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TCHEREPNIN, Alexander (1899-1977)

COMPLETE PIANO MUSIC • 1


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

This first volume of Alexander Tcherepnin’s extensive list of works for piano takes us from some of his earliest works as a precocious Russian teenager, through to significant and intensely expressive compositions. From the vitally youthful picture stories of the Bagatelles, through the remarkable Sonatas to the exploratory late Ascension, each work is a gold mine of astoundingly inventive and distinctively individual craftsmanship. The program demonstrates Tcherepnin’s mastery of the miniature and the monumental, speaking to the heart from a basis in the Romantic tradition. Tcherepnin’s is a voice which stands comparison with Prokofiev and at times Rachmaninov, but the over-riding impression is of striking individuality and compelling inventiveness.

Tracklist

 
10 Bagatelles, Op. 5 (1918) (00:12:00 )
1
No. 1. Allegro marciale (00:00:57)
2
No. 2. Con vivacita (00:01:31)
3
No. 3. Vivo (00:00:58)
4
No. 4. Lento con tristezza (00:01:45)
5
No. 5. Dolce (00:01:16)
6
No. 6. Allegro con spirito (00:01:02)
7
No. 7. Prestissimo (00:01:11)
8
No. 8. Allegro (00:01:03)
9
No. 9. Allegretto (00:00:43)
10
No. 10. Presto (00:01:09)
 
Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 22 (1918) (00:14:36 )
11
I. Allegro comodo (00:07:11)
12
II. Andante (00:02:59)
13
III. Allegro (00:02:09)
14
IV. Grave (00:02:18)
 
9 Inventions, Op. 13 (1921) (00:05:44 )
15
Invention No. 1: Sans lenteur * (00:00:52)
16
Invention No. 2: Vif et energique * (00:00:41)
17
Invention No. 3: Modere * (00:00:28)
18
Invention No. 4: Avec mouvement * (00:00:31)
19
Invention No. 5: Lourd * (00:00:40)
20
Invention No. 6: Vite * (00:00:29)
21
Invention No. 7: Tranquille * (00:00:45)
22
Invention No. 8: Lent * (00:00:45)
23
Invention No. 9: Claire * (00:00:32)
 
Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 94 (1961) (00:11:11 )
24
I. Lento (00:04:26)
25
II. Andantino (00:02:38)
26
III. Animato (00:04:07)
 
10 Etudes, Op. 18 (1920) (00:25:00 )
27
No. 1. Allegretto * (00:02:10)
28
No. 2. Rubato * (00:01:42)
29
No. 3. Marziale * (00:01:52)
30
No. 4. Andantino * (00:02:01)
31
No. 5. Vivace * (00:01:57)
32
No. 6. Moderato * (00:02:09)
33
No. 7. Allegretto con moto * (00:01:31)
34
No. 8. Vivace * (00:00:38)
35
No. 9. Maestoso * (00:02:29)
36
No. 10. Lento * (00:03:03)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:02:38

The Artist

Giorgio Koukl is a pianist/harpsichordist and composer. He studied in Prague at the state music school and conservatory before continuing his studies at both the conservatories of Zurich and Milan, where he took part in the masterclasses of Nikita Magalov, Jacques Février, and Stanislaus Neuhaus, and with Rudolf Firkušný, friend and advocate of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů. It was through Firkušný that Koukl first encountered Martinů’s music, eventually becoming one of the world’s leading interpreters of Martinů’s piano music. As a logical continuation of this work, Koukl has recorded the complete solo piano works of Paul Le Flem, a Breton composer who belonged to the Parisian circle of Martinů, Tcherepnin and Tansman, of Arthur Lourié, an important member of the “silver age” group of Russian composers, and of Vítězslava Kaprálová.

Reviews

“Koukl proves himself a most sympathetic advocate for Tcherepnin’s music, whether on a small or large scale.” – International Piano

Pizzicato

“Fascinatingly fresh” – Pizzicato

MusicWeb International

“This is one of those discs that makes me want to shout with delight. ” – MusicWeb International