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Jean-Guihen Queyras & Alexandre Tharaud – Complices (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Jean-Guihen Queyras & Alexandre Tharaud – Complices (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:03:30 minutes | 1,07 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © harmonia mundi

Friends and frequent recital partners Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexandre Tharaud are reunited here for an album conceived as a collection of short stories, presenting both celebrated and little-known masterpieces of the repertory. If the art of transcription is the hallmark of great performers, it must be said that our two partners are past masters at it! Throughout this lyrical yet virtuosic programme, music lovers will meet one surprise after another.

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Gabriel Faure Vol. 4: Duos and Trios with piano – Eric Le Sage, Alexandre Tharaud, Emmanuel Pahud, Pierre Colombet, Raphael Merlin (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Gabriel Faure Vol. 4: Duos and Trios with piano – Eric Le Sage, Alexandre Tharaud, Emmanuel Pahud, Pierre Colombet, Raphael Merlin (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:09:11 minutes | 1,05 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Alpha Classics / Outhere Music

For the fourth and penultimate volume of his Fauré series, Eric Le Sage has been joined by Alexandre Tharaud, Emmanuel Pahud, and François Salque, long-standing accomplices, in order to record these pieces for four hands. Recipient of numerous prizes both in France and abroad, this complete Fauré series is already asserting itself as a reference for the interpretation of Gabriel Fauré’s chamber music with piano.

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Alexandre Tharaud – Tharaud plays Rachmaninov (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Alexandre Tharaud – Tharaud plays Rachmaninov (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:06:41 minutes | 1,04 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front Cover | © Erato/Warner Classics
Recorded: Concerto: 5-7.I.2016 . Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, United Kingdom; Chamber music: 13-16.II.2016. Salle Colonne, Paris

French star 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.

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Alexandre Tharaud – Barbara (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Alexandre Tharaud – Barbara (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 01:17:57 minutes | 753 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Erato – Warner Classics

For this double album, pianist Alexandre Tharaud invited a spectacular array of guest performers to join him in paying tribute to the great French singer-songwriter known simply as Barbara.

One of the icons of the poetic chanson française, Barbara shares a place of honour with two other ‘B’s’, Jacques Brel and Georges Brassens. Among her most celebrated songs are ‘Ma plus belle histoire d’amour’, ‘Göttingen’, ‘Dis, quand reviendras-tu?’, ‘Mes hommes’ and ‘Nantes’.

It is 20 years since Barbara died, aged 67, on November 24th 1997. Alexandre Tharaud’s idea for this album dates back to the day of her funeral. He, like many other fans, went to the cemetery in Bagneux on the outskirts of Paris. After the crowds and TV cameras had departed, a group of devotees remained at her grave and joined in an impromptu rendition of her songs. “I realised then that Barbara would live on through our voices,” says Tharaud. “I was young, but the recording studio was already central to my life. That morning, at Bagneux Cemetery, I vowed to make an album dedicated entirely to the music of Barbara. I needed time, and singers … The guests on this album are not those anonymous mourners, but dear friends I have invited to lend their own unique voices to this tribute” .

For Hommage à Barbara, Tharaud has assembled a rich and imaginative line-up of performers from a variety of generations and diverse artistic and cultural backgrounds. While there is inevitably a Gallic bias among them, many of their names are well known around the globe. Among them are: actress-singers Juliette Binoche, Vanessa Paradis and Jane Birkin; rock star Radio Elvis; singer-songwriters Bénabar, Juliette, Dominique A, Tim Dup, Jean-Louis Aubert and Albin de la Simone; singers Camélia Jordana, Rokia Traoré, Hindi Zahra and Luz Casal; actor-director Guillaume Gallienne; Erato violinist Renaud Capuçon, clarinettist Michel Portal and the Modigliani string quartet. Alexandre Tharaud himself plays on nearly all the tracks – not just piano, but also electronic organ and keyboards, celesta and bells.

