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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.

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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 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

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