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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.

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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 was born in Prague in 1953, and studied there at the State Music School and Conservatory. He continued his studies at both the Conservatories of Zürich and Milan, where he took part in the masterclasses of Nikita Magaloff, Jacques Février, and Stanislaus Neuhaus, and with Rudolf Firkušný, friend and advocate of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů.

The Composer

The son of Nikolay Tcherepnin, the Russian-born pianist, conductor and composer Alexander Tcherepnin moved with his father to Tbilisi in 1918 and in 1921 to Paris. His subsequent career took him to China and Japan; then, in the years after the war, he spent a period in America.

Orchestral Music

Tcherepnin was always open to experiment in composition. Although he remained fundamentally Russian in his writing, he devised a new synthetic scale and made use of the Chinese scale. Married to a Chinese pianist, he wrote six piano concertos and four symphonies, returning to Russian themes in his final Russian Sketches of 1971.

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