Tharaud, Alexandre

Keyboard Concertos

CD
5 Sep 2011

Barcode: 5099907091322

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Other participants: Bernard Labadie,
Les Violons du Roy

Alexandre Tharaud follows his dazzling album of Scarlatti sonatas with another fusion of modern and historically informed performance styles. Joining him in this new collection of Bach keyboard concertos is the dynamic period-instrument ensemble Les Violons du Roy, under its director Bernard Labadie.

Alexandre Tharaud leads the current generation of pianists who are both reclaiming Baroque keyboard music from harpischordists and integrating historically informed principles into their playing. Exemplifying this fruitful hybrid of modern piano and authentic style is Tharaud’s collaboration in five Bach concertos with one of North America’s most dynamic period-instrument ensembles, the Quebec-based Les Violons du Roy under its director Bernard Labadie.

The programme comprises four concertos for solo keyboard (1052, 1054, 1056, 1058) and also the concerto for four pianos, BWV 1065, in which – thanks to studio technology – Tharaud plays all four solo parts.

A bonus item is an arrangement of an arrangement: Tharaud and Labadie have adapted Bach’s transcription for keyboard of an Adagio written by the Venetian Alessandro Marcello (1669-1747). Tharaud describes it as “ a combination of Bach’s solo version and of Marcello’s version for oboe and orchestra – with me playing the oboe line”.

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 I. Allegro: Keyboard Concerto in D Minor BWV 1052  - Alexandre Tharaud/Les Violins du Roy/Bernard Labad 
02 II. Adagio: Keyboard Concerto in D Minor BWV 1052  - Alexandre Tharaud/Les Violins du Roy/Bernard Labad 
03 III. Allegro: Keyboard Concerto in D Minor BWV 1052  - Alexandre Tharaud/Les Violins du Roy/Bernard Labad 
04 I. Allegro: Keyboard Concerto in D Major BWV 1054  - Alexandre Tharaud/Les Violins du Roy/Bernard Labad 
05 II. Adagio e sempre piano: Keyboard Concerto in D Major BWV 1054  - Alexandre Tharaud/Les Violins du Roy/Bernard Labad 
06 III. Allegro: Keyboard Concerto in D Major BWV 1054  - Alexandre Tharaud/Les Violins du Roy/Bernard Labad 
07 II Adagio: Keyboard Concerto in D Minor BWV 974  - Alexandre Tharaud/Les Violins du Roy/Bernard Labad 
08 I. Allegro: Keyboard Concerto in F Minor BWV 1056  - Alexandre Tharaud/Les Violins du Roy/Bernard Labad 
09 II. Largo: Keyboard Concerto in F Minor BWV 1056  - Alexandre Tharaud/Les Violins du Roy/Bernard Labad 
10 III. Presto: Keyboard Concerto in F Minor BWV 1056  - Alexandre Tharaud/Les Violins du Roy/Bernard Labad 
11 I Allegro: Keyboard Concerto in G Minor BWV 1058  - Alexandre Tharaud/Les Violins du Roy/Bernard Labad 
12 II Andante: Keyboard Concerto in G Minor BWV 1058  - Alexandre Tharaud/Les Violins du Roy/Bernard Labad 
13 III Allegro assai: Keyboard Concerto in G Minor BWV 1058  - Alexandre Tharaud/Les Violins du Roy/Bernard Labad 
14 I. Allegro: Keyboard Concerto in A Minor BWV 1065  - Alexandre Tharaud/Les Violins du Roy/Bernard Labad 
15 II. Largo: Keyboard Concerto in A Minor BWV 1065  - Alexandre Tharaud/Les Violins du Roy/Bernard Labad 
16 III. Allegro: Keyboard Concerto in A Minor BWV 1065  - Alexandre Tharaud/Les Violins du Roy/Bernard Labad 


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