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TCHEREPNIN, ALEXANDER (1899–1977)

Complete Piano Music • 4


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

Drawn from different parts of Tcherepnin’s life, the Entretiens display distinct cinematic qualities. With their exhaustive range of expression the Twelve Preludes vividly demonstrate the multi-faceted genius of their composer. The Romances contrast tenderness and warmth with unsettling moods and the Five Concert Etudes show an infatuation with all things Chinese.

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

Tracklist

 
Entretiens, Op. 46 (1930) (00:12:12 )
1
No. 1. Lento (00:01:30)
2
No. 2. Animato (00:00:31)
3
No. 3. Moderato (00:01:45)
4
No. 4. Allegretto (00:01:15)
5
No. 5. Recitando (00:00:26)
6
No. 6. Animato (00:00:49)
7
No. 7. Moderato (00:01:11)
8
No. 8. Animato (00:00:58)
9
No. 9. Grave (00:02:29)
10
No. 10. Allegretto (00:01:07)
 
12 Preludes, Op. 85 (1953) (00:25:00 )
11
No. 1. Adagio (00:02:56)
12
No. 2. Animato (00:02:05)
13
No. 3. Lento (00:02:09)
14
No. 4. Allegro (00:01:25)
15
No. 5. Allegretto (00:01:29)
16
No. 6. Lento recitando (00:01:23)
17
No. 7. Animato (00:01:05)
18
No. 8. Mesto (00:03:20)
19
No. 9. Allegro (00:01:22)
20
No. 10. Lento marciale (00:01:23)
21
No. 11. Agitato (00:01:52)
22
No. 12. Lento (00:01:40)
 
4 Romances, Op. 31 (1924) (00:08:00 )
23
No. 1. Lento * (00:01:47)
24
No. 2. Tempo risoluto * (00:01:49)
25
No. 3. Allegro * (00:02:06)
26
No. 4. Andantino * (00:01:56)
 
5 Concert Études, Op. 52, "Chinese" (1936) (00:16:00 )
27
No. 1. Shadow Play (00:03:09)
28
No. 2. The Lute (00:03:35)
29
No. 3. Homage to China (00:02:32)
30
No. 4. Punch and Judy (00:02:04)
31
No. 5. Chant (00:04:53)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:58:01

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.

Reviews

“I look forward to completing this marvelous series and couldn’t ask for a more qualified pianist than Koukl.” – American Record Guide

“This is another adorable disc of scintillating music brilliantly played and cannot be praised highly enough.” – MusicWeb International