Tharaud, Alexandre

Bach: Goldberg Variations

CD + DVD
16 Oct 2015

Barcode: 0825646051779

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

"He conceives the whole piece as a drama that sucks us in and doesn’t let go, and carefully paints vivid character along the way." The Guardian

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’s Goldberg Variations. “Bach is the father of all composers,” Tharaud has said. “He is the one who opened the way. When I am tired, or not playing at my best, I return to Bach. He refocuses me, he gives me new strength. His music has a centre, but it has no end... To play Bach, you need to feel in harmony with yourself, to feel humble – Bach really is a matter of humility... You cannot hide anything.”

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: I. Aria  - Alexandre Tharaud 
02 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: II. Variation 1 a 1 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
03 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: III. Variation 2 a 1 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
04 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: IV. Variation 3 - Canone all Unisuono a 1 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
05 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: V. Variation 4 a 1 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
06 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: VI. Variation 5 a 1 o vero 2 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
07 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: VII. Variation 6 Canone alla seconda a 1 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
08 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: VIII. Variation 7 a 1 o vero 2 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
09 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: IX. Variation 8 a 2 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
10 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: X. Variation 9 Canone alla terza a 2 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
11 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XI. Variation 10 Fughetta a 1 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
12 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XII. Variation 11 a 2 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
13 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XIII. Variation 12 Canone alla quarta  - Alexandre Tharaud 
14 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XIV. Variation 13 a 2 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
15 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XV. Variation 14 a 2 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
16 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XVI. Variation 15 Canone alla Quinta a 1 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
17 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XVII. Variation 16 a 1 clav. Ouvertura  - Alexandre Tharaud 
18 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XVIII. Variation 17 a 2 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
19 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XIX. Variation 18 Canone alla sexta a 1 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
20 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XX. Variation 19 a 1 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
21 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXI. Variation 20 a 2 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
22 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXII. Variation 21 canone alla settima a 1 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
23 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXIII. Variation 22 a 1 clav. alla breve  - Alexandre Tharaud 
24 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXIV. Variation 23 a 2 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
25 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXV. Variation 24 Canone alla Ottava a 1 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
26 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXVI. Variation 25 a 2 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
27 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXVII. Variation 26 a 2 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
28 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXVIII. Variation 27 Canone alla Nona a 2 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
29 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXIX. Variation 28 a 1 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
30 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXX. Variation 29 a 1 o vero 2 clav.  - Alexandre Tharaud 
31 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXXI. Variation 30 a 1 clav. Quodlibet  - Alexandre Tharaud 
32 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXXII. Aria da Capo e fine  - Alexandre Tharaud 
Disc 2 
01 Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988  - Alexandre Tharaud 


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