Alexandre Tharaud – Tharaud plays Rachmaninov (2016)
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Recorded: Concerto: 5-7.I.2016 . Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, United Kingdom; Chamber music: 13-16.II.2016. Salle Colonne, Paris

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.”


Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
1. I. Moderato 11:02
2. II. Adagio sostenuto 11:45
3. III. Allegro scherzando 12:07
5 morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3
4. No. 1, Élégie 05:12
5. No. 2, Prélude 04:16
6. No. 3, Mélodie 03:48
7. No. 4, Polichinelle 03:27
8. No. 5, Sérénade 03:04
14 Romances, Op. 34
9. No. 14, Vocalise 06:08
2 Pieces for 6 Hands, TN ii/22
10. No. 2, Romance 05:12
11. No. 1, Waltz 04:16

Alexandre Tharaud, piano
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (#1-3)
Alexander Vedernikov, conductor (#1-3)
Sabine Devieilhe soprano (#9)
Alexander Melnikov (higher part), Aleksandar Madzar (lower part) piano (#10,11)