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TCHEREPNIN, ALEXANDER (1899–1977)

Complete Piano Music • 3


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

Giorgio Koukl’s survey of Tcherepnin’s inventive piano music continues with two 1950s collections that reflect a synthesis of his earlier technical and expressive innovations – the virtuosic Eight Pieces and the beguiling Expressions. These two cycles bracket a varied group of scores, from the youthful Feuilles libres through the restrained lyricism of the Préludes, and the quirky modernism of the Intermezzo and Tanz, to the relaxed songfulness of the Etudes, written following a concert tour of the Far East.

Tracklist

 
8 Pieces, Op. 88 (1955) (00:14:47 )
1
No. 1. Meditation (00:02:33)
2
No. 2. Intermezzo (00:01:13)
3
No. 3. Reverie (00:02:29)
4
No. 4. Impromptu (00:01:12)
5
No. 5. Invocation (00:01:34)
6
No. 6. The Chase (00:01:41)
7
No. 7. Etude (00:00:35)
8
No. 8. Burlesque (00:02:34)
 
Feuilles libres, Op. 10 (1920) (00:07:29 )
9
I. Grave * (00:01:59)
10
II. Avec douleur * (00:02:31)
11
III. Excité * (00:00:47)
12
IV. Lent avec tristesse * (00:02:15)
 
4 Nostalgic Preludes, Op. 23 (1922) (00:06:02 )
13
No. 1. Lento (00:02:15)
14
No. 2. Allegretto (00:00:36)
15
No. 3. Tempestoso (00:00:46)
16
No. 4. Con dolore (00:02:30)
 
4 Preludes, Op. 24 (1923) (00:04:58 )
17
No. 1. Giocoso * (00:01:26)
18
No. 2. Adagio * (00:00:50)
19
No. 3. Allegretto * (00:00:45)
20
No. 4. Allegro * (00:01:57)
21
Intermezzo, Op. 33a (1926) * (00:01:59)
22
Tanz (Dance), Op. posth. (1928) * (00:01:32)
 
7 Etudes, Op. 56 (1938) (00:11:09 )
23
No. 1. Moderato (00:01:33)
24
No. 2. Allegro (00:00:51)
25
No. 3. Allegro marciale (00:01:28)
26
No. 4. Allegro (00:01:46)
27
No. 5. Allegro risoluto (00:01:13)
28
No. 6. Allegro moderato (00:01:37)
29
No. 7. Andantino (00:02:44)
 
Expressions, Op. 81 (1951) (00:15:00 )
30
I. Entrance (00:00:52)
31
II. The Hour of Death (00:02:17)
32
III. Caprice (00:01:03)
33
IV. Silly Story of the White Oxen (00:00:45)
34
V. Thief in the Night (00:00:51)
35
VI. At the Fair (00:01:14)
36
VII. Barcarole (00:01:50)
37
VIII. Blind Man's Buff (00:00:42)
38
IX. At Dawn (00:01:26)
39
X. Exit (00:00:53)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:59:04

The Artist(s)

 Giorgio Koukl Giorgio Koukl is a Czech pianist/harpsichordist and composer. He studied 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. 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, Vittorio Rieti and Tibor Harsányi.

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.

Reviews

“Koukl captures the darkness, and the light, of these movements expertly.” – International Piano

MusicWeb International

“Giorgio Koukl establishes himself as the perfect vehicle through which this superb composer finds a voice that shows his brilliance to the greatest effect.” – MusicWeb International