Chopin: Préludes

Chopin: Préludes

by Alexandre Tharaud


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Chopin: Préludes

French pianist Alexandre Tharaud's 2006 recording of Chopin's waltzes seemed a bit wan, but it would be very difficult to say the same of his 2008 recording of Chopin's preludes. Played straight through as an integrated cycle, Tharaud's interpretation is hot blooded and passionate. Though some of his tempos push the envelope -- is the "A minor Prélude" not a bit too fast and the "A major Prélude" not much too fast? -- and his phrasing occasionally out of touch with the letter of the score, it is hard not be swept up in Tharaud's approach. Tharaud is not content to ride the music's technical challenges to glory. Instead, he infuses each prelude with drama. The inclusion of Chopin's two other preludes and his "Trois Nouvelles Études" are wonderfully apt additions, and the inclusion of Mompou's "Música callada No. 15 (sur le theme du prelude no 4 de Chopin)" and "Prélude No. 9" and "El lago (Le Lac)" is thoroughly charming. Recorded in IRCAM in Paris, Harmonia Mundi's sound is transparent and vivid.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2008
Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC: 0794881867820
catalogNumber: 901982
Rank: 128069


  1. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189
  2. Musica callada, 28 pieces for piano in 4 books: No. 15 (sur le thème du prélude No. 4 de Chopin)
  3. Trois nouvelles études, for piano, KK IIb/3, CT. 38-40 (B. 130)
  4. Prelude for piano No. 9 (Languido)
  5. Prelude for piano No. 25 in C sharp minor, Op. 45, CT. 190
  6. Prelude for piano No. 26 in A flat major ("Presto con leggerezza"), KK IVb/7, CT. 191 (B. 86)
  7. Paisajes, for piano: El lago (Le Lac)

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