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Complete Piano Music • 2

  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

From an artistic family, whose own father had been a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer, pianist and conductor Alexander Tcherepnin had written music from a very young age. An exile from his native country in 1921, he was later based in Paris and the United States where he continued to write music in every genre. Concentrating on his early piano works, this disc shows how Alexander Tcherepnin’s mastery of the miniature was allied to huge imagination. The Pieces sans titres, Op. 7 are richly characterised gems and the Petite Suite, Op. 6 teems with resourceful vitality. By the time of Message, Op. 39, composed in 1926, and one of his masterpieces, he had developed an arrestingly dramatic approach to rhythm.

This recording was made on a modern instrument: Steinway, Model D


Sonatine romantique, Op. 4 (1918) (00:12:00 )
I. Allegro * (00:03:12)
II. Canzonetta * (00:02:11)
III. Andantino * (00:02:41)
IV. Tempestoso * (00:03:49)
Petite Suite, Op. 6 (1919) (00:10:00 )
I. Marche (00:01:23)
II. Chant sans paroles (00:01:52)
III. Berceuse (00:01:47)
IV. Scherzo (00:02:04)
V. Badinage (00:00:50)
VI. Humoresque (00:01:34)
Toccata No. 1, Op. 1 (1921) * (00:05:34)
Pieces sans titres, Op. 7 (1917) (00:09:00 )
No. 1. Allegro * (00:01:26)
No. 2. Allegretto * (00:00:53)
No. 3. Moderato * (00:01:20)
No. 4. Andantino * (00:01:17)
No. 5. Allegro molto * (00:00:45)
No. 6. Sostenuto * (00:01:07)
No. 7. Allegretto * (00:00:49)
No. 8. Impetuoso * (00:00:49)
Nocturne No. 1, Op. 2, No. 1 (1919) * (00:03:23)
Dance No. 1, Op. 2, No. 2 (1919) * (00:03:39)
Nocturne No. 2, Op. 8, No. 1 (1919) * (00:03:55)
Dance No. 2, Op. 8, No. 2 (1919) * (00:03:23)
Scherzo, Op. 3 (1917) (00:03:36)
Message, Op. 39 (1926) * (00:09:35)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:02:54

The Artist(s)

Giorgio Koukl 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 Stanislas Neuhaus, and with Rudolf Firkušný, friend and advocate of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů. It was through Firkušný that Koukl first encountered Martinů‘s music, prompting him to search out his compatriot’s solo piano works. Since then he has developed these into an important part of his concert repertoire and is now considered one of the world’s leading interpreters of Martinů‘s piano music, having recorded that composer’s complete solo piano music, together with five discs of Martinů‘s vocal music and two discs of his piano concertos. As a logical continuation of this work, Koukl has recorded the complete solo piano works of Paul Le Flem, Alexander Tcherepnin, Arthur Lourié, Vítězslava Kaprálová, Witold Lutosławski, and, more recently, Alexandre Tansman, Tibor Harsányi and Alfons Szczerbiński.

The Composer(s)

Alexander began playing piano and composing at an early age. By his late teens he had composed several hundred pieces, thirteen piano sonatas among them. For a more extensive biography of Alexander Tcherepnin, and information about his works and compositional techniques, visit the Tcherepnin Society website at www.tcherepnin.com.



“Giorgio Koukl, true master of contrasting and powerful playing, delivers these muscled works with ease and nature and signs a reference straight away” – Classica

MusicWeb International

“Giorgio Koukl’s playing is phenomenal... This disc was a truly superb listening experience.” – MusicWeb International

BBC Music Magazine

“Focusing on Tcherepnin’s early years, this volume contains some super music. The performances are committed and energetic.” – BBC Music Magazine

“Koukl proves himself a most sympathetic advocate for Tcherepnin’s music, whether on a small or large scale.” – International Piano

“I repeat my previous comments on the impeccable clarity of Giorgio Koukl’s playing and the beautiful natural piano sound of this Swiss recording that I much enjoyed in the first release.” – David Denton