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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 1, 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI France
  • ASIN: B004F8JW84
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,422 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Alexandre Tharaud was born in Paris in 1968, and 'discovered the music scene through his father, a director and singer of operettas, which were put on in theaters of Northern France. At the initiative of his parents, Alexandre started his piano studies at age 5, and he entered Conservatory of the 14th Arrondissement where he met Carmen Taccon-Devenat--a student of Marguerite Long--who became his teacher. He entered the Conservatoire de Paris at age 14 where he won first prize for piano Germaine Mounier when he was 17 years old. With Theodor Paraskivesco, he mastered the piano, and he sought and received the advice of Claude Helffer, Leon Fleisher an Nikita Magaloff. In 1987, he won the International Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona and, a year later, the Senigallia Competition in Italy. In 1989, he received 2nd prize at the Munich International Competition. His career developed quickly in Europe as well as in North America and Japan.' Of interest, he supposedly refuses to keep his piano in his house because of his belief that he will begin to prefer the pleasure of improvisation to the necessity of rigorous work. He also composes but usually keeps this activity in the background. Tharaud is now firmly established as a pianist of outstanding international stature. He has acquired a distinctive reputation for his skillfully and personally conceived programming, whether for the concert hall or the recording studio, with his projects around Rameau, Couperin, Bach and Chopin receiving acclaim from critics and audiences around the world.Read more ›
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I am so surprise that there is no one to describe this CD, so that I should explain it for all reviewers how beautiful and especial it's if you want to try or hesitate to buy. I believe someone doubt why you should own it since you had Horowite played Scaraltti with outstanding skills; or some excellent pianoists, ex Pletnev and Schiff also gave us good listenning experience, what Tharaud could give us about different Scarlatti? As to Tharaud's music lover, I had owned his Rameau,and Couperin, and liked his baroque performance, so I expected him going back this period excellent keyborad composer, Scarlatti. I must say that after listenning more times, I never disappointed and apprecated to his poetic expression, which is different to other pianoists, but could give me another kind of listenning enjoying.
Of course some Scarlatti popular compositions ex sonata K.380, you will listen more lower speed, however, you will find it's fresh experience of scarlatti. I will recommand this CD to you, whatever you are fans of Scarlatti or Tharaud, it must be a great association.
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By ELO1216 on January 16, 2012
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Though he can play more romantic and contemporary works with passion and grace, I don't think there's a pianist today who can interpret baroque piano as well as Tharaud. And I say this for his concert performances (I have seen him live) and his recordings. I thought his Bach Concertos Italiens on Harmonia Mundi, along with his other HM recordings of Rameau and Couperin were the ultimate, and they are amazing, but this Scarlatti album is incredible. His playing is technically brilliant, but at the same time has so much emotion and beauty to it. This is simply a gorgeous record.
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I agree completely with the enthusiastic reviews here - this is a terrific recording. I love Scott Ross's and Christophe Rousset's recordings on the harpsichord and, after a long search, I am delighted finally to have found a performance of Scarlatti on the piano which I really like.

These pieces form a small selection from Scarlatti's huge output of well over 500 keyboard sonatas. They are very well chosen to give an excellent variety, from the energetically vigorous to the deeply contemplative and the programme as a whole is very rewarding. It is Tharaud's playing, though, which makes this disc something special. He uses the piano's expressive ability to bring out all the depth and nuance in the music with just enough rubato and dynamic variation to show exactly what Scarlatti means in each sonata without using over-emotional gestures which obscure the music and overlay it with misplaced romanticism. His ornamentation is similarly beautifully judged.

This is, I think, exemplary playing of Baroque music on a modern piano. With lovely recorded sound, good notes and attractive presentation this is an excellent disc all round. It has been a revelation to me and has become a firm favourite. Very warmly recommended.
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This one, along with that of one Yevgeny Sudbin, are truly the finest, most exciting Scarlatti offerings to have come along in decades.
They put that elderly Horowitz fellow to Shame.
Bravi!
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Brilliantly conceived and executed. Tharaud's playing is brilliant yet understated, preserving the spirit of the baroque while infusing these pieces with the kind of mystical wonderment that makes the Scarlatti sonatas mastetpieces for all time.

Well curated, there is a spark in each jewel-like piece. Tharaud makes every sonata sound brilliant without sounding superficial. He finds so much depth here - and goes far beyond keyboard sorcery and pyrotechnics. It's a recital that often feels like a spiritual experience.

Beautifully recorded - I cannot say enough for the sound quality here - it sounds like you are right in the room with Tharaud. His tone is songlike without being saccharine. Tharaud never over pedals or succumbs to the temptation to impart romantic embellishment on these works. But neither does he over-analyze things. The result is a spontaneous feeling full of surprises that feel inevitable only after they sink in.

Note perfect, but deeply spiritual, lovingly curated - and with audiophile quality too - this is one of the finest Scarlatti Recordings I've heard.

Brilliant - enthusiastically recommended!
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