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Alexandre Tharaud|Tharaud plays Rachmaninov

Tharaud plays Rachmaninov

Alexandre Tharaud, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Alexander Melnikov - Sabine Devieilhe

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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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Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

1
I. Moderato
Alexander Vedernikov
00:11:01

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

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

2
II. Adagio sostenuto
Alexander Vedernikov
00:11:44

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

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

3
III. Allegro scherzando
Alexander Vedernikov
00:12:07

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

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

5 Morceaux de fantaisie, op. 3 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

4
No. 1, Élégie
Alexandre Tharaud
00:05:12

Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

5
No. 2, Prélude
Alexandre Tharaud
00:04:16

Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

6
No. 3, Mélodie
Alexandre Tharaud
00:03:47

Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

7
No. 4, Polichinelle
Alexandre Tharaud
00:03:27

Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

8
No. 5, Sérénade
Alexandre Tharaud
00:03:03

Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

14 Romances, op. 34 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

9
No. 14, Vocalise
Alexandre Tharaud
00:06:07

Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

2 Pieces for 6 Hands, TN ii/22 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

10
No. 2, Romance
Alexandre Tharaud
00:04:34

Aleksandar Madzar, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist - Alexander Melnikov, Piano, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

11
No. 1, Waltz
Alexandre Tharaud
00:01:18

Aleksandar Madzar, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano, MainArtist - Alexander Melnikov, Piano, FeaturedArtist

© 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2016 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

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.
© TiVo

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