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TCHEREPNIN, Alexander (1899-1977)

COMPLETE PIANO MUSIC • 7


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

Ranging widely over Tcherepnin’s compositional life, Volume 7 includes early, unpublished works such as the Étude de concert, Old St Petersburg and the Ballade, which have been made available especially for this recording. The ultra-virtuosic Toccata No. 2 dates from 1922 whilst shorter, lighter pieces such as the Polka were written during the German Occupation of Paris.

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Tracklist

 
Voeux (Wishes), Op. 39b (1926) (00:09:56 )
1
I. Pour mon Saint (00:00:55)
2
II. Pour ma famille (00:01:22)
3
III. Pour le Sentiment (00:02:07)
4
IV. Pour le Bonheur Bourgeois (00:01:12)
5
V. Pour le travail (00:01:54)
6
VI. Pour la Vie (00:01:43)
7
VII. Pour la Paix en Orient (00:00:45)
8
Polka (version for piano) (1944) (00:01:53)
9
Etude de concert (1920) * (00:04:10)
10
Canzona, Op. 28 (1924) (00:03:25)
11
Autour des Montagnes Russes (Riding the Roller Coaster) (1937) (00:03:28)
12
Toccata No. 2, Op. 20 (1922) (00:08:07)
13
Pastoral (1955) * (00:01:44)
14
Canon, Op. posth. (version for piano) (1924) * (00:02:44)
15
Dialogue (1952) * (00:04:03)
16
Old St. Petersburg (ca. 1917) * (00:03:16)
17
Ballade (1917) * (00:08:57)
18
Souvenir de Voyage () * (00:02:55)
19
Badinage (1941) * (00:02:56)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:57:36

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

“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