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Soundtrack "Amour" [Soundtrack]

Alexandre Tharaud Audio CD
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“(…) A young aristocrat of the keyboard. Cool, supple and elegant, all his performances are in the best French tradition; a fine union of sense and sensibility ... each phrase bringing a renewed sense of delight … the inwardness and grace one associates with true artists".
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  • Audio CD (15 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B008MECT0A
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Impromptu, Op. 90 D899, No. 3 en sol bémol majeur
2. Impromptu, Op. 90 D899, No. 1 en ut mineur
3. Bagatelle, Op. 126, No. 2 en sol mineur
4. Ich ruf zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV639
5. Moment musical, Op. 94 D780, No. 3 en fa mineur
6. Bagatelle, Op. 33, No. 4 en la majeur
7. Bagatelle, Op. 33, No. 2 en ut majeur
8. Extrait No. 1 - Alexandre Tharaud/Emmanuelle Riva/Jean Louis Trintignant
9. Extrait No. 2 - Jean Louis Trintignant/Emmanuelle Riva

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5.0 out of 5 stars You should watch the movie before buying this CD 20 Nov 2013
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because, once you did, you'll be sure to continue listening to his piano. The rare recording of Tharaud's Beethoven is a must for his fan. It is so delicate, subtle, yet very expressive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Discovering a unique pianist in AMOUR 23 Aug 2013
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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It is unusual for a concert pianist to not only play himself in a film but to also performs all the music that makes the soundtrack of the film. Because he is not well known in the US some biographical information helps: `Alexandre Tharaud (born December 9, 1968) is a French pianist born in Paris on December 9, 1968, Alexandre Tharaud discovered the music scene through his father, a director and singer of operettas, which were put on in theaters of Northern France, where his family spent many weekends. At the initiative of his parents, Alexandre started his piano studies at age 5, and he entered Conservatory of the 14th Arrondissement where he met Carmen Taccon-Devenat--a student of Marguerite Long--who became his teacher. He entered the Conservatoire de Paris at age 14 where he won first prize for piano Germaine Mounier when he was 17 years old. With Theodor Paraskivesco, he mastered the piano, and he sought and received the advice of Claude Helffer, Leon Fleisher and Nikita Magaloff. In 1987, he won the International Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona and, a year later, the Senigallia Competition in Italy. In 1989, he received 2nd prize at the Munich International Competition. His career developed quickly in Europe as well as in North America and Japan. Of note, Alexandre refuses to keep his piano in his house because of his belief that he will begin to prefer the pleasure of improvisation to the necessity of rigorous work. He also composes but usually keeps this activity in the background.'

Alexandre Tharaud plays the role of Alexandre, piano student of Anne and Georges whose love story fills the film. The musical score is devoted to Schubert's Impromptus Nos. 1 and 3 and Moment musical No. 3, Beethoven's opus 126 Bagatelle No. 2 and opus 33 Bagatelles Nos. 2 and 4 and the Bach-Busoni Prelude Chorale `Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ' - performed by Tharaud. In viewing the standard repertoire of Tharaud the fact that he seems more devoted to the music of Bach, Scarlatti, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc and Chopin than to the works of Franz Schubert. His approach to Schubert is a bit cold without the finesse and melodic line sensitivity of Andras Schiff, Murray Perahia, Alfred Brendel or Paul Lewis. But for the atmosphere of the film his pianistic skills more than amplify the fact that an actor is truly playing the music we hear. For sentimental reasons this is a fine album. Grady Harp, August 13
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5.0 out of 5 stars You don't need to see the film to appreciate the music! 21 Mar 2013
By JF THIBAULT - Published on Amazon.com
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Alexandre Tharaud has only a short scene at the beginning of the film, but music and his art as a pianist play an essential part in the drama; Schubert's Impromtus (Op90,No.1&3)and Moment musical No.3 opus 94 and Beethoven's Bagatelles(Op.33 no.2&4) are part of the repertoire which Anne (Emanuelle Riva), the central character and teatcher of the young pianist, encouraged him to play at the beginning of his carreer. The music recorded on this Cd will help remind vewers of the intensity of the drama, but also of the depth of its purpose. The two scenes between the protagonists ( E.Riva nd J.L.Trintignant, audio only) added at the end as a filler do not add much to the enchanting performances of Alexandre Tharaud, clearly one of the greatest and most sensitive pianists of this generation.
Michael Haneke made a great and wrenching film but he also made great music the secret and soothing center of the drama, Praise to him!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMOUR 28 Feb 2013
By A. Kolenc - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an amazing soundtrack. It has a very calming feeling to it. Leaving you overall satisfied. I love it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SOUNDTRACK OF THE MOVIE, "AMOUR" 27 Jun 2013
By Mira Frohnmayer - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars soundtrack 23 Mar 2013
By L. Polgar - Published on Amazon.com
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5 stars is a personal choice and should not be used as a reference for buying this CD. I saw the movie and was moved by the Beethoven Bagatelles which I was not familiar with. I wanted to hear them played by the same artist who performed them in the film. I do not know this pianist and like his playing very much. I also bought another recording of the Beethoven pieces by another artist for comparison and for a more complete selection of the Bagatelles. The pieces are beautiful and well played on both CDs. This CD in particular, the movie soundtrack, is not expensive and has other pieces played by the same artist which I enjoy as well. So, purely subjective and experimental reasons urged me to buy this soundtrack. I am happy with my purchase. If you have seen the movie and liked the music compiled for the film it's a good choice. However, if you just like the Beethoven Bagatelles and want to hear them in greater depth, I suggest the Christoph Eschenbach recordings. I bought them as well and praise them highly.
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