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Tharaud plays Rachmaninov

Alexandre Tharaud, Alexander Vedernikov, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sabine Devieilhe, Alexander Melnikov, Aleksandar Madzar

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Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18  
1.1
I. Moderato (feat. Alexander Vedernikov)
Sergei Rachmaninov; Alexandre Tharaud; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
11:01
1.2
II. Adagio sostenuto (feat. Alexander Vedernikov)
Sergei Rachmaninov; Alexandre Tharaud; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
11:44
1.3
III. Allegro scherzando (feat. Alexander Vedernikov)
Sergei Rachmaninov; Alexandre Tharaud; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
12:07
5 morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3  
1.4
No. 1, Élégie
Sergei Rachmaninov; Alexandre Tharaud
5:12
1.5
No. 2, Prélude
Sergei Rachmaninov; Alexandre Tharaud
4:16
1.6
No. 3, Mélodie
Sergei Rachmaninov; Alexandre Tharaud
3:47
1.7
No. 4, Polichinelle
Sergei Rachmaninov; Alexandre Tharaud
3:27
1.8
No. 5, Sérénade
Sergei Rachmaninov; Alexandre Tharaud
3:03
14 Romances, Op. 34  
1.9
No. 14, Vocalise (feat. Sabine Devieilhe)
Sergei Rachmaninov; Alexandre Tharaud; Sabine Devieilhe
6:07
2 Pieces for 6 Hands, TN ii/22  
1.10
No. 2, Romance (feat. Alexander Melnikov, Aleksandar Madzar)
Sergei Rachmaninov; Alexandre Tharaud; Alexander Melnikov; Aleksandar Madzar
5:12
1.11
No. 1, Waltz (feat. Alexander Melnikov, Aleksandar Madzar)
Sergei Rachmaninov; Alexandre Tharaud; Alexander Melnikov; Aleksandar Madzar
4:16
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    70:12
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.”
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