Le Poète du Piano

Le Poète du Piano

by Alexandre Tharaud Alexandre Tharaud

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Overview

It's unclear who called Alexandre Tharaud "Le poète du piano"; searches for the phrase outside of references to this release yield nothing, and it would not be out of the question that this unconventional pianist bestowed the title upon himself. In some cases, "bad boy of the piano" might be a more appropriate title. Tharaud is nothing if not full of surprises, including popular songs (try The Beach Boys adaptations) and such adventures as a wildly decorated "Turkish Rondo" of Mozart. This is, after all, a pianist who doesn't keep a piano in his home, preferring to practice at friends' homes where he has to concentrate on the material. Typically, in what is supposed to be an anthology, Tharaud includes a good deal of newly recorded material, including works from a cycle called "Corpus volubilis" that he composed himself. The selections cover recordings from 2009 to 2020, and they're divided into three sections (three CDs in the physical version): "Solo," "Concerto," and "Raretés & Surprises." Most of the works in the first two parts are well known, with Tharaud often applying novel treatments. The third section is pure Tharaud, containing not only the "Corpus volubilis" pieces but also delightful pieces by Jean Wiéner and Paul Le Flem, both little known outside of French regions. One is struck by the breadth of Tharaud's repertory; he is capable of fresh, Gould-like Scarlatti and Rameau, Romantic standards, and contemporary pieces, all insightful and compelling. Ultimately, Tharaud is the kind of musician listeners either love or hate, but this is a fair representation of his talents.


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Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2020
Label: Erato
UPC: 0190295180874
catalogNumber: 518087
Rank: 44998

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 1 in C major, BWV 846 (BC L80) (WTC I/1)
  2. Les Sauvages, for harpsichord in G minor (Nouvelles suites)
  3. Mazurka for piano No. 41 in C sharp minor, Op. 63/3, CT. 91
  4. Prelude for piano No. 1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2
  5. Morceaux de fantaisie (5), for piano, Op. 3: No. 1

    1. No. 1
  6. Pièces pittoresques (10), for piano: Idylle

    1. Idylle
  7. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Ballet des ombres heureuses

    1. Ballet des ombres heureuses
  8. Adagietto, for orchestra (from the Symphony No. 5)
  9. Keyboard Sonata in A major, K. 208 (L. 238)
  10. Keyboard Sonata in A major, K. 209 (L. 428)
  11. Valse triste, for orchestra (from Kuolema), Op. 44/1
  12. Gaspard de la nuit, for piano, M. 55: Scarbo

    1. Scarbo
  13. Ballade for piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 38, CT. 3
  14. Gymnopedie for piano No. 1
  15. Prelude for keyboard in E minor, BWV 855a (WFN 18; variant of BWV 855)
  16. Le Rappel des oiseaux, for harpsichord in E minor (Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode)
  17. Tambourin, for harpsichord in E minor (Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode)
  18. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard, BWV 988 (BC L9) (Clavier-Übung IV): Aria

    1. Aria
  19. Romance sans paroles, for piano, 4 hands in A flat major, Op. 17/1: No. 3

    1. No. 3
  20. The Man I Love, song (from Strike Up the Band, 1st version; orig. composed for Lady, Be Good!)

Disc 2

  1. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: I. Moderato

    1. I. Moderato
  2. Keyboard Concerto in D major, H. 18/11: II. Un poco adagio

    1. II. Un poco adagio
  3. Keyboard Concerto in D major, H. 18/11: III. Rondo all'Ungarese

    1. III. Rondo all'Ungarese
  4. Concerto for solo keyboard No. 3 in D minor, BWV 974 (BC L194) (after Alessandro Marcello): II. Adagio

    1. II. Adagio
  5. Piano Concerto in G major, M. 83: III. Presto

    1. III. Presto
  6. Piano Concerto in C sharp minor, FP 146: I. Allegretto

    1. I. Allegretto
  7. Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: I. Allegro

    1. I. Allegro
  8. Rondo for piano & orchestra in A major, K. 386
  9. Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat major ("Jeunehomme," "Jenamy"), K. 271: III. Rondo: Presto

    1. III. Rondo: Presto
  10. Concerto for 4 harpsichords, strings & continuo in A minor, BWV 1065 (after Vivaldi, RV 580): II. Largo

    1. II. Largo
  11. Concerto for 4 harpsichords, strings & continuo in A minor, BWV 1065 (after Vivaldi, RV 580): III. Allegro

    1. III. Allegro
  12. Left, Alone, concerto for piano, left hand & orchestra: Part 1: I. Very fast

    1. Part 1: I. Very fast

Disc 3

  1. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): III. Alla turca: Allegretto

    1. III. Alla turca: Allegretto
  2. Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), for orchestra, L. 87 (86)
  3. Children's Album Book 1, for piano: Andantino Op. 62/1

    1. Andantino Op. 62/1
  4. Waltz, lyric piece for piano, Op. 38/7
  5. Schmetterling (Butterfly), lyric piece for piano, Op. 43/1
  6. Klokkeklang (Bell Ringing), lyric piece for piano, Op. 54/6
  7. Histoires sans paroles, for piano

    1. Bucolique
    2. Blues
  8. Cinema Paradiso (for the film Cinema Paradiso) (a.k.a. "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso - Love Theme")
  9. Valse, for piano (Musiques de soie): Valse

    1. Valse
  10. Corpus Volubilis, for piano

    1. Sama
    2. Rumba
    3. Sicilienne
    4. Avant-deux
    5. Faune
    6. Pavane
    7. Vaudou
  11. Le Chant des genêts, for piano

    1. Entrée des binious
    2. Vers le soir
    3. Autour d'un conte
    4. Pour bereer
    5. Ronde
  12. Valse triste for piano, 4 hands
  13. J'ai tué l'amour
  14. Chansons (2) de Charles Trenet, for piano: No. 1 Mes jeunes années

    1. No. 1 Mes jeunes années
  15. India Song, film score: [Theme]

    1. [Theme]
  16. Barbara Ann
  17. Good Vibrations
  18. Charmes, 6 pieces for piano: No. 2: Pour pénétrer les âmes

    1. No. 2: Pour pénétrer les âmes
  19. Prélude, for piano, M. 65
  20. Miroirs, for piano (or orchestra), M. 43: I. Noctuelles

    1. I. Noctuelles

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