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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

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

“…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