Alexandre Tharaud – Autograph (2013) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Alexandre Tharaud – Autograph (2013) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:09:07 minutes | 1,02 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front Cover | © Erato/Warner Classics

Despite all the somewhat hip graphics, this release from the new partnership of the venerable French label Erato and the revived Warner Classics imprint is at root a very old-fashioned type of album: a program of encores. Even some of the music might have been heard 50 or 75 years ago in a concert by one of the leading touring virtuosos of the day: the Sibelius Valse triste, Op. 44/1, and the Leopold Godowsky arrangement of Saint-Saëns Le Cygne, for example, are such chestnuts that they’re actually a bit less often heard nowadays. But French pianist Alexandre Tharaud updates the old paradigm in several ways. First and most significantly, he adds some new material to the encores mix and integrates it effectively into the overall framework. Such works as Ignacio Cervantes’ rattling Adiós a Cuba and Federico Mompou’s El Lago not only are fresh in this setting but broaden out the mood and expressive range of the whole as the program proceeds. He also adds several Baroque keyboard pieces to the picture with entrancing effect. Finally, Tharaud has a moody and slightly capricious approach to the Romantic mainstream pieces on the bill that works well in this context. With superb sound from the entirely acoustically appropriate Salle Colonne in Paris, this is a strong release that serves the needs of the listener looking for a light album of incidental piano music.

Tracklist

1 Prelude in B Minor, BWV 855a 3:02
2 3 Songs Without Words, Op.17: No. 3 Andante Moderato 2:25
3 Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin, Suite No. 5: Les sauvages 2:04
4 Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Ballet des ombres heureuses) 3:15
5 Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 3 No. 2 4:08
6 Nocturne Op. 19 No. 4 3:37
7 6 Lyric Pieces, Book 8, Op. 65: No. 6 Wedding Day at Troldhaugen 5:39
8 Valse triste, Op. 44 No. 1 4:07
9 Prelude for the Left Hand, Op. 9 No. 1 2:24
10 Songs Without Words, Book 6, Op. 67: No. 2 Allegro leggiero 1:59
11 Waltz No. 6 in D Flat-Major, Op. 64, No. 1 1:50
12 The Swan (Le cygne) 2:49
13 18ème Ordre: No. 6 Le tic-toc-choc, ou Les maillotins 2:33
14 Feuillet d’album 1:56
15 Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 141 3:34
16 L’Arlésienne, Suite de Concert No. 1: III. Adagietto 2:34
17 Adiós a Cuba 1:51
18 Tourbillon (d’aprés le Tourbillon de la vie de Georges Delerue) 2:16
19 Mélancolie, FP 105 5:23
20 Paisajes: El lago 4:14
21 Valse lente 1:35
22 3 Gymnopédies: No. 3 Lent et grave 2:48
23 Keyboard Concerto BWV 979: II. Andante 3:15

Personnel
Alexandre Tharaud, piano

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