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concert A day with Mikhail Pletnev II: Verbier Festival Essentials Verbier Festival 2013-2020

Verbier Festival 2013-2020

A day with Mikhail Pletnev II: Verbier Festival Essentials Verbier Festival 2013-2020


Generously supported by Madame Aline Foriel-Destezet

The son of two musicians, Mikhail Pletnev excelled as a pianist from a very young age and won First Prize at the VI International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1978. In addition to his pianistic gifts, Pletnev is also a renowned conductor; he has excelled in both roles over the years at Verbier, collaborating with esteemed artists like Janine Jansen and Gábor Takács-Nagy. He is known as a pianist of extraordinary clarity and artistry, with a playing style “born of a prodigious virtuosity of imagination outrageous in its beauty” (The Times)—one which is always on full display in Verbier!

This compilation for the Virtual Verbier Festival provides a sample of the Russian’s wide-ranging artistry, particularly highlighting his aptitude for the music of his compatriots: he sits at the piano in Tsfasman’s Suite for Piano and Orchestra, and stands at the conductor’s podium in Glazunov’s From the Middle Ages and Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. Pletnev is also a consummate master of Baroque music—as beautifully evidenced by the Bach Concerto for Four Pianos in A Minor, played alongside Martha Argerich, Evgeny Kissin, and James Levine in 2003—as well as Classical-era masterpieces like Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D Major, conducted by Iván Fischer in 2014. Of course, to get the fullest picture of Pletnev as a musician, we can’t leave out his own work as a composer (the Fantasia Helvetica for Two Pianos and Orchestre, which he conducts with Lucas Debargue and Stanislav Kochanovsky, and the Sonata for Cello and Piano) and as a transcriber (his Grammy-winning two-piano arrangement of Prokofiev’s Cinderella, played here with Daniil Trifonov).


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  • Alexander Tsfasman, Suite for Piano and Orchestra
    • 1. Snowflakes
    • 2. Lyrical Waltz
    • 3. Polka
    • 4. Rapid Movement
  • Mikhail Pletnev, Fantasia Helvetica for two pianos and orchestra
  • Joseph Haydn, Piano Concerto in D Major, Hob XVIII:11
    • 1. Vivace
    • 2. Un poco adagio
    • 3. Rondo all'Ungarese. Allegro assai
  • Mikhail Pletnev, Sonata for Cello and Piano
  • Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov, From the Middle Ages, Op. 79
    • Prelude
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36
    • 1. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima
    • 2. Andantino en modo di canzona
    • 3. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato. Allegro
    • 4. Finale. Allegro con fuoco


  • Directed by:
    • Anaïs Spiro
    • Corentin Leconte
    • Sébastien Glas
    • Christian Leblé
    • Andy Sommer
  • Broadcast date: July 27, 2020, 8 p.m.
  • Production date: 2020
  • Duration: 2 h 31 min
  • Production: © medici.tv in cooperation with Idéale Audience, 2004 Verbier Festival & Academy - Bel Air Media - ARTE France - Thirteen/WNET New York - NHK
  • Available version(s): EN
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