Alexandre Tharaud and Jean Guihen Queyras

Chamber Music at The Diamond: Bach, Shostakovich, Berg and Brahms

Saturday 21 April 2018 at 16:00 Queens Hall
The cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and the pianist Alexandre Tharaud. Photo: Pressefoto / Marco Borggreve
The cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and the pianist Alexandre Tharaud. Photo: Pressefoto / Marco Borggreve


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Two of France’s leading soloists have also played as a duo for almost 20 years, and they perform with a quite exceptional musical and stage presence. Their unique collaboration has most recently resulted in a recording of the two Brahms sonatas, issued in January 2018.

Jean-Guihen Queyras is known for having specialised in the solo repertoire for the cello and during his highly impressive career he has made solo appearances and has also performed as a solist together with some of the leading international ensembles. His repertoire ranges from early Baroque music to newly written compositions. He has gained great recognition for his compiling of concert programmes, including the combination of J.S. Bach’s cello suites with modern music for solo cello. Queyras’ clear focus on the music in itself along with his approach to mediating it in accordance with the composer’s intentions and with an utter presence in the concert situation are techniques inspired by his close artistic collaboration with the important modern French composer, conductor and philosopher Pierre Boulez.

The pianist Alexandre Tharaud has a great love of his own country’s music, from the Baroque composers Jean-Philippe Rameau and François Couperin to such great 20th century French composers as Debussy and Ravel. He has, though, a very special relation to the composer Emmanuel Chabrier, since Tharaud seems him as a natural link between earlier French piano music and the music of the 20th century. In a Danish context, Alexandre Tharaud has made a quite special impact, since he was the one who in 2016 gave the first performance of Hans Abrahamsen’s piano concerto Left, alone (2015), which, like Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major, does not involve the use of the right hand. After the first performance of the work in Cologne, one could also hear him at the Danish premiere of the concerto with The Danish National Symphony Orchestra.


J. S. Bach: Viola da Gamba Sonata no. 2 in D major

Dimitri Shostakovich: Sonata

– Interval –

Alban Berg:  Four pieces

Johannes Brahms:  Sonata no. 1 in E minor