Alexandre Tharaud - Sabine Devieilhe - Alexander Melnikov - Aleksandar Madzar - Alexander Vedernikov - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Tharaud plays Rachmaninov

Tharaud plays Rachmaninov

Alexandre Tharaud - Sabine Devieilhe - Alexander Melnikov - Aleksandar Madzar - Alexander Vedernikov - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

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Includes: 1 Digital booklet

Released on October 21, 2016 by Erato - Warner Classics

Main artist: Alexandre Tharaud

Genre: Classical

Distinctions: Gramophone Editor's Choice (October 2016)

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Album : 1 disk - 11 tracks Total length : 01:06:36

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 (Sergei Rachmaninov)
  1. 1 I. Moderato

    Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist - Alexander Vedernikov, Conductor, FeaturedArtist Copyright : 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

  2. 2 II. Adagio sostenuto

    Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist - Alexander Vedernikov, Conductor, FeaturedArtist Copyright : 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

  3. 3 III. Allegro scherzando

    Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist - Alexander Vedernikov, Conductor, FeaturedArtist Copyright : 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

  4. 5 Morceaux de fantaisie, op. 3
  5. 4 No. 1, Élégie

    Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist Copyright : 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

  6. 5 No. 2, Prélude

    Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist Copyright : 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

  7. 6 No. 3, Mélodie

    Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist Copyright : 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

  8. 7 No. 4, Polichinelle

    Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist Copyright : 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

  9. 8 No. 5, Sérénade

    Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist Copyright : 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

  10. 14 Romances, op. 34
  11. 9 No. 14, Vocalise

    Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist Copyright : 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

  12. 2 Pieces for 6 Hands, TN ii/22
  13. 10 No. 2, Romance

    Aleksandar Madzar, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist - Alexander Melnikov, Piano, FeaturedArtist Copyright : 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

  14. 11 No. 1, Waltz

    Aleksandar Madzar, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist - Alexander Melnikov, Piano, FeaturedArtist Copyright : 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

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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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