Mikhail PletnevPhoto © RNO

Mikhail Pletnev (*1957) is an incomparable musician: pianist, conductor, and composer. As pianist (in 1978 he wins the Gold Medal and First Prize at the VI. Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition) and conductor (in 1990 he founds the Russian National Orchestra) he is for decades a worldwide recognised major player with personal note in the classical music scene.

As a pianist Pletnev follows in a long and illustrious line of tradition dating back to Beethoven and Bach. The master-student relationship leads from Bach via Homilius, Hiller and Neefe to Beethoven, Czerny, Liszt, Siloti, Igumnov, Flier and Vlassenko directly to Pletnev. So it is only logical that Pletnev is not only a pianist, but also a composer and conductor. He also studied composition with Albert Semionovich Leman at the Moscow Conservatory.

Pletnev also has been successful as a composer and arranger for a long time. For several decades his piano transcriptions of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Sleeping Beauty have gained great popularity among pianists. The recording of Pletnev’s transcription of Prokofiev’s Suite from Cinderella for 2 Pianos with Martha Argerich and Mikhail Pletnev won many record awards such as GRAMMY, Diapason d’or de l’année, Choc du Monde de la Musique, and MIDEM Classical Award.

He arranged a highly respected version for clarinetist Michael Collins of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Pletnev composed a Viola Concerto for Yuri Bashmet and a Cello Sonata for Steven Isserlis. The audio and film recordings of his arrangements of Chopin’s piano concertos with Daniil Trifonov and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Pletnev was a huge success. Next to record awards like the OPUS KLASSIK the album was at the highest positions for months of the classical charts worldwide. Pletnev’s compositional output encompasses many genres of music, ranging from piano music and chamber music, to works for solo instruments and orchestra, and to symphonic pieces.

Pletnev’s works and arrangements have been performed by leading artists such as Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Rafał Blechacz, Alexei Bruni, Seong-Jin Cho, Michael Collins, Bella Davidovich, Lucas Debargue, Hobart Earle, Abuzar Faizullin, Kirill Gerstein, Alexander Gottgelf, Howard Griffiths, Steven Isserlis, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Alexei Kornienko, Gidon Kremer, Vasily Ladyuk, George Li, Yundi Li, Nikolai Lugansky, Denis Matsuev, Alexander Melnikov, Alexander Mogilewsky, Andris Nelsons, Pletnev himself, Maxim Rysanov, Ekaterina Scherbatchenko, Daniil Trifonov and Lev Vinocour.

Orchestras worth mentioning include the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Kazan Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, the Kremerata Baltica, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonieorchester Basel, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Zürcher Kammerorchester.

In addition to his activities as a conductor, composer and pianist Pletnev has gained a name for himself as editor and conductor of orchestral works by Russian conductor, composer and pianist Nikolai Semyonovich Golovanov. The two-volume publication Николай Голованов и его время about Golovanov, staged in cooperation with the Glinka National Museum Consortium of Musical Culture and his Mikhail Pletnev Fund for the Support of National Culture, underscores his engagement for this artist.

Pletnev is a member of the scientific editorial council of the Academic Edition of the Complete Works by P.I. Tchaikovsky. Moreover, the artist received numerous awards and distinctions, for example People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1989), Order of Merit for the Fatherland 4th class (1997), 3rd class (2007) and 2nd class (2019), Russian Federation State Prize in Literature and Art (1993, 1995, 2001), European Conductor’s Award of the European Foundation for Culture Pro Europa (2005). 2001 Pletnev became one of the few honorary professors of the Moscow Conservatory.

The works by Mikhail Pletnev are available as rental material at Compofactur MusikVerlag.

