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Alexandre Tharaud - Le poète du piano
Alexandre Tharaud (piano) with various orchestras & conductors

[ Erato / 3 CD ]

Release Date: Friday 23 October 2020

Thirty years of recording. A discography built from stones of many different, and sometimes clashing, colours, but a discography with a broad and solid structure, a kind of self-portrait. If a good half of this set is taken from Alexandre Tharaud's published discography, the rest is made up by hitherto unreleased music. Some did not make it on to the album they were originally intended for, while others were recorded for fun at studio sessions over the years. "When you're recording," the pianist explains, "you're always looking for the perfect take, where everything flows perfectly. But the pressure of the microphone doesn't help... So sometimes, recording a piece unplanned allows you to rediscover that spontaneity".

"Recording is as necessary to me as the air I breathe. One withdraws from the world for a brief while - an eternity -, examines a piece of music and is cross-examined by it in turn, then gives evidence before the microphones. It's as if I've played out my life through my recordings, each one representing a significant, if not seminal, stage in my development as an artist."


Bach, J S: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846: I. Prelude
Rameau: Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin, Suite en sol: XIV. Les Sauvages
Chopin: Mazurka No. 41 in C sharp minor, Op. 63 No. 3
Rachmaninov: Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor
Rachmaninov: Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: No. 1, Élégie
Chabrier: 10 Pièces pittoresques: No. 6, Idylle
Gluck: Gluck / Arr Siloti: Orphée et Eurydice, Wq. 41, Act I: Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Mahler: Mahler / Transcr. Tharaud: Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor, Pt. 3: IV. Adagietto
Scarlatti, D: Scarlatti, D
Sibelius: Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1
Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit, M. 55: III. Scarbo
Chopin: Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38
Satie: Gymnopédie No. 1
Bach, J S: Clavier-Büchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: No. 18, Prelude in E Minor, BWV 855a (Arr. Siloti, Performed in B Minor)
Rameau: Second livre de pièces de clavecin, Suite en mi
V. Le Rappel des oiseaux
VIII. Tambourin

Bach, J S: Goldberg Variations, BWV988: Aria
Fauré: 3 Songs Without Words, Op. 17: No. 3, Andante moderato
Gershwin: George Gershwin's Songbook: VIII. The Man I Love
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: I. Moderato

 Excerpt, Haydn: Keyboard Concerto No. 11 in D major, HobXVIII:11
Bach, J S: Bach, JS / Arr. Tharaud & Labadie: Keyboard Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974: II. Adagio (After Marcello's Oboe Concerto)
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major, M. 83: III. Presto (Live)
Poulenc: Piano Concerto in C-Sharp Minor, FP 146: I. Allegretto (Live)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488: I. Allegro (Live)
Mozart: Rondo in A Major, K. 386 (Cadenza by Tharaud)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-Flat Major, K. 271 "Jeunehomme": III. Rondeau. Presto

 Excerpt, Bach, J S: Concerto for Four Keyboards in A minor (after Vivaldi), BWV1065
II. Largo
III. Allegro

Hans Abrahmansen: Abrahamsen: Left, Alone for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra: I. Very Fast (Live)
Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, Op. 6 No. 2, K. 331 "Alla Turca": III. Allegretto. Turkish March
Debussy: Debussy / Transcr. Tharaud: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, CD 87, L. 86

Khachaturian: Children's Album, Book I, Op. 62: No. 1, Andantino

Grieg: Lyric Pieces, Book II, Op. 38: No. 7, Walt
Grieg: Lyric Pieces, Book III, Op. 43: No. 1, Butterfly

Grieg: Lyric Pieces, Book. V, Op. 54:
No. 6, Bell Ringing
No. 9, Bucolique
No. 11, Blues

Morricone, E: Cinema Paradiso
Poulenc: Musiques de soie: Valse
Le Flem: Le Chant des genets
Ladmirault: Valse triste for 2 Pianos
Barbara: J'ai tué l'amour
Wiener: 2 Chansons de Charles Trenet: No. 1, Mes jeunes années
Carlos d'Alessio: India Song Improvisation
Fred Fassert: Fassert / Transcr. Tharaud: Around the Beach Boys' "Barbara Ann"
Brian Wilson, Michael Love: Wilson, Love / Transcr. Tharaud: Around the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" for Three Pianos
Mompou: Charmes: II. Pour pénétrer les âmes
Ravel: Prelude in A Minor, M. 65
Ravel: Miroirs, M. 43: I. Noctuelles

Alexandre Tharaud - Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 11, K. 331 "Alla Turca": III. Allegretto. Turkish March