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Alexandre Tharaud

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One never comes across any ordinariness when following Alexandre Tharaud’s career. This new album is as impressive in the originality of its conception as much as its meticulous musical delivery. The French pianist appears to be nostalgic towards two different golden ages: that of 17th-century music, and that of the French piano during the 1950s, specifically Marcelle Meyer’s inspiring playing which Tharaud remains motivated by.
The “Versailles” which has attracted Alexandre Tharaud, and serves as the title for this recital is less Louis XIV’s opulent world of wonder and more of an intimate world of secret music. Without any difficulty, the pianist manages to make these pieces specifically written for the harpsichord his own, even going as far as inviting young harpsichordist Justin Taylor to join him for a rendition of Rameau’s Les Sauvages... for four hands on the piano!
If the pianist Marcelle Meyer had recorded Rameau and Couperin in an era more liberal than today, Alexandre Tharaud has the audacity to go against musicological rules for the listener’s benefit. Of course, we are accustomed to Bach, Scarlatti, Couperin and Rameau on the modern piano, but Pancrace Royer, Robert de Visée, Jean-Henry D’Anglebert and Jacques Duphly are suddenly thrust into the limelight of this musical collection which incidentally highlights their relevance. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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Premier livre de pièces de clavecin, RCT 1 (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

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I. Prélude 00:02:31

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer

© Erato / 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Second livre de pièces de clavecin, RCT 2 : Suite en mi (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

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V. Le Rappel des oiseaux 00:02:51

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer

© Erato / 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Livre de pièces pour la guitare (Robert de Visée)

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Suite No. 9 in D Minor : IV. Sarabande (Transc. Tharaud for Piano) 00:02:24

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano - Robert de Visée, Composer

© Erato / 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Second livre de pièces de clavecin, RCT 2 (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

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Suite en mi : VIII. Tambourin 00:01:11

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer

© Erato / 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Premier Livre de pièces de clavecin (Pancrace Royer)

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VI. L'Aimable 00:04:51

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano - Pancrace Royer, Composer

© Erato / 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin, RCT 5 : Suite en la (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

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VII. Gavotte et six doubles 00:06:27

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer

© Erato / 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Pièces clavecin (Jean-Henry D'anglebert)

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Sarabande "Dieu des Enfers" (After Lully's La naissance de Vénus) 00:02:18

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano - Jean-Henry d'Anglebert, Composer

© Erato / 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Premier livre de pièces de Clavecin (Pancrace Royer)

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XIV. La Marche des Scythes 00:06:14

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano - Pancrace Royer, Composer

© Erato / 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Les Indes galantes, RCT 44 (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

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Act 1 : "Viens, Hymen" (Phani) 00:03:22

Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano - Alexandre Tharaud, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer

© Erato / 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Premier livre de pièces de clavecin (Pancrace Royer)

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IV. Premier et deuxième Tambourins 00:01:31

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano - Pancrace Royer, Composer

© Erato / 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Quatrième Livre de pièces de clavecin : Vingt-cinquième Ordre (François Couperin)

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V. Les Ombres errantes 00:04:48

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano - François Couperin, Composer

© Erato / 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Quatrième Livre de pièces de clavecin (Jacques Duphly)

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V. La Pothouïn 00:05:13

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano - Jacques Duphly, Composer

© Erato / 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin, RCT 6 (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

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Suite en sol : XIV. Les Sauvages (Arr. Roques for Piano 4-Hands) 00:01:59

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano - Justin Taylor, Piano - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Léon Roques, Arranger

© Erato / 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Chaconne (Jean-Henry D'anglebert)

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Chaconne 00:03:01

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano - Jean-Henry d'Anglebert, Composer

© Erato / 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Pièces de Clavecin (Jean-Henry D'anglebert)

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Ouverture de Cadmus et Hermione de Lully 00:03:21

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano - Jean-Henry d'Anglebert, Composer

© Erato / 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Second Livre de pièces de clavecin (François Couperin)

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Huitième Ordre : IX. Passacaille 00:06:20

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano - François Couperin, Composer

© Erato / 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Pieces de Clavecin (Jean-Henry D'anglebert)

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Fugue grave 00:03:21

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano - Jean-Henry d'Anglebert, Composer

© Erato / 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Troisième Livre de pièces de clavecin (Jacques Duphly)

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VIII. La de Belombre 00:03:38

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano - Jacques Duphly, Composer

© Erato / 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, LWV 43 (Jean-Baptiste Lully)

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Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs (Transc. Tharaud for Piano) 00:01:27

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano - Jean-Baptiste Lully, Composer

© Erato / 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

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XII. La Suzanne 00:04:19

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano - Claude Balbastre, Composer

© Erato / 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

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Variations sur les folies d'Espagne 00:06:52

Alexandre Tharaud, Piano - Jean-Henry d'Anglebert, Composer

© Erato / 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

One never comes across any ordinariness when following Alexandre Tharaud’s career. This new album is as impressive in the originality of its conception as much as its meticulous musical delivery. The French pianist appears to be nostalgic towards two different golden ages: that of 17th-century music, and that of the French piano during the 1950s, specifically Marcelle Meyer’s inspiring playing which Tharaud remains motivated by.
The “Versailles” which has attracted Alexandre Tharaud, and serves as the title for this recital is less Louis XIV’s opulent world of wonder and more of an intimate world of secret music. Without any difficulty, the pianist manages to make these pieces specifically written for the harpsichord his own, even going as far as inviting young harpsichordist Justin Taylor to join him for a rendition of Rameau’s Les Sauvages... for four hands on the piano!
If the pianist Marcelle Meyer had recorded Rameau and Couperin in an era more liberal than today, Alexandre Tharaud has the audacity to go against musicological rules for the listener’s benefit. Of course, we are accustomed to Bach, Scarlatti, Couperin and Rameau on the modern piano, but Pancrace Royer, Robert de Visée, Jean-Henry D’Anglebert and Jacques Duphly are suddenly thrust into the limelight of this musical collection which incidentally highlights their relevance. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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