Tharaud plays Rachmaninov

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Tharaud plays Rachmaninov

Awards:

Gramophone Awards 2017

Shortlisted - Concerto

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - October 2016

Label:

Erato

Catalogue No:

9029595469

Discs:

1

Release date:

21st Oct 2016

Barcode:

0190295954697

Length:

66 minutes

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Tharaud plays Rachmaninov


Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Alexander Vedernikov

Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Sabine Devieilhe (soprano)

Pieces (2) in A major for piano 6 hands - Waltz & Romance

Aleksandar Madžar (piano) & Alexander Melnikov (piano)


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French pianist Alexandre Tharaud takes on the blockbuster ‘Rach 2’ concerto in a thrilling performance with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Russian maestro Alexander Vedernikov. It is coupled with more intimate Rachmaninov for piano six-hands (for which Alexandre is flanked by Alexander Melnikov and Aleksandar Madžar) and the icing on the cake: a sublime Vocalise in the original version for voice and piano, with pure-voiced French soprano Sabine Devieilhe.

Alexandre Tharaud’s recorded catalogue is large and eclectic, but this is the first time he has devoted an entire album to Russian repertoire – specifically to the music of Sergei Rachmaninov. “I was still quite young when I first played this concerto,” explains Tharaud. “I adored it … Rachmaninov’s virtuosity really appeals to young pianists. Today, of course I’m still enthralled by the concerto’s virtuosity, but now I’m more interested in its dark shadows: the sense of despair, of staring into the abyss. My interpretation of Rachmaninov has changed a lot over the years.”

Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18

I. Moderato

II. Adagio sostenuto

III. Allegro scherzando

Sergei Rachmaninov: 5 morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3

No. 1, Élégie

No. 2, Prélude

No. 3, Mélodie

No. 4, Polichinelle

No. 5, Sérénade

Sergei Rachmaninov: 14 Romances, Op. 34: No. 14, Vocalise

14 Romances, Op. 34: No. 14, Vocalise

Sergei Rachmaninov: 2 Pieces for 6 Hands, TN ii/22

No. 2, Romance

No. 1, Waltz

Gramophone Magazine

October 2016

“After the famous introductory bars – following the score rather than the composer’s recording – the sweeping first subject enters faster, thankfully, than Richter’s celebrated account but with the same majestic assurance.”

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