Publication Schedule

Works for Orchestra


Opus:
Fantasia Elvetica (revised version)
Scoring: 2 Pianos – Orchestra
Instruments: 2 Picc/2 Fl · 2 Cl (Bb) · 1 Bs Cl (Bb) · 2 Bsn – 4 Hn (F) · 2 Tpt (Bb) – Timp – Perc (Trgl · SD · Cymb · Cowb) – Str
Duration: 33:00
Premiere: Sascha & Mischa Manz, Pno · Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur · Mikhail Pletnev, Cond – Winterthur, 09.12.2006
Premiere revised version: Martha Argerich & Alexander Mogilewsky, Pno · Orchestra della Svizzera italiana · Mikhail Pletnev, Cond – Lugano, 14.06.2008

Opus: Jazz Suite – in prep.
Scoring: Orchestra
Duration: 17:00
Premiere: Russian National Orchestra · Mikhail Pletnev, Cond – Moscow, 05.11.2010

Opus: Viola Concerto – in prep.
Scoring: Viola – Orchestra
Instruments: 1 Picc · 2 Fl · 2 Ob · 2 Cl (Bb) · 1 Bs Cl (Bb) · 2 Bsn – 4 Hn (F) · 3 Tpt (Bb) · 3 Tbn · 1 Bs Tbn – Timp – Perc – Str
Duration: 35:00
Premiere: Yuri Bashmet, Vla · Russian National Orchestra · Mikhail Pletnev, Cond – Moscow, December 1998

Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685–1750)
Arranger: Pletnev, Mikhail (*1957)
Opus: Toccata and Fugue D minor – in prep.
Scoring: Orchestra
Duration: 08:30
Premiere: Russian National Orchestra · Mikhail Pletnev, Cond – Moscow, 27.03.2009

Composer: Brahms, Johannes (1833–1897)
Arranger: Pletnev, Mikhail (*1957)
Opus: Haendel Variations and the Fugue – in prep.
Scoring: Orchestra
Instruments: 1 Picc · 2 Fl · 2 Ob · 1 EHn · 2 Cl (Bb) · 1 Bs Cl (Bb) · 2 Bsn · 1 CBsn – 4 Hn (F) · 2 Tpt (Bb) · 2 Tbn · 1 Bs Tbn · 1 Tba – Timp – Perc – Str
Duration: 30:00
Premiere: Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra · Alexei Kornienko, Cond – Klagenfurt, 10.06.2015

 

Chopin/Pletnev Piano Concerto No1 Score Cover
Composer: Chopin, Frédéric (1810–1849)
Arranger: Pletnev, Mikhail (*1957)
Opus: Piano Concerto No. 1
Scoring: Piano – Orchestra
Instruments: 2 Fl · 2 Ob · 2 Cl (A) · 2 Bsn – 4 Hn (F) · 2 Tpt (Bb) – Timp – Str
Duration: 43:00

 

Chopin/Pletnev Piano Concerto No2 Score Cover
Composer: Chopin, Frédéric (1810–1849)
Arranger: Pletnev, Mikhail (*1957)
Opus: Piano Concerto No. 2
Scoring: Piano – Orchestra
Instruments: 2 Fl · 2 Ob · 2 Cl (Bb) · 2 Bsn – 4 Hn (F) · 2 Tpt (Bb) – Timp – Str
Duration: 33:00

Composer: Scriabin, Alexander Nikolayevich (1872–1915)
Arranger: Pletnev, Mikhail (*1957)
Opus: Piano Concerto – in prep.
Scoring: Piano – Orchestra
Instruments: 1 Picc · 2 Fl · 2 Ob · 2 Cl (A) · 2 Bsn – 4 Hn (F) · 2 Tpt (Bb) · 2 Tbn · 1 Bs Tbn – Timp – Str
Duration: 30:00
Premiere: Mikhail Pletnev, Pno · Russian National Orchestra · Hobart Earle, Cond – Moscow, 21.09.2015

