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LOURIÉ, Arthur Vincent (1891-1966)

COMPLETE PIANO WORKS • 2


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

The second volume in Giorgio Koukl’s complete survey of Arthur Vincent Lourié’s piano music spans the years 1912 to 1938. In that time the Belarus-born composer embraced extended tonality in Deux Poèmes, Op. 8, huge Scriabinesque chords in Synthèses, Op. 16 and forward-looking harmonic astringency in the Sonatina No. 3. His post-Revolutionary Paris years are represented by a sequence of characterful miniatures.

Tracklist

 
2 Poèmes, Op. 8 (1912) (00:12:00 )
1
No. 1. Essor (00:02:05)
2
No. 2. Ivresse (00:05:16)
3
Menuett nach Gluck (1914) (00:03:19)
 
Sintezï (Synthèses), Op. 16 (1914) (00:11:00 )
4
No. 1. Lent (00:01:31)
5
No. 2. Modérément animé (00:01:36)
6
No. 3. Vite (aigu) (00:01:47)
7
No. 4. Assez vite, mais toujours mesuré (00:01:15)
8
No. 5. Mesuré (00:00:59)
 
Dnevnoy uzor (Daytime Routine) (1915) (00:11:00 )
9
No. 1. Étude (Study) (00:01:10)
10
No. 2. Promenade (Walk) (00:03:18)
11
No. 3. Ombres (Shadows) (00:02:51)
12
No. 4. Sorcellerie (Sorcery) (00:02:20)
13
No. 5. Polissonerie (Mischievousness) (00:01:50)
 
Rojal' v detskoj (8 Scenes of Russian Childhood) (1917) (00:11:00 )
14
No. 1. The porcelain shepherd and his flock (00:01:00)
15
No. 2. Little trepak (00:01:22)
16
No. 3. A good boy (00:00:58)
17
No. 4. A naughty boy (00:01:04)
18
No. 5. Bogey man (00:01:07)
19
No. 6. Lullaby (00:02:03)
20
No. 7. Sun and shower (00:01:53)
21
No. 8. Children's song: Wlazł kotek na płotek (The Kitten Climbed on the Fence) (00:01:08)
22
Piano Sonatina No. 3 (1917) (00:03:23)
23
Toccata (1924) (00:05:08)
24
Valse (1926) (00:04:10)
25
Gigue (1927) (00:05:01)
26
Marche (1926) (00:02:30)
27
Nocturne (1928) (00:06:56)
28
Intermezzo (1928) (00:05:53)
29
Berceuse de la chevrette (1936) (00:03:19)
30
Phoenix Park Nocturne (1938) (00:05:05)
Total Time: 01:21:17

The Artist(s)

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(s)

Although Lourié studied at the St Petersburg Conservatoire, where his composition teachers included Alexander Glazunov, his main musical influence in his youth was Alexander Scriabin, whose late piano works fascinated him. He was also greatly inspired by the Futurists, and he made musical settings of verses by poets such as Anna Akhmatova (with whom he conducted a passionate affair). Vladimir Mayakovsky and Alexander Blok affected him profoundly through the eloquence of their writing and the allure of their political views, which appealed to Lourié’s own radical disposition. He fully espoused the idea of transforming human consciousness through the kind of spiritual revolution that was the hallmark of the Russian Symbolists.

Reviews

“…an absolutely splendid recital and a worthy successor to Vol. 1. Lourié’s music will hold your attention not just because it’s so good but also because it’s so varied in mood and character.” – The Art Music Lounge