Le Poète du piano

Alexandre Tharaud

Le Poète du piano

Alexandre Tharaud has always defied categorisation—a rare musician who dazzles equally in J.S. Bach as he does in The Beach Boys, and everything in between. Pieced together from recordings made over 30 years, this collection finds Tharaud steering us on a four-hour journey through some of the piano’s greatest solo works, thrilling and beautiful concerto movements and an array of ravishing discoveries including the charming, post-Impressionist worlds of French composers Paul Le Flem and Jean Wiener. Elsewhere, the variety on display is breathtaking, the programming daring as Tharaud moves seamlessly from Satie to Bach, Fauré to Gershwin, even Morricone to Poulenc. It’s a bold move to place Debussy’s sumptuous “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune” after the crispness of Mozart’s “Alla Turca”, for instance, but the contrast is spellbinding—as is every moment of this extraordinary piano treasury.

The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846
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Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin, Suite en sol
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Mazurka No. 41 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 63 No. 3
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Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 3
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Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3
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10 Pièces pittoresques
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Orphée et Eurydice, Wq. 41, Act I
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Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor, Pt. 3
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Keyboard Sonata in A Major, Kk. 208
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Keyboard Sonata in D Major, Kk. 29
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Valse triste, Op. 44
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Gaspard de la nuit, M. 55
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Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
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3 Gymnopédies
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Clavier-Büchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
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Second livre de pièces de clavecin, Suite en mi
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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
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3 Songs Without Words, Op. 17
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George Gershwin's Songbook
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Piano Concerto No. 11 in D Major, Hob. XVIII:11
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Keyboard Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974
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Rondo in A Major, K. 386 (Cadenza by Tharaud)
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Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-Flat Major, K. 271 "Jeunehomme"
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Concerto for 4 Pianos in A Minor, BWV 1065
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Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, Op. 6 No. 2, K. 331 "Alla Turca"
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Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, CD 87, L. 86 (Transcr. Tharaud)
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Children's Album, Book I, Op. 62
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Lyric Pieces, Book II, Op. 38
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Lyric Pieces, Book III, Op. 43
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Lyric Pieces, Book V, Op. 54
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Histoires sans paroles
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Cinema Paradiso
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Musiques de soie
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Corpus volubilis
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Le chant des genêts
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Valse triste for 2 Pianos
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J'ai tué l'amour
56
2 Chansons de Charles Trenet
57
India Song Improvisation
58
Around the Beach Boys' "Barbara Ann" (Transcr. Tharaud)
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Around the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" for Three Pianos (Transcr. Tharaud)
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Charmes
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Prelude in A Minor, M. 65
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Miroirs, M. 43
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