Composer: Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich (1840–1893)
Arranger: Pletnev, Mikhail (*1957)
Opus: 16 Romances – in prep.
Scoring: Soprano / Baritone – Orchestra
Duration: 60:00
Premiere: Ekaterina Scherbatchenko, S · Vasily Ladyuk, Bar · Russian National Orchestra · Mikhail Pletnev, Cond – Moscow, 03.12.2009

No. 1: Скажи, о чем в тени ветвей (Skazhi, o chem v teni vetvey?) [op. 57/1 · ČW 275] – in prep.
Lyricist: Sollogub, Vladimir Alexandrovich (1813–1882)
Scoring: Soprano – Orchestra
Instruments: 2 Fl · 2 Ob · 2 Cl (A) · 2 Bsn – 4 Hn (F) – Timp – Hrp – Str
Key: E major
Duration: 04:00

No. 2: Погоди (Pogodi!) [op. 16/2 · ČW 219] – in prep.
Lyricist: Grekov, Nikolay Porfiryevich (1810–1866)
Scoring: Soprano – Orchestra
Instruments: 2 Fl · 2 Ob · 2 Cl (Bb) · 2 Bsn – 4 Hn (F) – Hrp – Str
Key: A minor/A major
Duration: 04:30

No. 3: Он так меня любил (On tak menya lyubil) [op. 28/4 · ČW 241] – in prep.
Lyricist: Apukhtin, Aleksey Nikolayevich (1841–1893)
Scoring: Soprano – Orchestra
Instruments: 1 Ob · 2 Cl (Bb) · 2 Bsn – 2 Hn (F) – Hrp – Str
Key: D minor
Duration: 03:15

No. 4: Хотел бы в единое слово (Khotel by v jedinoje slovo) [ČW 244] – in prep.
Lyricist: Mey, Lev Aleksandrovich (1822–1862); after Heinrich Heine (1797–1856)
Scoring: Baritone – Orchestra
Instruments: 2 Fl · 2 Ob · 2 Cl (Bb) · 2 Bsn – 4 Hn (F) – Hrp – Str
Key: C minor
Duration: 02:00

No. 5: На нивы желтые (Na nivi zhyoltiye) [op. 57/2 · ČW 276] – in prep.
Lyricist: Tolstoy, Aleksei Konstantinovich (1817–1875)
Scoring: Baritone – Orchestra
Instruments: 2 Fl · 2 Ob · 2 Cl (Bb) · 2 Bsn – 2 Hn (F) – Timp – Perc (TubBells) – Hrp – Str
Key: F minor
Duration: 04:00

No. 6: Примиренье (Primiren’ye) [op. 25/1 · ČW 226] – in prep.
Lyricist: Shcherbina, Nikolay Fyodorovich (1821–1869)
Scoring: Baritone – Orchestra
Instruments: 2 Fl · 2 Ob · 2 Cl (Bb) · 2 Bsn – 4 Hn (F) – Timp – Str
Key: G minor
Duration: 05:00

No. 7: Подвиг (Podvig) [op. 60/11 · ČW 291] – in prep.
Lyricist: Khomyakov, Aleksey Stepanovich (1804–1860)
Scoring: Baritone – Orchestra
Instruments: 2 Fl · 2 Ob · 2 Cl (Bb) · 2 Bsn – 4 Hn (F) – Hrp – Str
Key: G minor
Duration: 04:15

No. 8: Серенада Дон-Жуана (Serenada Don-Zhuana) [op. 38/1 · ČW 246] – in prep.
Lyricist: Tolstoi, Alexei Konstantinowitsch (1817–1875)
Scoring: Baritone – Orchestra
Instruments: 1 Picc · 2 Fl · 2 Ob · 1 EHn · 2 Cl (A) · 2 Bsn – 4 Hn (F) · 2 Tpt (Bb) – Perc (Glsp · Cast · Tamb) – Hrp – Str
Key: B minor
Duration: 03:00

