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Le Poète du piano

Alexandre Tharaud

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It's unclear who called Alexandre Tharaud "Le poète du piano"; searches for the phrase outside of references to this release yield nothing, and it would not be out of the question that this unconventional pianist bestowed the title upon himself. In some cases, "bad boy of the piano" might be a more appropriate title. Tharaud is nothing if not full of surprises, including popular songs (try The Beach Boys adaptations) and such adventures as a wildly decorated "Turkish Rondo" of Mozart. This is, after all, a pianist who doesn't keep a piano in his home, preferring to practice at friends' homes where he has to concentrate on the material. Typically, in what is supposed to be an anthology, Tharaud includes a good deal of newly recorded material, including works from a cycle called Corpus volubilis that he composed himself. The selections cover recordings from 2009 to 2020, and they're divided into three sections (three CDs in the physical version): "Solo," "Concerto," and "Raretés & Surprises." Most of the works in the first two parts are well known, with Tharaud often applying novel treatments. The third section is pure Tharaud, containing not only the Corpus volubilis pieces but also delightful pieces by Jean Wiéner and Paul Le Flem, both little known outside of French regions. One is struck by the breadth of Tharaud's repertory; he is capable of fresh, Gould-like Scarlatti and Rameau, Romantic standards, and contemporary pieces, all insightful and compelling. Ultimately, Tharaud is the kind of musician listeners either love or hate, but this is a fair representation of his talents.

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1
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846: I. Prelude
00:02:15

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

2
Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin, Suite en sol: XIV. Les Sauvages
00:02:04

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2013 Parlophone Records Limited

3
Mazurka No. 41 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 63 No. 3
00:02:36

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2009 Parlophone Records Limited

4
Prelude No. 1 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 3 No. 2 "The Bells of Moscow"
00:04:07

Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2013 Parlophone Records Limited

5
Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: No. 1, Élégie
00:05:11

Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited

6
10 Pièces pittoresques: No. 6, Idylle
00:03:28

Emmanuel Chabrier, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

7
Orphée et Eurydice, Wq. 41, Act I: Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Arr. Siloti for Piano)
00:03:14

Christoph Willibald Gluck, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist - Alexander Siloti, Arranger

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2013 Parlophone Records Limited

8
Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor, Pt. 3: IV. Adagietto (Transcr. Tharaud)
00:10:36

Gustav Mahler, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, Transcriber, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

9
Keyboard Sonata in A Major, Kk. 208
00:04:14

DOMENICO SCARLATTI, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2011 Parlophone Records Limited

10
Keyboard Sonata in D Major, Kk. 29
00:04:33

DOMENICO SCARLATTI, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2011 Parlophone Records Limited

11
2 Pieces from Kuolema, Op. 44: No. 1, Valse triste (Piano Version)
00:04:06

Jean Sibelius, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2013 Parlophone Records Limited

12
Gaspard de la nuit, M. 55: III. Scarbo
00:09:40

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 2003 Harmonia mundi s.a.

13
Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
00:07:30

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2009 Parlophone Records Limited

14
3 Gymnopédies: No. 1, Lent et douloureux
00:03:50

Erik Satie, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

15
Klavierbüchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: No. 18, Prelude in E Minor, BWV 855 (Arr. Siloti)
00:03:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist - Alexander Siloti, Arranger

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2013 Parlophone Records Limited

16
Second livre de pièces de clavecin, Suite en mi: V. Le Rappel des oiseaux
00:02:51

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited

17
Second livre de pièces de clavecin, Suite en mi: VIII. Tambourin
00:01:11

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited

18
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria
00:02:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

19
3 Romances sans paroles, Op. 17: No. 3 in A-Flat Major
00:02:24

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2013 Parlophone Records Limited

20
George Gershwin’s Songbook: VIII. The Man I Love
00:02:02

George Gershwin, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist - Cecile Lenoir, Producer, Engineer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited

21
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: I. Moderato
00:11:00

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist - Alexander Vedernikov, Conductor

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited

22
Keyboard Concerto in D Major, Hob. XVIII:11: II. Un poco adagio
00:07:24

Joseph Haydn, Composer - Bernard Labadie, Conductor - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist - Les Violons du Roy, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

23
Keyboard Concerto in D Major, Hob. XVIII:11: III. Rondo all'ungarese
00:04:12

Joseph Haydn, Composer - Bernard Labadie, Conductor - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist - Les Violons du Roy, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

24
Keyboard Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974: II. Adagio (After Marcello's Oboe Concerto)
00:03:57

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Bernard Labadie, Conductor - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist - Les Violins du Roy, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2011 Parlophone Records Limited

25
Piano Concerto in G Major, M. 83: III. Presto (Live)
00:04:11

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra - Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Conductor - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 2010 RTS Radio Télévision Suisse under license to Parlophone Records Limited

