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Chopin: Valses
     

Chopin: Valses

by Alexandre Tharaud
 
With his first Chopin recording, the young French pianist Alexandre Tharaud makes a bold choice by selecting the composer's 19 waltzes. Although for many pianophiles this music will probably always belong to Dinu Lipatti, as recorded in 1950 shortly before his untimely death, Tharaud emerges as a genuine contender here, his playing a model of elegance, clarity, and

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With his first Chopin recording, the young French pianist Alexandre Tharaud makes a bold choice by selecting the composer's 19 waltzes. Although for many pianophiles this music will probably always belong to Dinu Lipatti, as recorded in 1950 shortly before his untimely death, Tharaud emerges as a genuine contender here, his playing a model of elegance, clarity, and carefully nuanced touch at the keyboard. Like Lipatti, he foregoes a chronological survey of the waltzes, weaving them instead into an order of his own devising (and including five posthumously published pieces that Lipatti left out). Tharaud's program effectively places several of the more somber or nostalgic minor-key waltzes in a sequence at the recital's heart, casting an extended spell that's broken, scherzo-like, by the so-called "Minute Waltz," which is given a warmly capricious reading rather than being played as a race against the clock. Federico Mompou's charmingly subtle Valse-Évocation, based on a theme of Chopin, is an inspired choice as an encore to this outstanding recital.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2006
Label:
Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC:
0794881800520
catalogNumber:
901927
Rank:
111886

Tracks

  1. Waltz for piano in A minor, KK IVb/11, CT. 224 (B. 150)
  2. Waltz for piano No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64/2, CT. 213
  3. Waltz for piano No. 4 in F major, Op. 34/3, CT. 210
  4. Waltz for piano No. 8 in A flat major, Op. 64/3, CT. 214
  5. Waltz for piano No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42, CT. 211
  6. Waltz for piano No. 12 in F minor, Op. 70/2, CT. 218
  7. Waltz for piano No. 13 in D flat major, Op. 70/3, CT. 219
  8. Waltz for piano in E major, KK IVa/12, CT. 220 (B. 44)
  9. Waltz for piano in E minor, KK IVa/15, CT. 222 (B. 56)
  10. Waltz for piano No. 3 in A minor, Op. 34/2, CT. 209
  11. Waltz for piano No. 10 in B minor, Op. 69/2, CT. 216
  12. Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212
  13. Waltz for piano No. 11 in G flat major, Op. 70/1, CT. 217
  14. Waltz for piano No. 9 in A flat major ("L'adieu") Op. 69/1, CT. 215
  15. Waltz for piano in A flat major, KK IVa/13, CT. 221 (B. 21)
  16. Waltz for piano No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 34/1, CT. 208
  17. Waltz for piano in E flat major, KK IVb/10, CT. 223
  18. Waltz for piano in E flat major (spurious), KK IVa/14 (B. 46)
  19. Waltz for piano No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, CT. 207
  20. Variations sur une thème de Chopin, for piano or orchestra

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