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TCHEREPNIN, Alexander (1899-1977)

COMPLETE PIANO MUSIC • 6

SONGS WITHOUT WORDS, OP. 82 • CHANT ET REFRAIN, OP. 66 • LE MONDE EN VITRINE, OP. 75 • LA QUATRIÈME • 2 NOVELETTES, OP. 19 • PRAYER • RONDO À LA RUSSE • SLAVIC TRANSCRIPTIONS, OP. 27


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

Selected from particularly fertile and contrasting periods of Tcherepnin’s career, these works include a remarkable version of the Volga Boatman’s Song in the bravura Slavic Transcriptions, and the vividly imaginative Le monde en vitrine influenced by Stravinsky. Song and Refrain combines beautiful melody with rhythmic freedom, while Rondo à la Russe is a three-minute gem.

Tracklist

 
Songs without Words, Op. 82 (1953) (00:11:00 )
1
No. 1. Elegy (00:02:01)
2
No. 2. Rondel (00:01:51)
3
No. 3. Enigma (00:02:34)
4
No. 4. The Juggler (00:01:05)
5
No. 5. Hymn to Our Lady (00:02:42)
 
Chant et Refrain, Op. 66 (1940) (00:04:44 )
6
Chant (00:03:02)
7
Refrain (00:02:32)
 
Le Monde en Vitrine, Op. 75 (1946) (00:11:03 )
8
I. The Greyhounds and the Cow (00:01:58)
9
II. Crabs (00:02:11)
10
III. The Frog (00:01:48)
11
IV. The Weasel (00:02:04)
12
V. The Deer (00:03:02)
13
La Quatrieme (1849) (00:03:01)
 
2 Novelettes, Op. 19 (1922) (00:08:59 )
14
Novelette No. 1 * (00:05:01)
15
Novelette No. 2 * (00:04:41)
16
Prayer () * (00:02:35)
17
Rondo a la Russe (1946) (00:03:06)
 
Slavic Transcriptions, Op. 27 (1924) (00:15:58 )
18
No. 1. Les Bateliers du Volga * (00:05:35)
19
No. 2. Chanson pour la Cherie * (00:03:40)
20
No. 3. Chanson Grandrussienne * (00:02:04)
21
No. 4. Le Long du Volga * (00:02:26)
22
No. 5. Chanson Tcheque * (00:02:19)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:01:18

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

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“From delightful childlike pieces to full blown turbulence to pieces that display nostalgia and regret, it has been one of the most satisfying musical journeys I’ve ever been on.” – MusicWeb International