The countertenor's first joint album Philippe Jaroussky and guitarist Thibaut Garcia, On his guitar takes its name from a song by the 20th century French composer Francis Poulenc, but the album's frame of reference is extraordinarily wide, both culturally and stylistically. Their 22 recordings span 400 years and music by composers from France, Britain, Austria, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and the United States.
On the strictly classical side, among the best known elements are Dido's lament “When I am laid in earth”, the creepy “Elf king” by Schubert and Rossini's brilliant aria “Of so many heartbeats”. Closer to our time there are themes such as' Alfonsina and the sea’ by the Argentine Ariel Ramírez (celebrated for its folkloric Misa Criolla), the melancholic ‘Septembre’ of the legendary Parisian chansonnière Barbara.
Philippe Jaroussky and Thibaut García met in 2019 in Music victories, the french equivalent of the Grammys. 2019 it was also the year that brought Jaroussky's release Passion, a triple album celebrating the 20 anniversary of the professional debut of the countertenor. While most of the material was drawn from Jaroussky's important Erato catalog, the collection also featured some new recordings. Garcia made a guest appearance in two of them: “Flow my tear” by John Dowland (early 17th century) Y “Dead leaves” by Joseph Kosma (from 1946). His debut album, Legends, had been released by Erato in 2016. More recently (autumn of 2020) published an album of works for guitar and orchestra, Aranjuez.
Jaroussky explains that, "Having made records with orchestra or piano, my idea with À sa guitare was to find some colors in my voice different from the ones I use in, let say, baroque music. There was also the idea of an album that mixed various styles ". Thibaut García picks up the thread: “The guitar has an image of both a classical instrument and a pop instrument, so it's got a little bit of a double life. On an album like this we can conjure up vastly different colors while juggling Renaissance music and a song by Barbara. “.