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Mikhail Pletnev is returning to the piano

The Russian conductor has announced that he is officially a pianist again. After giving up the instrument six years ago, complaining of the poor quality of modern instruments, Pletnev has been easing himself back onto the piano stool on tour with Gidon Kremer’s Kremerata Baltica.

Next month, he will play Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Beethoven in Moscow fund-raisers for his Russian National Orchestra.

Pletnev’s career has been running on a low light ever since he was cleared in Thailand of charges of procuring under-age boys for sexual purposes in December 2010.  Pletnev’s associates maintain that these were trumped-up charges, planted by mafia enemies in the murky regions of Vladimir Putin’s arts protectorates. Kremer’s firm support him tends to confirm that narrative. It will be good to hear him play again (though some piano makers may disagree).

Oleg Poltevsky, director of the RNO and Pletnev’s manager told the Russian music press: ‘Yes, we can say that Mikhail Pletnev returns to the piano career.’

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  1. Graf Nugent says:

    This is good. He must have read my comment on his recording of Pictures at an Exhibition.

  2. Delighted to hear that Maestro Pletnev will be playing piano again – he’s a superb pianist!

  3. butchkoch says:

    I love his thought provoking interpretations, but especially his Scarlatti.

  4. Fantastic pianist. Streets ahead of Argerich

  5. Unnecessary comparisons (e.g. with Argerich) notwithstanding, this should be good news. But he has a very high standard to live up to because at his best (1980s and 1990s) he was one of the world’s most interesting and original interpreters of piano music.

  6. Mo.M.Pletnev and Kremerata Baltica will perform in Italy, Switzerland, Latvia, Norway.

  7. Master of Delusion says:

    Why is he living in Thailand? I believe he said in interview “for the weather.”

  8. Pletnev! He is the greatest pianist in history along there with pianists such as Richter and Horowitz. He is a genius with transcendental musicality and imagination that brings us so close to the composer’s intentions.
    It would be a miracle to see him performing again.

  9. I heard he will play this tour exclusively on Shigeru Kawai pianos, as he considers them the best concert pianos build today!

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