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Alexandre Tharaud: Versailles

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Label: Erato

Cat No: 9029538642

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 15th November 2019



Alexandre Tharaud (piano)
Sabine Devieilhe (soprano)
Justin Taylor (piano)


Anglebert, Jean-Henri d'

Fugue grave pour l'orgue
Pieces in C major
» Chaconne
Transcriptions of airs by Monsieur de Lully
» Ouverture de Cadmus
» Sarabande 'Dieu des Enfers'
Variations sur Les Folies d'Espagne

Balbastre, Claude

La Suzanne

Couperin, Francois

Pieces de clavecin II
» Ordre 8 in B minor: Passacaille
Pieces de clavecin IV
» Ordre 25 in E flat major: Les Ombres errantes

Duphly, Jacques

La de Belombre
Rondeau: La Pothouin

Lully, Jean-Baptiste

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
» Marche pour la ceremonie des Turcs (trans. Alexandre Tharaud)

Rameau, Jean-Philippe

Les Indes galantes
» Viens, Hymen
Nouvelles Suites de Pieces de Clavecin
» 7. Gavotte and Variations
» 14. Les Sauvages
Pieces de clavecin: Deuxieme Suite in E minor
» IV Le rappel des Oiseaux
» VIII Tambourin
Premier livre de pieces de clavecin: Suite in A minor
» Prelude

Royer, Pancrace

La Marche des Scythes
Premier et Deuxieme Tambourins

Visee, Robert de

Livre de pieces pour la guittarre (1686)
» Sarabande


Alexandre Tharaud (piano)
Sabine Devieilhe (soprano)
Justin Taylor (piano)


Alexandre Tharaud pays tribute to composers associated with the courts of the French kings Louis XIV, XV and XVI. Lully, Rameau and François Couperin stand beside lesser-known masters: d’Anglebert, Royer, Duphly and Balbastre.

“I’ve always been attracted by French music of this period,” says Tharaud, adding that when he plays the album’s initial Rameau prelude, “It’s like being alone at Versailles, opening the doors and entering those huge, imposing rooms.”


Alexandre Tharaud loves a themed disc and ‘Versailles’ is a typically personal exploration of the glories of the French Baroque keyboard tradition. ... It’s a beautifully programmed disc – so much so that it begs to be heard complete. ... a life affirming disc... Harriet Smith
Gramophone February 2020
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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