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.
Queyras and Tharaud clearly enjoy the process as well as the freedom of interpretation and presentation that the encore gives. But there is a niggling feeling here of something missing, and it’s not just the concert beforehand…And yet there is much that is inventive amongst all the enthusiastic ornamentation. BBC Music Magazine
Here we have a disc of encores to hit all moods and genres...far from being a pick’n’mix standing at the ready to be chopped up into a multitude of playlists (not that I don’t hope it doesn’t turn up everywhere), this is a genuine, single, sublime work of art, and to achieve this from such a multi-angled selection takes unusual artistry. Gramophone