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Classical - Released October 21, 2013 | Warner Classics International

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica - Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released October 1, 2012 | Warner Classics

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or / Arte - Choc de Classica - Exceptional Sound Productions
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Classical - Released October 15, 1996 | Arion

Distinctions Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or - Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros
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Classical - Released September 15, 1999 | Arion

Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 10 de Classica-Répertoire
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Classical - Released September 5, 2011 | Warner Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released July 15, 1997 | Arion

Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Classical - Released May 29, 2008 | harmonia mundi

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Keyboard Concertos - Released October 21, 2016 | Erato - Warner Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Gramophone Editor's Choice
There is no shortage of recordings of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, one of the most popular pieces in the classical repertory ever since its slow-movement clarinet solo underlaid the quintessence of cinematic romance, Brief Encounter. But this one, by pianist Alexandre Tharaud (he may not be as well known as the decision to omit his first name in the graphics would presume, but he's getting there), is worth strong consideration. It's not blood-and-thunder Rachmaninov, so those seeking that in the C minor concerto might look elsewhere. But there's absolute clarity throughout, and with that an attractively variable dialogue with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Alexander Vedernikov, one of the unsung Russian conductors who are having the times of their lives in Britain these days. Perhaps the highlight of the album is the early set of Cinq Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3, in which Tharaud's way with a restrained but involving narrative thread comes to the fore. Sample the character piece "Polichinelle" in F sharp minor. The version of the Vocalise, Op. 34, here is unremarkable, and the two Pieces for six hands at the end are not the virtuoso showpieces that might be imagined, but rather salon novelties. So the program peters out somewhat. But those in search of an elegant C minor concerto or near-definitive Cinq Morceaux de fantaisie should hear this release.
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Classical - Released October 21, 2016 | Erato - Warner Classics

Booklet Distinctions Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Solo Piano - Released October 13, 2014 | harmonia mundi

Distinctions Diapason d'or
Alexandre Tharaud's Moderne is a six-CD box set, consisting of works by Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, Maurice Ravel, Francis Poulenc, and other 20th century composers, which he recorded for Harmonia Mundi between 1996 and 2008. Tharaud is known for his extremely deep repertoire, and it can be daunting to locate these recordings among his myriad releases, so this compilation is a boon for collectors, as well as a testament to his commitment to modern music. Tharaud is joined in these performances by violinist Isabelle Faust, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, clarinetist Ronald van Spaendonck, and flutist Philippe Bernold, among other artists, and in a performance of Thierry Pécou's piano concerto, L'Oiseau innumérable, he is backed by the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, conducted by Andrea Quinn. But Tharaud's recordings of Satie's solo keyboard pieces and Maurice Ravel's complete oeuvre for piano show him at his most lucid and compelling, and are highlights of this set.
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Classical - Released January 31, 2014 | harmonia mundi

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With Harmonia Mundi's Avant-dernières pensées, Alexandre Tharaud weighs in on the music of Erik Satie. Tharaud selects what he likes and is best suited for him, dividing it into two discs: one of piano solo works and a second of duos. The duos consists of Tharaud in consort not only with another pianist -- Eric le Sage -- but also with violinist Isabelle Faust and the single-named Juliette, for Satie's cabaret songs. Tharaud's readings are very well considered, arrived at through painstaking study. His experience with 18th century French harpsichord music has suited him well to execute some of Satie's more obscure instructions. By placing it within a measurable historic and topical context, Tharaud has created a useful and informative guide to Satie's wide range of achievements.
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Classical - Released October 21, 2013 | Warner Classics International

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Despite all the somewhat hip graphics, this release from the new partnership of the venerable French label Erato and the revived Warner Classics imprint is at root a very old-fashioned type of album: a program of encores. Even some of the music might have been heard 50 or 75 years ago in a concert by one of the leading touring virtuosos of the day: the Sibelius Valse triste, Op. 44/1, and the Leopold Godowsky arrangement of Saint-Saëns Le Cygne, for example, are such chestnuts that they're actually a bit less often heard nowadays. But French pianist Alexandre Tharaud updates the old paradigm in several ways. First and most significantly, he adds some new material to the encores mix and integrates it effectively into the overall framework. Such works as Ignacio Cervantes' rattling Adiós a Cuba and Federico Mompou's El Lago not only are fresh in this setting but broaden out the mood and expressive range of the whole as the program proceeds. He also adds several Baroque keyboard pieces to the picture with entrancing effect. Finally, Tharaud has a moody and slightly capricious approach to the Romantic mainstream pieces on the bill that works well in this context. With superb sound from the entirely acoustically appropriate Salle Colonne in Paris, this is a strong release that serves the needs of the listener looking for a light album of incidental piano music.
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Concertos - Released March 11, 2011 | harmonia mundi

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Pianist Alexandre Tharaud has put together a program of Bach's "Italian Concertos," (i.e., Bach's Italian Concerto) plus a few of his transcriptions for keyboard of violin and oboe concertos by Italian composers. It's the kind of inspired program that is finally, if slowly, making its way into the world of recorded classical music, and could compete with personalized play lists, if only the artists and producers would put together more than one hour of music. Here, Tharaud could have filled out the program with two more of Bach's transcribed concertos or some of his Italianate movements from the keyboard suites. Tharaud performs what is here imaginatively, with much more color than pianists who prefer their Baroque works more straightforward. He uses everything -- variation in touch, dynamics, pedal, phrasing -- to distinguish the solo and tutti parts of the concertos. He gives the fast movements a Mediterranean sunny demeanor, exuberant, almost begging for attention; while the slow movements are beautiful in tone and shaping, mesmerizing with their philosophical, inner-monologue quality. Tharaud is best in the Italian Concerto and the Concerto in G major, BWV 973, a Vivaldi transcription. He brings out the concerto qualities very successfully in these two pieces, and seems truly to enjoy playing the music as well as the music itself. The disc's sound is also warmly sunny, adding to Tharaud's hearty way with the music.
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Chamber Music - Released March 11, 2011 | harmonia mundi

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Couperin's Pièces de Clavecin are remarkably diverse and durable enough to retain their charms, and even reveal new ones in incarnations other than their original format. French pianist Alexandre Tharaud capitalizes on their versatility by transferring an assortment of them to the piano. (He had previously done the same for a recital of Rameau's Nouvelles de Suites de Pièces de Clavecin.) After one adjusts to the initial shock of hearing this repertoire played on a modern instrument, the pieces Tharaud selected sound wonderful on the piano. Many of the short works benefit from the expanded dynamic range available on a modern piano, such as the wonderfully boisterous Les Baricades Mistérieuses, Les Tricoteuses, and Bruit de Guerre (which is accompanied by Pablo Pico playing the tambour), and Tharaud exploits those expressive possibilities. Tharaud is judicious in his use of the pedal, so the pieces retain their intended clarity. He includes one work not by Couperin, La Pothouïn by Jacques Duphly, born a generation after Couperin, an elegant and expressive character piece. The collection makes a delightful introduction to Couperin's keyboard works, and for those who are already fans, offers fresh insights into familiar pieces.
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Classical - Released December 7, 2010 | harmonia mundi