The first movement of this sonata -- Allegro ma non troppo -- is very special. At least for me it is.
As I listen, I hear wonderful echoes of Schumann's gnomic Kreisleriana. These mini-episodes alter with others of a more Russian seemingness -- as if starlight is dancing its way through birch branches in winter.
Mikhail Pletnev's playing is so natural, so attuned to the spirit of this music.