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TCHEREPNIN, Alexander (1899-1977)

COMPLETE PIANO MUSIC • 5

8 PRELUDES, OP. 9 • ARABESQUES, OP. 11 • 12 PIECES • OPIVOCHKI, OP. 109


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

Volume 5 of Alexander Tcherepnin’s complete piano music focuses on miniatures written at both ends of his career. The Eight Preludes, nicknamed the “little fleas” on account of their frequent leaps, and the exotic Arabesques were among the pieces the young composer brought to Paris from Tiblisi in his suitcase. Written during the last decade of the composer’s life, the mostly unknown and unpublished Twelve Pieces contain evocative scenes of childhood, while Opivochki or “Little Leftovers” are among his last works.

Tracklist

 
8 Preludes, Op. 9 (1920) (00:08:32 )
1
No. 1. Moderato (00:01:22)
2
No. 2. Lent (00:01:43)
3
No. 3. Rubato (00:00:40)
4
No. 4. Sostenuto (00:00:57)
5
No. 5. Lento (00:01:07)
6
No. 6. Agitato (00:00:51)
7
No. 7. Rubato (00:00:45)
8
No. 8. Sostenuto tranquillo (00:01:03)
 
Arabesques, Op. 11 (1921) (00:05:23 )
9
No. 1. Andantino (00:01:38)
10
No. 2. Allegro vivo (00:01:27)
11
No. 3. Allegretto (00:00:57)
12
No. 4. Presto (00:01:20)
 
12 Pieces (1969) (00:09:57 )
13
No. 1. Moderato * (00:00:55)
14
No. 2. Lento * (00:00:38)
15
No. 3. Animato * (00:00:41)
16
No. 4. Agitato - No. 5. — * (00:01:10)
17
No. 6. Molto animato * (00:00:46)
18
No. 7. Lento * (00:01:15)
19
No. 8. En allant * (00:01:23)
20
No. 9. — * (00:00:32)
21
No. 10. Lento * (00:01:10)
22
No. 11. Ascension * (00:00:53)
23
No. 12. Jeu de cubes * (00:00:31)
 
Opivochki, Op. 109 (1977) (00:30:55 )
24
No. 1. Lento * (00:00:49)
25
No. 2. Moderato * (00:00:29)
26
No. 3. Slowly * (00:01:19)
27
No. 4. Very slowly * (00:01:09)
28
No. 5. — * (00:00:46)
29
No. 6. For the beginning of a merry Pickwick overture * (00:00:21)
30
No. 7. — * (00:00:26)
31
No. 8. So sad at heart * (00:00:54)
32
No. 9. Animato * (00:00:21)
33
No. 10. — * (00:00:53)
34
No. 11. — * (00:00:42)
35
No. 12. — * (00:00:23)
36
No. 13. — * (00:00:37)
37
No. 14. — * (00:00:42)
38
No. 15. — * (00:00:47)
39
No. 16. — * (00:00:48)
40
No. 17. Animato * (00:00:54)
41
No. 18. Recitando * (00:00:53)
42
No. 19. — * (00:00:25)
43
No. 20. — * (00:01:02)
44
No. 21. — * (00:00:52)
45
No. 22. Lento * (00:01:14)
46
No. 23. Mesto * (00:00:47)
47
No. 24. — * (00:01:04)
48
No. 25. Lento * (00:01:30)
49
No. 26. Lento * (00:00:43)
50
No. 27. Andantino * (00:00:22)
51
No. 28. — * (00:00:20)
52
No. 29. En allant * (00:00:39)
53
No. 30. Animato * (00:00:27)
54
No. 31. Moderato * (00:00:31)
55
No. 32. Left hand * (00:00:54)
56
No. 33. Lento * (00:00:20)
57
No. 34. — * (00:00:41)
58
No. 35. — * (00:01:12)
59
No. 36. Grave * (00:01:58)
60
No. 37. Lento * (00:00:41)
61
No. 38. Lento * (00:00:27)
62
No. 39. — * (00:01:17)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:54:23

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

“If anyone who doesn’t know Tcherepnin’s music hears this disc they will find themselves completely captivated and will want to own the entire set.” – MusicWeb International