Performance Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Alexandre Tharaud

Zankel Hall
This evening’s recital will take place as originally scheduled at 7:30 PM in Zankel Hall. If you have any questions or require further assistance, please contact CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.

Alexandre Tharaud
brings color and his awe-inspiring virtuosity to music that spans Baroque France to Biedermeier Vienna. Couperin’s Pièces de clavecin—brief but brilliant character pieces—are among the touchstones of Baroque keyboard music. High spirits take flight in Mozart’s A-Major Sonata with its famous “Alla Turca” finale. Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31 is profound and moving, while Schubert’s genial German Dances delight with their charming melodies.


  • Alexandre Tharaud, Piano


  • MOZART Piano Sonata in A Major, K. 331
  • COUPERIN Pièces de clavecin
    ·· La logivière
    ·· Les calotines
    ·· Les rozeaux
    ·· Les baricades mistérieuses
    ·· Les ombres errantes
    ·· La triomphante
    ·· Le Carillon de Cithére
    ·· Le tic-toc-choc ou les maillotins
  • SCHUBERT 16 German Dances, D. 783
  • BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110

  • Encores:
  • BACH Prelude in B Minor (arr. Siloti)
  • D. SCARLATTI Sonata in D Minor, K. 141

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Alexandre Tharaud

    AlexandreTharaud's international career boasts appearances atAmsterdam's Concertgebouw,London's Royal Festival Hall, Taiwan's National Concert Hall,Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris,and Seoul ArtsCenter.Mr. Tharaud has taken part in numerous festivals, including Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Festival International de Piano de La Roque-d'Anthéron, Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms, Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Ruhr Piano Festival, Le Domaine Forget International Music Festival,Festival de Lanaudière, and Moscow's December Nights Festival.

    As a soloist, Mr. Tharaud has performed with the major French orchestras, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, as well as the Bavarian and Frankfurt radio symphony orchestras. He has also appeared with the Estonian National,
    Tokyo Metropolitan,Toronto, Singapore, National Taiwan, Sao Paulo, Umeå,and Hamburg symphony orchestras, and the Japan and Malaysian philharmonic orchestras. Mr. Tharaud has performed under the direction of Lionel Bringuier, Bernard Labadie, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Georges Prêtre, Marc Minkowski, Stéphane Denève, and Claus Peter Flor.

    Mr. Tharaud's latest recording of Haydn and Mozart concertos with Quebec-based orchestra Les Violons du Roy was released this fall on Erato Records. This recording follows Autograph, a collection of encores; Le Boeuf sur le Toit, an homage to Parisian cabaret music of the early 20th century; recordings of the complete Bach solo concertos; and a selection of sonatas by Scarlatti. Mr. Tharaud's award-winning discography also includes a series of recordings for Harmonia Mundi, featuring works by Rameau, Bach, Couperin, and Satie; Chopin's waltzes and preludes; and Ravel's complete piano works.

    During the 2014-2015 season, Mr. Tharaud performs extensively in the United States, Spain, France, Germany, and Slovenia with Les Violons du Roy. He also appears at the International Piano Series at the Southbank Centre in London, and performs with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National de Lille, and Orchestre National de France.

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Couperin's "Le tic-toc-choc ou les maillotins"
Alexandre Tharaud, Piano
Erato/Warner Classics

At a Glance

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART  Piano Sonata in A Major, K. 331

Mozart’s music incorporated elements of mid–18th-century galant style, whose playful elegance, transparent textures, and formal freedom offered an attractive alternative to the strict, intricately wrought, and learned style of fugues and church music. This freedom is evident in his A-Major Sonata, with its unconventional opening movement—a slow theme and variations—and famous “Rondo alla turca” finale.

FRANÇOIS COUPERIN  Selections from Pièces de clavecin

François Couperin was perhaps the greatest of the French harpsichord composers of the Baroque era. The combination of refinement and understated emotion that characterizes his music has been likened to the paintings of Jean-Antoine Watteau. This evening’s program features a selection of pieces drawn from Couperin’s 27 suites for solo harpsichord, including the delicate “Le Carillon de Cithére,” which Richard Strauss orchestrated two centuries later in his Tanzsuite.          

FRANZ SCHUBERT  16 German Dances, D. 783

Schubert’s dances, impromptus, and other short piano pieces distill the essence of his lyrical genius in its purest and most concentrated form. Like Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words, each of these miniature musical narratives seems to express a subliminal text that transcends the bounds of spoken language.  

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110

Commissioned by Berlin publisher Adolf Martin Schlesinger, the last three of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas were composed between 1820 and late 1822, the period in which he was struggling to bring the Missa solemnis and the Ninth Symphony to completion. In the A-flat–Major Sonata, one often has the sense that the composer is feeling rather than hearing his way from one idea to the next, the notes forming themselves soundlessly under his fingers, detached from their auditory moorings.

Program Notes
This performance is part of Keyboard Virtuosos III: Keynotes.