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TCHEREPNIN, Alexander (1899-1977)

COMPLETE PIANO MUSIC • 2


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

From an artistic family, whose own father had been a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer, pianist and conductor Alexander Tcherepnin had written music from a very young age. An exile from his native country in 1921, he was later based in Paris and the United States where he continued to write music in every genre. Concentrating on his early piano works, this disc shows how Alexander Tcherepnin’s mastery of the miniature was allied to huge imagination. The Pieces sans titres, Op. 7 are richly characterised gems and the Petite Suite, Op. 6 teems with resourceful vitality. By the time of Message, Op. 39, composed in 1926, and one of his masterpieces, he had developed an arrestingly dramatic approach to rhythm.

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Tracklist

 
Sonatine romantique, Op. 4 (1918) (00:12:00 )
1
I. Allegro * (00:03:12)
2
II. Canzonetta * (00:02:11)
3
III. Andantino * (00:02:41)
4
IV. Tempestoso * (00:03:49)
 
Petite Suite, Op. 6 (1919) (00:10:00 )
5
I. Marche (00:01:23)
6
II. Chant sans paroles (00:01:52)
7
III. Berceuse (00:01:47)
8
IV. Scherzo (00:02:04)
9
V. Badinage (00:00:50)
10
VI. Humoresque (00:01:34)
11
Toccata No. 1, Op. 1 (1921) * (00:05:34)
 
Pieces sans titres, Op. 7 (1917) (00:09:00 )
12
No. 1. Allegro * (00:01:26)
13
No. 2. Allegretto * (00:00:53)
14
No. 3. Moderato * (00:01:20)
15
No. 4. Andantino * (00:01:17)
16
No. 5. Allegro molto * (00:00:45)
17
No. 6. Sostenuto * (00:01:07)
18
No. 7. Allegretto * (00:00:49)
19
No. 8. Impetuoso * (00:00:49)
20
Nocturne No. 1, Op. 2, No. 1 (1919) * (00:03:23)
21
Dance No. 1, Op. 2, No. 2 (1919) * (00:03:39)
22
Nocturne No. 2, Op. 8, No. 1 (1919) * (00:03:55)
23
Dance No. 2, Op. 8, No. 2 (1919) * (00:03:23)
24
Scherzo, Op. 3 (1917) (00:03:36)
25
Message, Op. 39 (1926) * (00:09:35)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:02:54

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

Classica

“Giorgio Koukl, true master of contrasting and powerful playing, delivers these muscled works with ease and nature and signs a reference straight away” – Classica

MusicWeb International

“Giorgio Koukl’s playing is phenomenal... This disc was a truly superb listening experience.” – MusicWeb International

BBC Music Magazine

“Focusing on Tcherepnin’s early years, this volume contains some super music. The performances are committed and energetic.” – BBC Music Magazine

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

“I repeat my previous comments on the impeccable clarity of Giorgio Koukl’s playing and the beautiful natural piano sound of this Swiss recording that I much enjoyed in the first release.” – David Denton