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TCHEREPNIN, Alexander (1899-1977)

COMPLETE PIANO MUSIC • 4

ENTRETIENS, OP. 46 • 12 PRELUDES, OP. 85 • 4 ROMANCES, OP. 31 • 5 CONCERT ETUDES, OP. 52, "CHINESE"


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

Drawn from different parts of Tcherepnin’s life, the Entretiens display distinct cinematic qualities. With their exhaustive range of expression the Twelve Preludes vividly demonstrate the multi-faceted genius of their composer. The Romances contrast tenderness and warmth with unsettling moods and the Five Concert Etudes show an infatuation with all things Chinese.

Tracklist

 
Entretiens, Op. 46 (1930) (00:12:12 )
1
No. 1. Lento (00:01:30)
2
No. 2. Animato (00:00:31)
3
No. 3. Moderato (00:01:45)
4
No. 4. Allegretto (00:01:15)
5
No. 5. Recitando (00:00:26)
6
No. 6. Animato (00:00:49)
7
No. 7. Moderato (00:01:11)
8
No. 8. Animato (00:00:58)
9
No. 9. Grave (00:02:29)
10
No. 10. Allegretto (00:01:07)
 
12 Preludes, Op. 85 (1953) (00:25:00 )
11
No. 1. Adagio (00:02:56)
12
No. 2. Animato (00:02:05)
13
No. 3. Lento (00:02:09)
14
No. 4. Allegro (00:01:25)
15
No. 5. Allegretto (00:01:29)
16
No. 6. Lento recitando (00:01:23)
17
No. 7. Animato (00:01:05)
18
No. 8. Mesto (00:03:20)
19
No. 9. Allegro (00:01:22)
20
No. 10. Lento marciale (00:01:23)
21
No. 11. Agitato (00:01:52)
22
No. 12. Lento (00:01:40)
 
4 Romances, Op. 31 (1924) (00:08:00 )
23
No. 1. Lento * (00:01:47)
24
No. 2. Tempo risoluto * (00:01:49)
25
No. 3. Allegro * (00:02:06)
26
No. 4. Andantino * (00:01:56)
 
5 Concert Études, Op. 52, "Chinese" (1936) (00:16:00 )
27
No. 1. Shadow Play (00:03:09)
28
No. 2. The Lute (00:03:35)
29
No. 3. Homage to China (00:02:32)
30
No. 4. Punch and Judy (00:02:04)
31
No. 5. Chant (00:04:53)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:58:01

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

“I look forward to completing this marvelous series and couldn’t ask for a more qualified pianist than Koukl.” – American Record Guide

“This is another adorable disc of scintillating music brilliantly played and cannot be praised highly enough.” – MusicWeb International