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LOURIÉ, Arthur Vincent (1891-1966)

COMPLETE PIANO WORKS • 1


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

The first volume devoted to Arthur Vincent Lourié’s piano music traces his journey from the Debussian Impressionism of his youthful Cinq Préludes fragile, Op. 1 through absorption of Scriabin’s chromaticism in the eerie Masques (Tentations) of 1913 to the near-Cubism of Formes en l’air. Though lauded – or derided – as a pioneering Futurist, his post-Revolutionary writing in France embraced a nostalgic Neo-Classicism represented by the blithe Petite Suite en Fa.

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Tracklist

 
5 Préludes fragiles, Op. 1 (1910) (00:11:00 )
1
Prelude No. 1: Lento (00:01:50)
2
Prelude No. 2: Calme, pas vite (00:01:59)
3
Prelude No. 3: Tendre, pensif (00:01:58)
4
Prelude No. 4: Affabile (00:01:25)
5
Prelude No. 5: Modéré (00:02:51)
 
2 Estampes, Op. 2 (1910) (00:08:00 )
6
No. 1. Crépuscule d’un faune (00:04:23)
7
No. 2. 'Les parfums, les couleurs et les sons se répondent' (00:03:39)
 
2 Mazurkas, Op. 7 (1912) (00:05:00 )
8
No. 1. Lent, languide (00:02:01)
9
No. 2. Essor (00:03:00)
 
4 Poèmes, Op. 10 (1913) (00:10:00 )
10
No. 1. Spleen (00:03:28)
11
No. 2. Caprices (00:02:32)
12
No. 3. Autoportrait (00:02:35)
13
No. 4. Ironies (00:01:46)
 
Formes en l'air (1915) (00:10:00 )
14
No. 1. — (00:01:59)
15
No. 2. — (00:02:13)
16
No. 3. — (00:02:35)
 
Masques (1913) (00:19:00 )
17
No. 1. Nuagè, suave (00:03:20)
18
No. 2. Caché, avec une ironie suave (00:01:07)
19
No. 3. Avec une grâce fragile (00:02:16)
20
No. 4. Dans une mystère profonde et calme (00:01:39)
21
No. 5. Etrange, charmé (00:01:26)
22
No. 6. Très lent, calme (Mouvement d'un marche funèbre) (00:02:55)
23
No. 7. Pâmé, avec désir croissant (00:01:28)
24
Upmann, a Smoking Sketch (1919) (00:03:11)
 
Petite Suite in F Major (1924) (00:03:00 )
25
I. — * (00:00:41)
26
II. — * (00:01:08)
27
III. — * (00:00:34)
28
IV. — * (00:00:53)
29
Dialogue (1930s) * (00:03:56)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:04:48

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 composer Artur Lourié (1892–1966) enjoyed an eventful career in pre-war Russia, through the early years of the Soviet Union then Paris between the wars, before settling in New York. Often (unfairly) seen as an epigone of Stravinsky, his mercurial character is to the fore in The Mime (1956), dedicated to Charles Chaplin.

— Richard Whitehouse

Reviews

“This is a wonderful album and one highly recommended for its unusual content, splendidly played and recorded.” – The Art Music Lounge

“…a recording of demonstration quality, and a pianist totally in tune with the music. Fascinating…” – American Record Guide

“…blessed hands…the best possible advocate for the exciting sound travel into the inner world of piano…” – Piano News

“An exciting composer, exciting repertoire, marvellously performed. Recording, layout and packaging are equally flawless. What can one other say than: Recommended.” – www.klassik.com

“We should thank our lucky stars that people like Giorgio Koukl are sufficiently motivated to pursue these searches with such determined zeal and this coupled with his luminous playing makes this disc a superb place to begin to fire up one’s interest in such a musically fascinating find.” – MusicWeb International

“The precision of his fingers is always a delight when listening to Giorgio Koukl, and he proves a compelling Lourie champion. ” – David Denton