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TCHEREPNIN, ALEXANDER (1899–1977)

COMPLETE PIANO MUSIC • 6

SONGS WITHOUT WORDS, OP. 82 • CHANT ET REFRAIN, OP. 66 • LE MONDE EN VITRINE, OP. 75 • LA QUATRIÈME • 2 NOVELETTES, OP. 19 • PRAYER • RONDO À LA RUSSE • SLAVIC TRANSCRIPTIONS, OP. 27


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

Selected from particularly fertile and contrasting periods of Tcherepnin’s career, these works include a remarkable version of the Volga Boatman’s Song in the bravura Slavic Transcriptions, and the vividly imaginative Le monde en vitrine influenced by Stravinsky. Song and Refrain combines beautiful melody with rhythmic freedom, while Rondo à la Russe is a three-minute gem.

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

Tracklist

 
Songs without Words, Op. 82 (1953) (00:11:00 )
1
No. 1. Elegy (00:02:01)
2
No. 2. Rondel (00:01:51)
3
No. 3. Enigma (00:02:34)
4
No. 4. The Juggler (00:01:05)
5
No. 5. Hymn to Our Lady (00:02:42)
 
Chant et Refrain, Op. 66 (1940) (00:04:44 )
6
Chant (00:03:02)
7
Refrain (00:02:32)
 
Le Monde en Vitrine, Op. 75 (1946) (00:11:03 )
8
I. The Greyhounds and the Cow (00:01:58)
9
II. Crabs (00:02:11)
10
III. The Frog (00:01:48)
11
IV. The Weasel (00:02:04)
12
V. The Deer (00:03:02)
13
La Quatriéme (1849) (00:03:01)
 
2 Novelettes, Op. 19 (1922) (00:08:59 )
14
Novelette No. 1 * (00:05:01)
15
Novelette No. 2 * (00:04:41)
16
Prayer () * (00:02:35)
17
Rondo a la Russe (1946) (00:03:06)
 
Slavic Transcriptions, Op. 27 (1924) (00:15:58 )
18
No. 1. Les Bateliers du Volga * (00:05:35)
19
No. 2. Chanson pour la Chérie * (00:03:40)
20
No. 3. Chanson Grandrussienne * (00:02:04)
21
No. 4. Le Long du Volga * (00:02:26)
22
No. 5. Chanson Tchéque * (00:02:19)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:01:18

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

MusicWeb International

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