Alexandre Tharaud - Hommage a Barbara


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Total download size: 758 MB Total play length: 1:18:08
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For this release, pianist Alexandre Tharaud invited a spectacular array of guest performers to join him in paying tribute to the singer-songwriter Barbara, who died 20 years ago, in November 1997. She shares a place of honour in French song with two other ‘B’s’, Jacques Brel and Georges Brassens. Among the featured artists are three world-famous actress-singers Juliette Binoche, Vanessa Paradis and Jane Birkin. It is 20 years since Barbara died, aged 67, on November 24th 1997. Alexandre Tharaud’s idea for this album dates back to the day of her funeral. He, like many other fans, went to the cemetery in Bagneux on the outskirts of Paris. After the crowds and TV cameras had departed, a group of devotees remained at her grave and joined in an impromptu rendition of her songs. “I realised then that Barbara would live on through our voices,” says Tharaud. “I was young, but the recording studio was already central to my life. That morning, at Bagneux Cemetery, I vowed to make an album dedicated entirely to the music of Barbara. I needed time, and singers … The guests on this album are not those anonymous mourners, but dear friends I have invited to lend their own unique voices to this tribute.” For Barbara, Tharaud has assembled a rich and imaginative line-up of performers from a variety of generations and diverse artistic and cultural backgrounds. While there is inevitably a Gallic bias among them, many of their names are well known around the globe. Among them are: actress-singers Juliette Binoche, Vanessa Paradis and Jane Birkin; rock star Radio Elvis; singer-songwriters Bénabar, Juliette , Dominique A, Tim Dup, Jean-Louis Aubert and Albin de la Simone; singers Camélia Jordana, Rokia Traoré, Hindi Zahra and Luz Casal; actor-director Guillaume Gallienne; Erato violinist Renaud Capuçon, clarinettist Michel Portal and the Modigliani string quartet. Alexandre Tharaud himself plays on nearly all the tracks – not just piano, but also electronic organ and keyboards, celesta and bells.


1. Barbara / Arr Tharaud: Pierre (Prelude) [Arr. Tharaud for Piano]
2. Barbara / Arr Tharaud: Cet Enfant-là (Arr. Tharaud for Piano & String Quartet)
3. Barbara / Arr Tharaud: Septembre (Arr. Tharaud for Piano)
4. Barbara / Arr Tharaud: Mes hommes (Arr. Tharaud for Piano, Double Bass & Accordion)
5. Barbara / Arr Tharaud: Du bout des lèvres (Arr. Tharaud for Piano & Keyboards)
6. Barbara / Arr Tharaud: Vivant poème (Arr. Tharaud for Piano)
7. Barbara / Arr Tharaud: Pierre (Arr. Tharaud for Piano, Keyboards, Accordion & Cello)
8. Barbara / Arr. Evis & Tharaud: A mourir pour mourir (Arr. Radio Elvis & Tharaud for Guitar, Snare drum, Keyboards and Percussion)
9. Barbara / Arr Tharaud: Y'aura du monde (Arr. Tharaud for Clarinet, Double Bass & Keyboards)
10. Barbara / Arr Tharaud & De la Simone: Là-bas (Arr. Tharaud & de la Simone for Piano, Percussion, Keyboards, Bass guitar & Cello)
11. Debout / Arr Tharaud: C'est trop tard (Arr. Tharaud for Bass, Horn, Keyboards and Piano)
12. Barbara / Arr Tharaud: Au bois de Saint-Amand (Arr. Tharaud for Piano & Percussion)
13. Barbara / Arr Tharaud: Vienne (Arr. Tharaud for Violin & Piano)
14. Barbara / Arr Tharaud: Say, when will you return? (Dis, quand reviendras tu ?) [Arr. Tharaud for Cello & Piano]
15. Fragson & Del / Arr Tharaud: Les amis de Monsieur (Arr. Tharaud for Piano)
16. Barbara / Arr Tharaud: Attendez que ma joie revienne (Arr. Tharaud for Guitar, Double Bass, String Quartet & Piano)
17. Barbara / Arr Tharaud: Pierre (postlude) [Arr. Tharaud for Piano]
18. Barbara / Arr Tharaud: � mes théâtres (Arr. Tharaud for Narrator)
19. Rauber & Brel / Arr Tharaud: Valse de Frantz (Arr. Tharaud for Piano)
20. Barbara / Arr Romanelli & Portal: Nantes (Arr. Romanelli & Portal for Clarinet & Accordion)
21. Gnansia / Arr Tharaud: Ce Matin-là (Arr. Tharaud for Clarinet, String Quartet & Piano)
22. Barbara / Arr Tharaud: Le Bel âge (Arr. Tharaud for Accordion & Piano)
23. Colombier / Arr Tharaud: Plus rien (Arr. Tharaud for Piano)
24. Barbara / Arr Romanelli: Rémusat (Arr. Romanelli for Accordion)
25. Barbara / Arr Tharaud: J'ai tué l'amour (Arr. Tharaud for Piano)
26. Barbara / Arr Tharaud: Ma plus belle histoire d'amour (Arr. Tharaud for Clarinet & Piano)

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