26
Piano Concerto in C-Sharp Minor, FP 146: I. Allegretto (Live)
00:09:37

Francis Poulenc, Composer - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 2013 London Philharmonic Orchestra under license to Parlophone Records Limited

27
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488: I. Allegro (Live)
00:11:08

Peter Oundjian, Conductor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestra - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 2011 Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion Radio France under license to Parlophone Records Limited

28
Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in A Major, K. 386
00:09:25

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Bernard Labadie, Conductor - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist - Les Violons du Roy, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

29
Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-Flat Major, K. 271 "Jeunehomme": III. Rondeau. Presto
00:09:14

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Bernard Labadie, Conductor - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist - Les Violons du Roy, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

30
Concerto for Four Pianos in A Minor, BWV 1065: II. Largo
00:02:30

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Bernard Labadie, Conductor - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist - Les Violins du Roy, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2011 Parlophone Records Limited

31
Concerto for Four Pianos in A Minor, BWV 1065: III. Allegro
00:03:15

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Bernard Labadie, Conductor - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist - Les Violins du Roy, Orchestra

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2011 Parlophone Records Limited

32
Left, Alone for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra: I. Very Fast (Live)
00:02:36

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist - Hans Abrahamsen, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited

33
Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, Op. 6 No. 2, K. 331 "Alla Turca": III. Allegretto. Turkish March
00:03:22

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

34
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, CD 87, L. 86 (Transcr. Tharaud)
00:09:06

Claude Debussy, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, Transcriber, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

35
Children's Album, Book I, Op. 62: No. 1, Andantino
00:01:27

Aram Khachaturian, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

36
Lyric Pieces, Book 1, Op. 12: No. 2, Waltz
00:00:54

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2013 Parlophone Records Limited

37
Lyric Pieces, Book III, Op. 43: No. 1, Butterfly
00:01:35

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2013 Parlophone Records Limited

38
Lyric Pieces, Book 5, Op. 54: No. 6, Bell Ringing
00:04:28

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2013 Parlophone Records Limited

39
Histoires sans paroles: No. 9, Bucolique
00:01:30

Jean Wiener, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2013 Parlophone Records Limited

40
Histoires sans paroles: No. 11, Blues
00:00:45

Jean Wiener, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2013 Parlophone Records Limited

41
Cinema Paradiso
00:02:10

Ennio Morricone, Composer, Poet - Andrea Morricone, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

42
Musiques de soie: Valse
00:00:32

Francis Poulenc, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

43
Corpus volubilis: No. 1, Sama
00:02:29

Alexandre Tharaud, Composer, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

44
Corpus volubilis: No. 2, Rumba
00:01:41

Alexandre Tharaud, Composer, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

45
Corpus volubilis: No. 3, Sicilienne
00:02:26

Alexandre Tharaud, Composer, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

46
Corpus volubilis: No. 4, Avant-deux
00:01:37

Alexandre Tharaud, Composer, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

47
Corpus volubilis: No. 5, Faune
00:00:58

Alexandre Tharaud, Composer, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

48
Corpus volubilis: No. 6, Pavane
00:02:00

Alexandre Tharaud, Composer, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

49
Corpus volubilis: No. 7, Vaudou
00:01:19

Alexandre Tharaud, Composer, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

50
Le chant des genêts: No. 1, Entrée des binious
00:01:38

Paul le Flem, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 2000 Musique Media under license to Parlophone Records Limited

Album review

It's unclear who called Alexandre Tharaud "Le poète du piano"; searches for the phrase outside of references to this release yield nothing, and it would not be out of the question that this unconventional pianist bestowed the title upon himself. In some cases, "bad boy of the piano" might be a more appropriate title. Tharaud is nothing if not full of surprises, including popular songs (try The Beach Boys adaptations) and such adventures as a wildly decorated "Turkish Rondo" of Mozart. This is, after all, a pianist who doesn't keep a piano in his home, preferring to practice at friends' homes where he has to concentrate on the material. Typically, in what is supposed to be an anthology, Tharaud includes a good deal of newly recorded material, including works from a cycle called Corpus volubilis that he composed himself. The selections cover recordings from 2009 to 2020, and they're divided into three sections (three CDs in the physical version): "Solo," "Concerto," and "Raretés & Surprises." Most of the works in the first two parts are well known, with Tharaud often applying novel treatments. The third section is pure Tharaud, containing not only the Corpus volubilis pieces but also delightful pieces by Jean Wiéner and Paul Le Flem, both little known outside of French regions. One is struck by the breadth of Tharaud's repertory; he is capable of fresh, Gould-like Scarlatti and Rameau, Romantic standards, and contemporary pieces, all insightful and compelling. Ultimately, Tharaud is the kind of musician listeners either love or hate, but this is a fair representation of his talents.

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