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Bach: Goldberg Variations / Tharaud


Release Date: 12/04/2015 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 552759   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Music of the Baroque era – Bach keyboard concertos and Scarlatti sonatas – already features in the eclectic Erato catalogue of the French pianist Alexandre Tharaud. Now he is giving us his interpretation of one of the monuments of the repertoire for piano (and harpsichord), Bach’s Goldberg Variations. “Bach is the father of all composers,” Tharaud has said. “He is the one who opened the way. When I am tired, or not playing at my best, I return to Bach. He refocuses me, he gives me new strength. His music has a centre, but it has no end ... To play Bach, you need to feel in harmony with yourself, to feel humble – Bach really is a matter of humility ... You cannot hide anything.”

Review:

This admirable French
Read more pianist took a nine-month sabbatical to hone his interpretation of Bach's Goldberg Variations. Beginning with a spacious Aria, Tharaud offers imaginatively ornamented renditions of each movement, his playing - full of contrasts - spirited and poetic by turn.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 

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