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TCHEREPNIN, Alexander (1899-1977)

COMPLETE PIANO MUSIC • 8

MUSIC FOR CHILDREN


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

This eighth and final volume of the complete Tcherepnin piano music series is devoted to music for children. It ranges from the optimistic Sunny Day from 1915, which the composer found and copied out on the day he died, and the vibrant Episodes, which he brought with him to Paris when exiled from Russia, to the devotional beauties of Histoire de la Petite Thérèse. Alternating the wistful with the highly energetic, the three Suites, Op. 51 explore the possibilities offered by Chinese musical tradition.

Tracklist

 
Pour Petits et Grands, Op. 65 (1940) (00:13:17 )
1
I. La Diligente * (00:01:06)
2
II. Le Farceur * (00:00:39)
3
III. La Melodieuse * (00:00:39)
4
IV. Les Contrastes * (00:00:49)
5
V. Les Cloches Tristes * (00:01:44)
6
VI. La Babillarde * (00:00:34)
7
VII. L'Affligee * (00:01:39)
8
VIII. L'Iberienne * (00:00:45)
9
IX. La Perseverante * (00:01:10)
10
X. La Devouee * (00:01:30)
11
XI. Les Plaisirs du Toutou * (00:01:10)
12
XII. La Belle au Bois Dormant * (00:01:32)
 
Histoire de la Petite Therese de l'Enfant-Jesus, Op. 36b (1925) (00:09:35 )
13
I. Naissance * (00:00:30)
14
II. Bapteme * (00:00:27)
15
III. Sourire de la Sainte Vierge * (00:00:37)
16
IV. Premiere Communion * (00:00:44)
17
V. Confirmation * (00:00:42)
18
VI. Conversion * (00:00:49)
19
VII. Audience de Leon XII * (00:00:43)
20
VIII. Entree au Carmel * (00:00:52)
21
IX. Notre Grande Richesse * (00:00:51)
22
X. Prise d'Habit * (00:01:11)
23
XI. Profession * (00:00:50)
24
XII. Prise de Voile * (00:00:23)
25
XIII. Offrande de Moi-meme * (00:00:56)
 
Episodes (Priskaski) (1920) (00:10:26 )
26
I. Chanson * (00:00:41)
27
II. Moment Musical * (00:00:43)
28
III. Humoresque * (00:00:37)
29
IV. Feuillet d'Album * (00:00:45)
30
V. Scherzando * (00:00:54)
31
VI. Berceuse Georgienne * (00:00:44)
32
VII. Danse lente Armenienne * (00:01:11)
33
VIII. Papillon * (00:00:43)
34
IX. Jeux * (00:01:09)
35
X. Petite Gavotte * (00:01:31)
36
XI. Fantoche * (00:00:24)
37
XII. Capriccio * (00:01:05)
 
Etude du Piano sur la Gamme Pentatonique: Suite No. 1, Op. 51, No. 1 (1934) (00:02:23 )
38
I. Melodie * (00:00:20)
39
II. Valse * (00:00:17)
40
III. Chanson des Marins * (00:00:13)
41
IV. Fox-trot * (00:00:22)
42
V. Chanson sans Paroles * (00:00:18)
43
VI. Procession des Moines * (00:00:32)
44
VII. Kermesse Villageoise * (00:00:21)
 
Etude du Piano sur la Gamme Pentatonique: Suite No. 2, Op. 51, No. 2 (1934) (00:04:06 )
45
I. Vivace * (00:01:13)
46
II. Moderato * (00:00:24)
47
III. Allegro molto * (00:00:24)
48
IV. Andantino * (00:00:23)
49
V. Allegretto * (00:00:33)
50
VI. Presto * (00:00:29)
51
VII. Maestoso * (00:00:40)
 
Etude du Piano sur la Gamme Pentatonique: Bagatelles Chinoises, Op. 51, No. 3 (1935) (00:09:42 )
52
I. Allegro * (00:00:49)
53
II. Allegro moderato * (00:00:49)
54
III. Allegro marciale * (00:00:36)
55
IV. Allegro non troppo * (00:00:33)
56
V. Animato * (00:00:25)
57
VI. Lento * (00:01:33)
58
VII. Allegretto * (00:00:40)
59
VIII. Andantino * (00:01:12)
60
IX. Moderato * (00:00:42)
61
X. Vivace * (00:00:46)
62
XI. Allegro * (00:00:31)
63
XII. Moderato * (00:01:16)
 
17 Piano Pieces for Beginners (1957) (00:08:54 )
64
No. 1. March * (00:00:21)
65
No. 2. Joy and Tears * (00:00:24)
66
No. 3. Relays * (00:00:16)
67
No. 4. Melody * (00:00:19)
68
No. 5. To and Fro * (00:00:23)
69
No. 6. Chimes * (00:00:30)
70
No. 7. Prelude * (00:00:38)
71
No. 8. The Clock * (00:00:22)
72
No. 9. Hide and Seek * (00:00:17)
73
No. 10. Valse * (00:00:45)
74
No. 11. Merry-go-round * (00:00:41)
75
No. 12. Old Tale * (00:00:52)
76
No. 13. Escapade * (00:00:27)
77
No. 14. Frolics * (00:00:24)
78
No. 15. Ivan's Accordion * (00:00:55)
79
No. 16. Happy Stowaway * (00:00:36)
80
No. 17. Mic and Mac * (00:00:45)
81
Celebration (1976) * (00:00:24)
82
Indian Trail (1976) * (00:00:26)
83
Sunny Day, "Forgotten Bagatelle" (1915) (00:01:05)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:00:30

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

“Taking us through this musical journey Giorgio Koukl has demonstrated his prowess as a pianist from the most demanding pieces to the most delicately tiny fragment.” – MusicWeb International