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Chopin Journal Intime

23 Nov. 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 23 Nov. 2009
  • Release Date: 23 Nov. 2009
  • Label: Virgin Classics
  • Copyright: 2009 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company
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  • Total Length: 1:04:01
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  • ASIN: B002VFNNQ0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,602 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wil Andersen on 27 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
.. a pianist new to me. Enjoyed this performance enormously - the playing was sensitive, moving and entertaining and the speed, volume, tone and control seemed exactly right to me. I am not a musician but I do listen to a great deal of piano music - and a lot of Chopin - and this ranks up there with Pollini for me. I shall look for other discs by the same artists. Highly recommended.

PS The Amazon price at the time of writing (17th February 2010) seems high - it is available on other UK sites at a considerably lower price.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Tharaud's Chopin 14 July 2010
By James Peyton - Published on
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I have been listening to the cd for the last three weeks at home, in my car, and wherever else I can. It has grown on me because of Tharaud's great color and sense of lyricism. His closing of the Fantasie-Impromptu is a great example of this aspect, as are the g minor ballad and the small posthumous nocturne. Perhaps in the bigger pieces, he doesn't have the same "from above" aspect as Pollini, as in the third ballade, but it has been wonderful to hear a different perspective on these pieces and to hear such lyricism in the smaller ones.
You will never get tired of this 11 Feb. 2015
By Luchino - Published on
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A beautiful selection of Chopin master works, played with great sensitivity. I first heard this on an Air France in-flight entertainment system. I was so taken with it, that I ordered the CD when I got home. It is a very lush, romantic selection of dreamy, sensual music.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Amelie Decleor - Published on
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I must say, I have heard many people play Chopin, but NO ONE like Alexandre Tharaud. His musical expression & delivery is superb, his sensitive expression, of knowing when to hold back and gently caress the listener with the pianissimos, then build up passionately to the crescendos, his intonation and attenuation is absolutely masterful!. I have heard many play Chopin like Rubinstein, and many other famous people however NO ONE delivers Chopin like Alexandre especially in this Journal Intime, which is his own private intimate journal of his favorite Chopin pieces. These are extremely difficult pieces to play, and what I love in both this CD and in the Chopin Preludes by Alexandre, is that he has chosen many pieces of Chopin that are not so well known by most musical listeners.
The pure Genius and artistry of Chopin truly and genuinely shines through flawlessly in Alexandre's masterful musical delivery unlike anything I've ever heard.
This made me fall in love with Chopin's music all over again, but in a new and heightened way. Thank you Alexandre. I applaud your genius. I loved both these albums so much I also purchased Alexandre's Bach CD & his Angelico Corelli CD. J'Adore, merci beaucoup Alexandre for shining this beautiful and precious diamond of classical music and for re-inspiring a new and fresh audience with your Genius.
7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Intelligent, highly personal playing, but totally micromanaged 16 Jan. 2010
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
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No one mounted to the rooftops to shout "the French are coming, the French are coming," yet somehow we have enjoyed a veritable invasion of French and French-based pianists (Aimard, Thibaudet,Angelich, Grimaud, et al.). In number they outstrip their German and Italian rivals, which is rather amazing, since French pianism has hardly been dominant on the international scene in the past (Casadesus over Kempff? Hardly.) Among the most lauded of the younger generation is 31-year-old Alexandre Tharaud, whose earlier Chopin disc won raves in high places.

I am not in a high place, so I'm free to say that he doesn't bowl me over. Tharaud is typed as an intellectual musician, and to be sure, there's more calculation in his approach than emotinal sweep. His Chopin is full of eccentric starts and stops and broken phrases, all done with taste and total lack of exaggeration. But at a certain point this kind of intelligent fussiness, if I can call it that, is crazy-making. Tharaud can't let two bars go by naturally; he micromanages literally every beat. Horowitz did the same on a grand scale. Apparently grandness is out, but the same nervous tinkering is praised on a small scale. On this whole disc, nothing sounded right to me except the Mazurkas, whose off-kilter rhythms suit Tharaud's off-kilter temperament.

As a test case, I urge you to try the Ballade no. 1, comparing Tharaud's inward, highly personal style with the sweep of Kissin, the natural instincts of Ax, or the aristocratic power of Pollini. No doubt Tharaud has as much to say in this music as any rising pianist, but he speaks in a language too skewed for me.
6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Debut 12 Jan. 2010
By Classics Lover - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I subscribe to the Angel Records monthly newsletter and this month they featured a free download from this new pianist. Here's the[...]

Anyway - I downloaded the track and instantly fell in love with Mr. Tharaud. I did some research on him and found out that he's one of today's most individual and thoughtful pianists. I think it's perfect that this French pianist is making his debut with a collection of his favourite pieces from the ever popular Polish composer, Chopin - whom spent a good amount of time in Paris during his career. Alex plays with superlative technique and the CD is breathtaking. This is definitely not your ordinary Chopin disc.
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