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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 Written during the last decade of the composer’s life, the mostly unknown and unpublished Twelve Pieces contain evocative scenes of childhood, while Opivochki or “Little Leftovers” are among his last works.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(s)

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(s)

Alexander began playing piano and composing at an early age. By his late teens he had composed several hundred pieces, thirteen piano sonatas among them. For a more extensive biography of Alexander Tcherepnin, and information about his works and compositional techniques, visit the Tcherepnin Society website at www.tcherepnin.com.

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