Cinema for the Ears - Alexandre Tharaud's Emotional Film Music Album „Cinema“

Cinema © Erato / Warner Classics

"Creating a sound world that is just as captivating without the moving images" is how pianist Alexandre Tharaud describes the intention for his new double album Cinema. It contains soundtracks from masterpieces of film history from over six decades and 19 different countries. Among them are much-loved earworms by composers such as Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota and Philip Glass. For his recording, the famous French keyboard wizard brings together a star-studded cast: the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia conducted by Antonio Pappano, as well as numerous 'special guests', including singers Vanessa Paradis, Camélia Jordana and soprano Sabine Devieilhe.

"The origins of this recording go back a long way," Alexandre Tharaud elaborates. "As a child, I loved to improvise and play melodies that I liked. That was mainly film music from my grandparents' TV." During his studies, he deepened this passion, accompanying silent films on the piano: "Sometimes you have to exaggerate to make a character seem more or less likeable, to make the audience laugh or cry." The idea for Cinema, however, took shape when composer Michel Legrand sent him scores of his film music, including a medley of Barbara Streisand's classic film Yentl. Other tracks on the album (arranged for solo piano - some penned by Alexandre Tharaud - , for piano and orchestra, and in their original versions) are from classic films such as Cinema Paradiso, The Fabulous World of Amélie, E. T., The Leopard, Schindler's List and Star Wars.

The album will be released on 21st October 2022 by Erato / Warner Classics, first singles are already available.
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On 12th October, BR KlickKlack published an exciting article on the album.

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