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Tharaud plays Rachmaninov / Alexander Tharaud, piano; Alexander Melnikov, piano; Aleksandar Madzar, piano; Sabine Devieilhe, soprano

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Morceaux de fantaisie (5), for piano, Op. 3
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/14
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Pieces (2) for piano, 6 hands, TN ii/22
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Notes & Reviews:

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."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, United Kingdom (01/05/2016-01/07/2016); Salle Colonne, Paris (01/05/2016-01/07/2016); Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, United Kingdom (02/13/2016-02/16/2016); Salle Colonne, Paris (02/13/2016-02/16/2016).



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
  • Performer: Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Vedernikov
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, United Kingdom (01/05/2016-01/07/2016)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Morceaux de fantaisie (5), for piano, Op. 3
  • Performer: Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (02/13/2016-02/16/2016)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Vocalise, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/14
  • Performers: Sabine Devieilhe; Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (02/13/2016-02/16/2016)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1915

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Pieces (2) for piano, 6 hands, TN ii/22
  • Performers: Aleksandar Madzar (Piano); Alexander Melnikov (Piano); Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (02/13/2016-02/16/2016)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1891