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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Ranging widely over Tcherepnin’s compositional life, Volume 7 includes early, unpublished works such as the Étude de concert, Old St Petersburg and the Ballade, which have been made available especially for this recording.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.

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 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

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