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Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020) conducting his oratorio "Seven Gates of Jerusalem" at the Winter Palace, St Petersburg, in 2001. Photo by Dmitry Lovetsky

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concertos Italiens – Alexandre Tharaud (Audio video)

Pianist Alexandre Tharaud has put together a program of Bach's "Italian Concertos", plus a few of his transcriptions for keyboard of violin and oboe concertos by Italian composers. It's the kind of inspired program that is finally, if slowly, making its way into the world of recorded classical music, and could compete with personalized play lists, if only the artists and producers would put together more than one hour of music. Here, Tharaud could have filled out the program with two more of Bach's transcribed concertos or some of his Italianate movements from the keyboard suites. Tharaud performs what is here imaginatively, with much more color than pianists who prefer their Baroque works more straightforward. He uses everything – variation in touch, dynamics, pedal, phrasing – to distinguish the solo and tutti parts of the concertos. He gives the fast movements a Mediterranean sunny demeanor, exuberant, almost begging for attention; while the slow movements are beautiful in tone and shaping, mesmerizing with their philosophical, inner-monologue quality. Tharaud is best in the Italian Concerto and the Concerto in G major, BWV 973, a Vivaldi transcription. He brings out the concerto qualities very successfully in these two pieces, and seems truly to enjoy playing the music as well as the music itself. The disc's sound is also warmly sunny, adding to Tharaud's hearty way with the music.

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Ένας από τους μεγαλύτερους πιανίστες της γενιάς του, ο Αλεξάντρ Ταρό ερμηνεύει στο πιάνο το «Ιταλικό Κοντσέρτο» σε Φα μείζονα, BWV 971, του Γιόχαν Σεμπάστιαν Μπαχ, καθώς και έργα των Ιταλών συνθετών Αντόνιο Βιβάλντι (1678-1741), Αλεσάντρο Μαρτσέλο (1673-1747) και Μπενεντέτο Μαρτσέλο (1686-1739), σε μεταγραφές από τον Μπαχ για σόλο τσέμπαλο. Η ηχογράφηση έγινε στο Ινστιτούτο IRCAM, στο Κέντρο Ζωρζ Πομπιντού στο Παρίσι, τον Σεπτέμβριο του 2004 και κυκλοφόρησε σε ψηφιακό δίσκο την επόμενη χρονιά από τη δισκογραφική εταιρεία Harmonia Mundi.

Alexandre Tharaud plays Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Concertos Italiens

1. Sicilienne du Concerto en ré mineur / D minor, BWV 596 (d'après Vivaldi)

2. Concerto en sol mineur / G minor, BWV 975 (d'après Vivaldi, Concerto Op.4 No.6, RV 316a)
i. Allegro
ii. Largo
iii. Presto
3. Aria de la Pastorale en ut mineur / C minor, BWV 590
4. Concerto italien en Fa majeur / F major, BWV 971 ("Concerto nach Italienischem Gusto" F-dur, Klavierübung II)
i. [Sans indication de tempo / Without tempo indication]
ii. Andante
iii. Presto
5. Concerto en ré mineur / D minor, BWV 974 (d'après un concerto pour hautbois d'Alessandro Marcello)
i. Allegro
ii. Adagio
iii. Presto
6. Concerto en ut mineur / C minor, BWV 981 (d'après Benedetto Marcello, Concerto pour violon en mi mineur / E minor, Op.1 No.2)
i. Adagio
ii. Vivace
iii. Grave
iv. Prestissimo
7. Concerto en Sol majeur / G major, BWV 973 (d'après Vivaldi, Concerto op.7, livre II No.2, RV 299)
i. Allegro
ii. Largo
iii. Allegro
8. Andante du Concerto en si mineur / B minor (d'après Torelli)

Alexandre Tharaud, piano

Recorded at IRCAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, September 2004

Harmonia Mundi 2005

See also

Alexandre Tharaud – All the posts

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