No. 9: Забыть так скоро (Zabyt’ tak skoro) [ČW 217] – in prep.
Lyricist: Apukhtin, Aleksey Nikolayevich (1841–1893)
Scoring: Soprano – Orchestra
Instruments: 2 Fl · 2 Ob · 2 Cl (Bb) · 2 Bsn – 4 Hn (F) – Timp – Hrp – Str
Key: F major/F minor
Duration: 03:00

No. 10: Горними тихо летела луша небесами (Gornimi tikho letela dusha nevesami) [op. 47/2 · ČW 253] – in prep.
Lyricist: Tolstoy, Aleksei Konstantinovich (1817–1875)
Scoring: Soprano – Orchestra
Instruments: 2 Fl · 2 Ob · 1 EHn · 2 Cl (A) · 2 Bsn – 2 Hn (F) – Hrp – Str
Key: E major
Duration: 03:00

No. 11: Мы сидели с тобой (My sideli s toboy) [op. 73/1 · ČW 305] – in prep.
Lyricist: Rathaus, Daniil Maximovich (1868–1937)
Scoring: Baritone – Orchestra
Instruments: 2 Fl · 2 Ob · 2 Cl (A) · 2 Bsn – 4 Hn (F) · 2 Tpt (Bb) – Timp – Str
Key: D major/B minor
Duration: 03:00

No. 12: Ночь (Noch) [op. 73/2 · ČW 306] – in prep.
Lyricist: Rathaus, Daniil Maximovich (1868–1937)
Scoring: Baritone – Orchestra
Instruments: 2 Fl · 2 Ob · 1 EHn · 2 Cl (Bb) · 1 Bs Cl (Bb) · 2 Bsn – 4 Hn (F) · 2 Tpt (Bb) – Timp – Str
Key: F minor
Duration: 04:30

No. 13: Снова, как прежде, один (Snova, kak prezhde, odin) [op. 73/6 · ČW 310] – in prep.
Lyricist: Rathaus, Daniil Maximovich (1868–1937)
Scoring: Baritone – Orchestra
Instruments: 2 Fl · 2 Ob · 2 Cl (Bb) · 1 Bs Cl (Bb) · 2 Bsn – 4 Hn (F) – Timp – Str
Key: G minor
Duration: 03:00

Tchaikovsky/Pletnev Кабы знала я... (Kaby znala ya) [op. 47/1 ČW 252] Cover
No. 14: Кабы знала я… (Kaby znala ya) [op. 47/1 · ČW 252]
Lyricist: Tolstoy, Aleksei Konstantinovich (1817–1875)
Scoring: Soprano – Orchestra
Instruments: 2 Fl · 2 Ob · 2 Cl (Bb) · 2 Bsn – 2 Hn (F) – Str
Key: C minor
Duration: 05:00

No. 15: Колыбельная песня (Kolybel’naja pesnja) [op. 16/1 · ČW 218] – in prep.
Lyricist: Maykov, Apollon Nikolayevich (1821–1897)
Scoring: Soprano – Orchestra
Instruments: 1 Picc · 2 Fl · 1 Ob · 1 EHn · 2 Cl (Bb) · 2 Bsn – 2 Hn (F) – Hrp – Str
Key: A-flat minor
Duration: 04:30

No. 16: Серенада: О, дитя! под окошком твоим (Serenada: O, ditya! pod okoshkom tvoim) [op. 63/6 · ČW 298] – in prep.
Lyricist: Romanov, Konstantin Konstantinovich (1858–1915)
Scoring: Soprano – Orchestra
Instruments: 2 Fl · 2 Ob · 2 Cl (A) · 2 Bsn – 2 Hn (F) – Str
Key: G major
Duration: 03:00

Chamber Music

Pletnev Cello Sonata Score Cover
Opus:
Cello Sonata
Scoring: Vc · Pno
Duration: 34:00
Premiere: Steven Isserlis, Vc · Kirill Gerstein, Pno – Milano, 21.02.2008

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