Journal Intime

Journal Intime

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by Alexandre Tharaud
     
 
If one characteristic stands out on Alexandre Tharaud's Chopin: Journal Intime, it is the predominance of somber minor key works placed side by side with very little major-key sunlight interspersed to alleviate the gloom. According to Tharaud, Chopin has been a constant companion in his life, more than any other composer, and some of his

Overview

If one characteristic stands out on Alexandre Tharaud's Chopin: Journal Intime, it is the predominance of somber minor key works placed side by side with very little major-key sunlight interspersed to alleviate the gloom. According to Tharaud, Chopin has been a constant companion in his life, more than any other composer, and some of his most intimate feelings and memories are closely tied up in Chopin's music. If so, then one may assume that Tharaud has experienced his share of sadness and loss, for the tone of the program is quite brooding and melancholic. If not, then these are precisely the kind of moody pieces one might choose to create an impression of pensive intimacy and personal communication, in lieu of true personal sorrow. Whichever is true, this is a rather gentle and soft album of Chopin's miniatures, and when the mood shifts from overcast, it is almost exclusively to the stormy expressions, which quickly return to the shadows. With only the three "Ecossaises," a "Contredanse," and the closing "Nocturne" in major keys, the mood is lifted only slightly toward the end, but listeners will more likely remember the album being slightly depressive as a whole and lacking in resilience and muscle.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/12/2010
Label:
Erato
UPC:
5099968556525
catalogNumber:
85565

Tracks

  1. Untitled CD-ROM Track
  2. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  3. Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46
  4. Contredanse for piano in G flat major, KK. Anh.Ia/4 (B. 84) (spurious)
  5. Ecossaises (3) for piano, Op. 72/3, CT. 11-13
  6. Rondo for piano in C minor, Op. 1, CT. 192
  7. Mazurka for piano No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17/4, CT. 63
  8. Ballade for piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 38, CT. 3
  9. Mazurka for piano No. 6 in A minor, Op. 7/2, CT. 57
  10. Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6
  11. Fantasy for piano in F minor/A flat major, Op. 49, C. 42
  12. Mazurka for piano No. 47 in A minor, Op. 68/2, CT. 97
  13. Mazurka for piano No. 11 in E minor, Op. 17/2, CT. 61
  14. Ballade for piano No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23, CT. 2
  15. Mazurka for piano No. 41 in C sharp minor, Op. 63/3, CT. 91

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Journal Intime 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ZRome More than 1 year ago
I subscribe to the Angel Records monthly newsletter and this month they featured a free download from this new pianist. Here's the link: http://www.emiclassics.com/chopindownload/ Anyway - I downloaded the track and instantly fell in love with Mr. Tharaud. I did some research on him and found out that he's one of today's most individual and thoughtful pianists. I think it's perfect that this French pianist is making his debut with a collection of his favourite pieces from the ever popular Polish composer, Chopin - whom spent a good amount of time in Paris during his career. Alex plays with superlative technique and the CD is breathtaking. This is definitely not your ordinary Chopin disc.