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TCHEREPNIN, Alexander (1899-1977)

COMPLETE PIANO MUSIC • 3


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

Giorgio Koukl’s survey of Tcherepnin’s inventive piano music continues with two 1950s collections that reflect a synthesis of his earlier technical and expressive innovations – the virtuosic Eight Pieces and the beguiling Expressions. These two cycles bracket a varied group of scores, from the youthful Feuilles libres through the restrained lyricism of the Préludes, and the quirky modernism of the Intermezzo and Tanz, to the relaxed songfulness of the Etudes, written following a concert tour of the Far East.

Tracklist

 
8 Pieces, Op. 88 (1955) (00:14:47 )
1
No. 1. Meditation (00:02:33)
2
No. 2. Intermezzo (00:01:13)
3
No. 3. Reverie (00:02:29)
4
No. 4. Impromptu (00:01:12)
5
No. 5. Invocation (00:01:34)
6
No. 6. The Chase (00:01:41)
7
No. 7. Etude (00:00:35)
8
No. 8. Burlesque (00:02:34)
 
Feuilles libres, Op. 10 (1920) (00:07:29 )
9
I. Grave * (00:01:59)
10
II. Avec douleur * (00:02:31)
11
III. Excite * (00:00:47)
12
IV. Lent avec tristesse * (00:02:15)
 
4 Nostalgic Preludes, Op. 23 (1922) (00:06:02 )
13
No. 1. Lento (00:02:15)
14
No. 2. Allegretto (00:00:36)
15
No. 3. Tempestoso (00:00:46)
16
No. 4. Con dolore (00:02:30)
 
4 Preludes, Op. 24 (1923) (00:04:58 )
17
No. 1. Giocoso * (00:01:26)
18
No. 2. Adagio * (00:00:50)
19
No. 3. Allegretto * (00:00:45)
20
No. 4. Allegro * (00:01:57)
21
Intermezzo, Op. 33a (1926) * (00:01:59)
22
Tanz (Dance), Op. posth. (1928) * (00:01:32)
 
7 Etudes, Op. 56 (1938) (00:11:09 )
23
No. 1. Moderato (00:01:33)
24
No. 2. Allegro (00:00:51)
25
No. 3. Allegro marciale (00:01:28)
26
No. 4. Allegro (00:01:46)
27
No. 5. Allegro risoluto (00:01:13)
28
No. 6. Allegro moderato (00:01:37)
29
No. 7. Andantino (00:02:44)
 
Expressions, Op. 81 (1951) (00:15:00 )
30
I. Entrance (00:00:52)
31
II. The Hour of Death (00:02:17)
32
III. Caprice (00:01:03)
33
IV. Silly Story of the White Oxen (00:00:45)
34
V. Thief in the Night (00:00:51)
35
VI. At the Fair (00:01:14)
36
VII. Barcarole (00:01:50)
37
VIII. Blind Man's Buff (00:00:42)
38
IX. At Dawn (00:01:26)
39
X. Exit (00:00:53)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:59:04

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

MusicWeb International

“Giorgio Koukl establishes himself as the perfect vehicle through which this superb composer finds a voice that shows his brilliance to the greatest effect.” – MusicWeb International