Alexandre Tharaud

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

French pianist Alexandre Tharaud graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. He has given recitals in the leading concert halls of Europe as well as in North and South America and Asia.

Mr. Tharaud has performed as soloist in his own country with the orchestras of Lille, Bordeaux-Aquitaine, Lyons, Nice, Paris, and Toulouse, and abroad in Tokyo, Warsaw, and Singapore, among others. He is a devoted chamber musician and performs and records with cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras as well as clarinetist Ronald Van Spaendonck.

As an enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, he has had many new works dedicated to him that he has performed and recorded. Following his first solo recording in 2001 of suites by Rameau, he made recordings of J.S. Bach, Chopin, Couperin, Pecou, Ravel, and Schubert, all on the harmonia mundi label. The discs have received numerous awards from the international press among them Diapason d’Or de lÁnnèe, Pick of the Month-BBC Music Magazine, Best CD of the Year– de Standaard, and Choc du Monde de la Musique.

Playlist

From NOUVELLES SUITES DE PIÈCES POUR CLAVECIN (1862)

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764)

Suite en Sol (G)
Les Tricotets (rondeau)
Menuets 1 and 2
Les Triolets
Les Sauvages

Excerpts from Suite en La (A)
Allemande
Courante
Sarabande
Les Trois Mains
La Fanfarinette
La Triomphante
Gavotte et doubles

INTERMISSION

TWENTY-FOUR PRELUDES, Opus 28, No. 100 (1839)

Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)

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