|Scarlatti||Sonatas K64, K132, K72, K3, K514 & K481|
|Rachmaninov||Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3|
|Hahn||‘Versailles’ from Le rossignol éperdu|
|Ravel||La Valse (arr. Alexandre Tharaud)|
In a career spanning 25 years, Alexandre Tharaud has become a revered figure in the classical music world and a uniquely dazzling exponent of French pianism.
In this programme, he brings together Ravel’s masterpieces of reinvention: Sonatine, his shimmering, radiant take on a classic form, and the delirious La Valse which evokes a 19th century world through the shattered prism of modernism.
Reynaldo Hahn evokes the lost world of the French Baroque in his Versailles, while a fistful of gems by two great pianist-performers, Scarlatti and Rachmaninov, begin the evening.
Alexandre Tharaud is a sought-after soloist, appearing with many of the world’s leading orchestras. In November 2019, he released his latest album, Versailles, which pays tribute to composers associated with the courts of the French kings Louis XIV, XV and XVI. He is the subject of a film directed by Swiss film maker Raphaëlle Aellig-Régnier: Alexandre Tharaud, Le Temps Dérobé, and appeared in the role of the pianist ‘Alexandre’ in Michael Hanneke’s celebrated 2012 film Amour.