Alexandre Tharaud, piano
Bach “Goldberg” Variations
We are excited to be joined by one of France’s leading pianists, Alexandre Tharaud, for a recital of Bach’s mesmerizing “Goldberg” Variations. This iconic work comprises an aria and a set of 30 variations including canons, a fugue, a French overture, a siciliana, accompanied solos, and a series of inventions and dance-like movements.
Recognized on the international stage as an artist of unique vision and originality, Tharaud is heralded for his brilliantly conceived programs and best-selling recordings that range from Bach, Chopin, Rameau, and Ravel, to music inspired by Paris cabaret of the 1920s. His 2015 recording of the “Goldberg” Variations was named one of “The Best Classical Music Recordings of 2015” by The New York Times, where music critic Vivien Schweitzer noted, “This admirable French pianist took a nine-month sabbatical to hone his interpretation of Bach’s ‘Goldberg’ Variations. Beginning with a spacious aria, Mr. Tharaud offers imaginatively ornamented renditions of each movement, his playing—full of contrasts—spirited and poetic by turn.”
As a recitalist, Tharaud has performed in cities around the world including Amsterdam, Boston, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Cologne, London, New York, Paris, Prague, Tokyo, Vienna, and Washington, D.C.