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TCHEREPNIN, ALEXANDER (1899–1977)

Complete Piano Music • 7


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

Ranging widely over Tcherepnin’s compositional life, Volume 7 includes early, unpublished works such as the Étude de concert, Old St Petersburg and the Ballade, which have been made available especially for this recording. The ultra-virtuosic Toccata No. 2 dates from 1922 whilst shorter, lighter pieces such as the Polka were written during the German Occupation of Paris.

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

Tracklist

 
Voeux (Wishes), Op. 39b (1926) (00:09:56 )
1
I. Pour mon Saint (00:00:55)
2
II. Pour ma famille (00:01:22)
3
III. Pour le Sentiment (00:02:07)
4
IV. Pour le Bonheur Bourgeois (00:01:12)
5
V. Pour le travail (00:01:54)
6
VI. Pour la Vie (00:01:43)
7
VII. Pour la Paix en Orient (00:00:45)
8
Polka (version for piano) (1944) (00:01:53)
9
Etude de concert (1920) * (00:04:10)
10
Canzona, Op. 28 (1924) (00:03:25)
11
Autour des Montagnes Russes (Riding the Roller Coaster) (1937) (00:03:28)
12
Toccata No. 2, Op. 20 (1922) (00:08:07)
13
Pastoral (1955) * (00:01:44)
14
Canon, Op. posth. (version for piano) (1924) * (00:02:44)
15
Dialogue (1952) * (00:04:03)
16
Old St. Petersburg (ca. 1917) * (00:03:16)
17
Ballade (1917) * (00:08:57)
18
Souvenir de Voyage () * (00:02:55)
19
Badinage (1941) * (00:02:56)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:57:36

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

“From delightful childlike pieces to full blown turbulence to pieces that display nostalgia and regret, it has been one of the most satisfying musical journeys I’ve ever been on.” – MusicWeb International