Alexandre Tharaud

Chopin: Préludes

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French pianist Alexandre Tharaud's 2006 recording of Chopin's waltzes seemed a bit wan, but it would be very difficult to say the same of his 2008 recording of Chopin's preludes. Played straight through as an integrated cycle, Tharaud's interpretation is hot blooded and passionate. Though some of his tempos push the envelope -- is the A minor Prélude not a bit too fast and the A major Prélude not much too fast? -- and his phrasing occasionally out of touch with the letter of the score, it is hard not be swept up in Tharaud's approach. Tharaud is not content to ride the music's technical challenges to glory. Instead, he infuses each prelude with drama. The inclusion of Chopin's two other preludes and his Trois Nouvelles Études are wonderfully apt additions, and the inclusion of Mompou's Música callada No. 15 (sur le theme du prelude no 4 de Chopin) and Prélude No. 9 and El lago (Le Lac) is thoroughly charming. Recorded in IRCAM in Paris, Harmonia Mundi's sound is transparent and vivid.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189
1
0:33 Amazon
2
1:41 Amazon
3
0:54 Amazon
4
2:11 Amazon
5
0:34 Amazon
6
1:58 Amazon
7
0:47 Amazon
8
1:49 Amazon
9
1:19 Amazon
10
0:33 Amazon
11
0:39 Amazon
12
1:16 Amazon
13
2:49
14
0:28 Amazon
15
5:39 Amazon
16
1:10 Amazon
17
2:56 Amazon
18
0:57 Amazon
19
1:20 Amazon
20
1:46 Amazon
21
1:32 Amazon
22
0:46
23
0:58 Amazon
24
2:48 Amazon
Musica callada, 28 pieces for piano in 4 books
25
2:12 Amazon
Trois nouvelles études, for piano, KK IIb/3, CT. 38-40 (B. 130)
26
1:42 Amazon
27
1:52 Amazon
28
1:49 Amazon
29
1:48 Amazon
30
5:18 Amazon
31
0:49 Amazon
Paisajes, for piano
32
4:53 Amazon
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