Alexandre Tharaud

Moderne

(CD - Harmonia Mundi #HMX 290871015)

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Alexandre Tharaud's Moderne is a six-CD box set, consisting of works by Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, Maurice Ravel, Francis Poulenc, and other 20th century composers, which he recorded for Harmonia Mundi between 1996 and 2008. Tharaud is known for his extremely deep repertoire, and it can be daunting to locate these recordings among his myriad releases, so this compilation is a boon for collectors, as well as a testament to his commitment to modern music. Tharaud is joined in these performances by violinist Isabelle Faust, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, clarinetist Ronald van Spaendonck, and flutist Philippe Bernold, among other artists, and in a performance of Thierry Pécou's piano concerto, L'Oiseau innumérable, he is backed by the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, conducted by Andrea Quinn. But Tharaud's recordings of Satie's solo keyboard pieces and Maurice Ravel's complete oeuvre for piano show him at his most lucid and compelling, and are highlights of this set.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Sonate No. 1 in D minor, pour violoncelle et piano
1 04:12 Amazon
2 03:19 Amazon
3 03:26 Amazon
4 04:34 Amazon
5 06:39 Amazon
6 01:51 Amazon
7 08:02 Amazon
Sonate pour violoncelle et piano
8 05:25 Amazon
9 05:52 Amazon
10 03:19 Amazon
11 06:23 Amazon
Suite française pour violoncelle et piano
12 01:18 Amazon
13 02:30 Amazon
14 01:05 Amazon
15 01:07 Amazon
16 01:51 Amazon
17 01:23 Amazon
18 01:44 Amazon
Sonate pour clarinette et piano
19 05:07 Amazon
20 04:57 Amazon
21 03:12 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:34 Amazon
2 01:15 Amazon
3 03:24 Amazon
Véritables Préludes flasques (pour un chien)
4 00:48 Amazon
5 00:50 Amazon
6 00:52 Amazon
7 01:40 Amazon
Les Trois Valses distinguées du précieux dégoûté
8 01:01 Amazon
9 01:12 Amazon
10 00:45 Amazon
11 02:21 Amazon
12 01:33 Amazon
Descriptions automatiques
13 01:50 Amazon
14 01:43 Amazon
15 00:53 Amazon
16 02:32 Amazon
17 01:41 Amazon
Le Piège de Méduse. Sept pièces pour piano
18 00:51 Amazon
19 00:57 Amazon
20 00:37 Amazon
21 00:49 Amazon
22 00:17 Amazon
23 00:53 Amazon
24 00:26 Amazon
Pièces froides
25 01:38 Amazon
26 01:21 Amazon
27 02:14 Amazon
Avant-dernières Pensées
28 00:57 Amazon
29 01:33 Amazon
30 01:08 Amazon
Carnet d'esquisses et de croquis
31 01:35 Amazon
Embryons desséchés
32 02:08 Amazon
33 01:40 Amazon
34 01:41 Amazon
35 02:36 Amazon
36 01:34 Amazon
Heures séculaires et instantanées
37 01:37 Amazon
38 00:58 Amazon
39 00:50 Amazon
40 01:10 Amazon
41 04:01 Amazon
42 02:04 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Trois Morceaux en forme de poire, pour piano à quatre mains
1 02:38 Amazon
2 00:51 Amazon
3 01:14 Amazon
4 02:30 Amazon
5 01:53 Amazon
6 02:43 Amazon
7 01:36 Amazon
8 03:46 Amazon
9 03:44 Amazon
10 02:13 Amazon
11 02:29 Amazon
La Belle Excentrique, fantasie sérieuse pour piano à quatre mains
12 01:26 Amazon
13 01:54 Amazon
14 02:04 Amazon
15 00:54 Amazon
16 01:57 Amazon
Choses vues à droite et à gauche (sans lunettes)
17 01:15 Amazon
18 01:42 Amazon
19 01:31 Amazon
20 08:38 Amazon
Melodies
21 01:34 Amazon
Ludions
22 00:29 Amazon
23 00:33 Amazon
24 00:56 Amazon
25 00:41 Amazon
26 00:57 Amazon
27 01:25 Amazon
28 03:27 Amazon
29 05:48 Amazon
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