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Alexandre Tharaud – Schubert 4 Impromptus, D. 899 & 6 Moments musicaux (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Alexandre Tharaud – Schubert 4 Impromptus, D. 899 & 6 Moments musicaux (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:11:38 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Classics

The programme for Alexandre Tharaud’s Schubert album comprises the four Impromptus D 899 (op 90), the six Moments musicaux and, in Tharaud’s own transcription for piano, four excerpts from the stage music for Rosamunde. When Tharaud performed the Impromptus at London’s Wigmore Hall in 2014, The Guardian wrote: “He got to the heart of the beauties and abysses of this music.”

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Alexandre Tharaud – Pesson, Abrahamsen & Strasnoy: Piano Concertos (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Alexandre Tharaud – Pesson, Abrahamsen & Strasnoy: Piano Concertos (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:02:49 minutes | 570 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Warner Classics

This album brings together world premiere recordings of three aesthetically diverse piano concertos that were written for Alexandre Tharaud. They are Left, alone by the Dane Hans Abrahamsen (b. 1952), Future is a faded song by the Frenchman Gérard Pesson (b.1958) and Kuleshov by the Argentian-born Frenchman Oscar Strasnoy (b.1970). Strasnoy has said that his concerto was “inspired by Alexandre Tharaud’s unique and inimitable phrasing and clarity of playing.” No doubt those words could apply to all three works on the album.

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Alexandre Tharaud – Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos 30-32 (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Alexandre Tharaud – Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos 30-32 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:02:05 minutes | 956 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Warner Classics

Alexandre Tharaud records Beethoven for the first time! Beethoven’s last three sonatas, Nos. 30, 31, 32, composed 1820-22 and are considered some of the most difficult works in the repertoire. The NY Times said “[Alexandre Tharaud] imbued the opening of Beethoven’s Sonata No.31 (Op. 110) with a poetic introspection…”

“Alexandre Tharaud is a musician of wide interests, as compelling in the Baroque as he is delightful in a favourite disc of mine, ‘Le boeuf sur le toit’ (12/12). Now he has gone mainstream, with Beethoven’s last three sonatas.

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Jean-Guihen Queyras & Alexandre Tharaud – Brahms: Cello Sonatas & Hungarian Dances (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Jean-Guihen Queyras & Alexandre Tharaud – Brahms: Cello Sonatas & Hungarian Dances (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:11:20 minutes | 1,16 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Warner Classics

Pianist Alexandre Tharaud and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras are long-established as a duo team, but this is the first time that Queyras has joined Tharaud for an Erato recording. They have chosen works that lie at the heart of the Romantic repertoire, all by Brahms: his two cello sonatas and the duo’s own transcriptions of six of the Hungarian Dances.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn – Piano Concertos – Alexandre Tharaud, Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn – Piano Concertos – Alexandre Tharaud, Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:57 minutes | 1,2 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front Cover | © Erato/Warner Classics
Recorded: Domaine Forget, Québec, 11-15. VIII. 2013

Alexandre Tharaud returns with an album of music by Haydn and Mozart composed between 1777 and 1786, including the latter’s masterpiece the Piano Concerto No.9 ‘Jeunehomme’ widely regarded as one of his greatest contributions to the genre. The piano works are elegantly woven together: while Tharaud performs Mozart’s cadenzas in the Piano Concerto No.9, the pianist has written his own for the Rondo in A – employing themes from ‘Jeunehomme’ – as well as for the Haydn concerto in which he uses motifs from Mozart’s famous Rondo ‘Alla Turca’ to give a truly Eastern European flavour to the work that seizes on the spirit of its final-movement Rondo all’Ungherese. The album sees Tharaud reunite with old friends: the award-winning French-Canadian chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy under the baton of their music director Bernard Labadie, and the outstanding mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in Mozart’s concert aria ‘Ch’io mi scordi di te?’.

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Alexandre Tharaud – Bach: Goldberg Variations (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Johann Sebastian Bach – Goldberg Variations – Alexandre Tharaud (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:15:10 minutes | 1,18 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Warner Classics/Erato
Recorded: 22 – 27.II.2015 & 12-14.IV. 2015, Aix en Provence – conservatoire Darius Milhaud

Music of the Baroque era – Bach keyboard concertos and Scarlatti sonatas – already features in the eclectic Erato catalogue of the French pianist Alexandre Tharaud. Now he is giving us his interpretation of one of the monuments of the repertoire for piano (and harpsichord), Bach’sGoldberg Variations.

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