10. Scherzo-Fantaisie
11. Valse Bluette
12. L'Espiegle
13. Echo Rustique
14. Chant Elegiaque
15. Un Poco Di Chopin
16. Valse A Cinq Temps
17. Passe Lointain
18. Scene Dansante (Invitation Au Trepak)
19. Nocturne No.20 In C Sharp Minor, Op. Posth.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pletnev Intuitive Tchaikovsky July 3 2006
By Grady Harp - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Mikhail Pletnev understands his birthright Russian music as well as any keyboard artist before the public today. Though his repertoire is vast and includes most of the major works for piano alone, piano in duet (as in his miraculous collaboration with Martha Argerich), and in concerto with orchestra, here he entertains us in a lovely performance of the not well known Morceaux (18) for piano, Op. 72 from Tchaikovsky's later years. They are light and airy and demanding of fine technique and Pletnev plays them in a conversational mood.

Pletnev seems to feel equally at home in the dust and thunder mode as in the quietly elegiac zones and even finds the humor in some of these tasty little show-off works. Each piece is molded autonomously and yet he makes the series of 18 somehow fit together as though they were conceived as a unit.

As an added nod to the audience Pletnev offers Chopin's Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor is a smoothly elegant fashion that makes us wish a second CD of all of the Nocturnes was included! A fine recital by a fine pianist. Grady Harp, July 06
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful rarities Sept. 28 2005
By E. Willinger - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Tchaikovsky's solo piano music is seldom played in concert and infrequently recorded. As a previous reviewer wrote, Pletnev is very comfortable in this idiom - sometimes too much so. He has a fantastic technique and can at times be glib - in the way he brings out the left-hand melody in the Valse Bluette, for example. There is more to be grateful for than to complain about here, though - both in the music and the performing. Ballet fans will want to hear this disc, by the way, because 3 of these pieces - the Valse Bluette, L'Espiegle and Un Poco di Chopin - were orchestrated after Tchaikovsky's death and became part of the score of the revised "Swan Lake" mounted in St. Petersburg in 1895. Pletnev (and Deutsche Gramophon) are to be thanked for reviving this lively, often beautiful and unjustly neglected music.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great piano pieces June 25 2007
By Kiri - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I found a recording of a few of these pieces and I was so taken with them that I tried to get the sheet music of the whole set. My sheet music supplier finally tracked it down in Japan and being a poor pianist I have spent a long time trying to learn one of them. (Meditation.) To my surprise, I found this Pletnev disc of the whole set
in my local record store. I was surprised how beautiful and exciting these pieces are. Many, but not all are well beyond my pianistic skills. The last piece of the set, a wild Russian dance is incredible. Pletnev plays them all beautifully. This disc is now one of my favourite Piano discs, even though a few months ago they were unknown to me.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Genius of Pletnev May 25 2005
By Jon H. Appleton - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Mikhail Pletnev recorded a set of Tchaikowsky piano pieces for Melodiya (SUCD 10--00048) twnety years ago. This new album is more mature (both the music and the performer). This extraordinary pianist has the broadest repertoire I know: Sonatas by C.P.E. Bach, unknown fugues by Grieg, Haydn Sonatas and Concerti, Mozart Concerti, Schumann masterpieces, wonderful performances of Chopin and my own favorites; Scarlatti Sonatas and Scriabin Preludes (even better than Horowitz). What a gift to those who love this piano music. Now, if I can only get him to play my own music!

Jon H. Appleton

Arthur R. Virgin Professor of Music

Dartmouth College

10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MUSICAL PANCAKES June 2 2005
By DAVID BRYSON - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is a very welcome addition to my collection of out-of-the-way 19th century piano music. The 18 pieces here date from the last year of the composer's life. `Musical pancakes' was his own humorous description of music he said he was only doing for the money, although he also declared that he was finding the work easier and more congenial as he went along. Not only are the pieces new to me, this disc marks the debut of Mikhail Pletnev in my cd-library, so I had high expectations.

The expectations have been partly fulfilled. Pletnev finds Tchaikovsky easy, and there is no doubt of his technical grasp. The idiom comes naturally to him, and many things he does here are really very pretty, like the echo-effect in the 13th number. In general though I have to call his playing assured rather than really distinguished or distinctive. I would have welcomed rather more refinement in his touch here and there. The tone of some big chords is slightly coarse, for instance. Right-hand runs in the scherzo or the `characteristic dance' could have done with a bit more `bite' to them, in the trills throughout it doesn't do to recall how Gould or Michelangeli handle that sort of thing, and the final avalanche of notes in the polonaise is really rather suggestive of emptying a sack of coal. Whether the recording has something to do with this I'm not certain, but I suspect not to any great extent - it sounds very faithful in general.

The novelty and intrinsic interest of the pieces more than make up for any of that. They are Tchaikovsky-without-tears, and very pleasantly varied. Two of them avowedly suggest Schumann and Chopin, and the `elegiac song' is reminiscent of something I know well by Liszt. By and large, I think that if I had heard these pieces played without attribution to their composer I would have had to guess who that might have been but would not have been surprised when I found out. They don't seem to me quite as good as some really delightful numbers by Smetana that I recently acquired on a 2-disc Brilliant Classics set performed by Antonin Kubalek and Peter Schmalfuss, but any problem that might have given me is solved by owning both.

The liner-note is mainly small-talk, but at least it tells us something about the pieces, and the recording is perfectly acceptable. This was a live recital quite recently in Zurich, and the enthusiasm of the applause suggests that the audience had fewer reservations about what they just heard than I have, so perhaps you too will be less qualified in your appreciation. As an encore Pletnev gives a Chopin nocturne, and my thoughts about that are along much the same lines as my thoughts about his Tchaikovsky. One can afford to be very critical these days, and this is a recital I'm thoroughly pleased now to own.