Conductors Archives: Pletnev; Mikhail

Vladimir Feltsman’s Rachmaninov Tribute

The selection of Rachmaninov Preludes and Op. 3 No. 1 Elegy stem from 2010 studio sessions. If Vladimir Feltsman’s performances ...

A Tepid Tchaikovsky Fifth

In his second crack at Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 Mikhail Pletnev still has not found his way through the work. The first two mo...

CD From Hell: Pletnev’s Dysfunctional Beethoven Symphonies

From the opening sentence of the booklet notes we know we're in trouble: "The present set of Beethoven symphonies is bound to shak...

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; Romeo/Pletnev SACD

Does Pletnev even like Tchaikovsky? It doesn't seem so. He recorded perhaps the dullest ever complete symphony cycle for DG, and n...

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake/Pletnev

Mikhail Pletnev really is a fine ballet conductor, far more successful at characterizing short genre pieces than at sustaining the...

Rimsky Orch Suites Pletnev Pentatone 9/9 SACD C

What's not to like? The music is gorgeously tuneful and atmospheric, the orchestration amazing, the playing excellent, the sonics ...

Shostakovich: Symphony No.15/Pletnev SACD

Mikhail Pletnev remains a cypher. Remember how rapturously his first major recording as a conductor, Tchaikovsky's Sixth on Virgin...

Ravel/Prokofiev/Schlimé: Piano Concertos- Improvisations

At 25, pianist Francesco Tristano Schlimé carries an impressive-looking artistic resumé with credits that stretch beyond the so-...

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11/Pletnev

Mikhail Pletnev's Shostakovich Symphony No. 11 excels beyond the much-hyped Rostropovich version on LSO Live, which suffers from a...

Tchaikovsky: Overtures & Tone poems

This is a very handy three-disc set in spite of the fact that there are better individual recordings available for the major works...