3 March sees the release of Jean Rondeau’s latest solo album Gradus Ad Parnassum, his eighth album recorded in partnership with the Warner/Erato label. Paying tribute to the eponymous 1725 composition by Austrian composer Johann Joseph Fux, Gradus ad Parnassum refers to the mythological mountain home of the Muses and the metaphorical climb the artist makes to reach it. Rondeau’s journey takes a circumspect route, combining works intended for both piano and harpsichord by composers ranging from the 16th to the 20th Centuries including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Clementi and Debussy. The album launch coincides with recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall (10 March), the Tonhalle Düsseldorf (11 March), and the Cité de la Musique in Paris (15 and 16 March); the first in a series of international recitals throughout 2023 to feature this programme.
Gradus ad Parnassum is available in both CD and digital form.