Jean-Guihen Queyras & Alexandre Tharaud: Complices | Harmonia Mundi HMM902274

Jean-Guihen Queyras & Alexandre Tharaud: Complices


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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMM902274

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 10th January 2020



Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)
Alexandre Tharaud (piano)
Raphael Imbert (saxophone)
La Diane francaise


Stephanie-Marie Degand


Angerer, Edmund

Berchtesgadener Symphony ('Toy Symphony') in C major, Hob.II:47
» Adagio

Brahms, Johannes

Hungarian Dances (21), WoO1
» no.2 in D minor (arr. cello and piano)

Chopin, Frederic

Nocturnes (21)
» no.2 in E flat major, op.9 no.2 (arr. cello and piano)

Coltrane, John

Improvisation on Bach: Alabama (arr. saxophone and cello)

Dutilleux, Henri

Strophes (3) sur le nom de Sacher
» no.1 Un poco indeciso

Falla, Manuel de

Canciones populares espanolas (7)
» no.5 Nana (arr. cello and piano)

Faure, Gabriel

Papillon, op.77 (arr. cello and piano)

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Baryton Trio no.113 in D major, HobXI:113
» II Allegro di molto (arr. cello and piano)

Kreisler, Fritz

Old Viennese Melodies (3)
» II Liebesleid. Tempo di Landler (arr. cello and piano)
» I Liebesfreud (arr. cello and piano)

Popper, David

Elfentanz, op.39
Mazurka in G minor, op.11 no.3 (arr. cello and piano)
Spanish Dances, op.54
» no.2 Serenade

Poulenc, Francis

» Les chemins de l'amour (arr. cello and piano)

Saint-Saens, Camille

Carnival of the Animals
» The Swan (version for cello and piano)

Shchedrin, Rodion

In Imitation of Albeniz (arr. cello and piano)

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Morceaux (6), op.51
» no.6 Valse sentimentale in F minor (arr. cello and piano)

Vecsey, Franz von

Valse triste (arr. cello and piano)

Zimmermann, Bernd Alois

Kurze Studien (4) for cello solo
» no.4


Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)
Alexandre Tharaud (piano)
Raphael Imbert (saxophone)
La Diane francaise


Stephanie-Marie Degand


Friends and frequent recital partners Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexandre Tharaud are reunited here for an album conceived as a collection of short stories, presenting both celebrated and little-known masterpieces of the repertory.

If the art of transcription is the hallmark of great performers, it must be said that these two partners are past masters at it. Throughout this lyrical yet virtuosic programme, music lovers will meet one surprise after another.


... played with gossamer lightness and quicksilver virtuosity by Jean Guihen Queyras and Alexandre Tharaud... a much better constructed affair than many encore discs... I could drop just about anywhere on this and it would be rewarding, a fine listen end to end.  Andrew McGregor
Record Review (BBC Radio 3) 25 January 2020
… here we have a disc of encores to hit all moods and genres: opening with a perkily fluttering and precise reading of the Allegro di molto from Piatigorsky’s transcription of Haydn’s Divertimento in D; Brahms and Popper; and top-of-the-pops picks such as Tchaikovsky’s ‘Valse sentimentale’ and Saint-Saëns’s ‘Le cygne’, which are both lightly floating, gently poetic, less-is-more readings to die for.  Charlotte Gardner
Gramophone April 2020
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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