Tharaud, Alexandre

Tharaud plays Rachmaninov

21 Oct 2016

Barcode: 0190295932671

Other participants: Royal Liverpool Philarmonic Orchestra · Sabine Devieilhe · Alexander Melnikov · Aleksandar Madžar

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.

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.”


Disc 1 
01 Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: I. Moderato  - Alexandre Tharaud 
02 Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: II. Adagio sostenuto  - Alexandre Tharaud 
03 Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: III. Allegro scherzando  - Alexandre Tharaud 
04 Rachmaninov: 5 morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: No. 2, Prélude  - Alexandre Tharaud 
05 Rachmaninov: 14 Romances, Op. 34: No. 14, Vocalise  - Alexandre Tharaud 

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