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Jeunehomme - Mozart, Haydn
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With a wide-ranging discography in tow, Alexandre Tharaud returns with an album of treasured works by Mozart and Haydn. This CD is unique in that Tharaud performs two of his own cadenzas. He is accompanied by the Canadian chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy under the direction of Bernard Labadie. On the fifth track of this album, Tharaud is joined by superstar mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato for a stunning rendition of 'Ch'io mi scordi di te?... Non temer, amato bene' performed with the orchestra.
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Take the period instruments, for example?
Among HIP bands, the Canadian/Quebecoise period instrument orchestra Les violons du roy, led by Bernard Labadie, stand out as highly ranked. But, if you don't much like HIP readings, you may not like this one, either. Labadie, Les violons, and Tharaud have clearly worked together through the music in a very close manner, so that details of phrasing and the ways in which players occupy the ongoing pulse/tempo show uncommon unanimity. The downside is that some folks may hear this engagement as overly deliberate, lacking spontaneity. For those who are not already turned off, the agreement among all players might sound a right bell ringing that helps make this disc a potential music treasure.
Another controversy might stem from Tharaud's original cadenzas. In the booklet notes, he reveals that he has intentionally cross-improvised materials between the Mozart and the Haydn, so much does he hear them as good company for one another. Again, this may put a listener off or pull a listener in, depending. I am pulled into the compelling musical imagination on display. You simply cannot accuse Tharaud of lacking ideas or attentiveness. His Mozart sparkles, yet ebbs into darks and shadows, deeper musical matters that demonstrates critical opinions that the 'Jeunehomme' concerto is Mozart's first indelible masterpiece, all genres considered.
Put another way, Tharaud's way with the music is surely a labor of love.
Speaking of loving the music, shall we also speak of lovely? World class soprano, Joyce DiDonato, joins everybody for the concert aria in track five. Wow, just irresistible, as Mozart, and as sheer singing!
One does not often hear any of the Haydn keyboard concertos or sonatas played in live concerts these days, except perhaps if a conservatory or other study program is near enough to explore repertoire. If we did get Haydn concertos, it would help a great deal to establish Haydn's work if the performances were always as welcome as Tharaud and company offer us. This too-often neglected concerto brings the disc to a fine close with good spirits, indeed. The special qualities that helped bring the Mozart alive are also brought to bear on dear old Papa Haydn, who thus comes alive in melody, brilliance and invention. It is a true pleasure to enjoy this Haydn work, and not just proffer a musicological nod to sheaves of music that remain, sitting on the shelf.
Bravo, all. I hope Tharaud does more Mozart, and soon!
peut-être le 4 pour la prochaine fois?, c'est aussi une merveille et n'est pas encore ennuyeuse. Ou le coronation? - fray and say already played some later concertos.