A treasure island of piano music — Spiegel Online
The Grand Piano label continues to uncover gems of the piano repertoire. — Fanfare

HARSÁNYI, TIBOR ((1898–1954)

Complete Piano Works • 2


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

The Hungarian-born composer Tibor Harsányi is now recognised as an important personality in ‘L’École de Paris’. He had a lifelong interest in modern dance, represented here by the Petite suite and Trois Pièces de danse, and he also embraced jazz, which was part of the Parisian atmosphere of the inter-war period, and other influences, while keeping the Central European rhythms and tonalities of his Hungarian origins. The Trois Pièces lyriques is a rare example of Harsányi expressing torment during the turbulent years of the Second World War.

Tracklist

 
3 pièces lyriques (1944) (00:14:00 )
1
No. 1. Moderato cantabile con molto espressione (00:04:05)
2
No. 2. Allegro poco agitato (00:06:07)
3
No. 3. Andante semplice (00:03:50)
 
3 pièces de danse (1928) (00:07:00 )
4
No. 1. Mouvement de Tango (00:02:22)
5
No. 2. Mouvement de Boston (00:03:30)
6
No. 3. Mouvement de Fox-trot (00:02:22)
 
Suite brève (1930) (00:08:00 )
7
I. Mouvement de Fox-trot (00:01:41)
8
II. Andante (00:01:38)
9
III. Presto (00:01:12)
10
IV. Mouvement de blue (00:01:59)
11
V. Vivace (00:01:30)
 
Petite suite de danses (1926) (00:12:00 )
12
I. Jeu (00:01:51)
13
II. Intimité (00:02:11)
14
III. Démence (00:03:00)
15
IV. Un Portrait (00:01:46)
16
V. Fête (00:03:12)
17
Étude (1952) (1929) (00:00:46)
 
Rythmes, 5 inventions pour piano (1929) (00:06:00 )
18
No. 1. Allegretto (00:01:17)
19
No. 2. Allegretto scherzando (00:00:45)
20
No. 3. Allegretto ma non troppo (00:00:57)
21
No. 4. Allegretto ritmato (00:01:37)
22
No. 5. Allegretto (00:01:09)
 
12 petites pièces (1927) (00:15:00 )
23
No. 1. Prélude (00:00:58)
24
No. 2. Valse (00:01:57)
25
No. 3. Mélodie (00:00:50)
26
No. 4. Marche (00:01:53)
27
No. 5. Danse (00:01:13)
28
No. 6. Chant (00:00:55)
29
No. 7. Gavotte (00:01:06)
30
No. 8. Forlane (00:01:35)
31
No. 9. Étude (00:00:52)
32
No. 10. Menuette (00:00:50)
33
No. 11. Berceuse (00:01:28)
34
No. 12. Danse paysanne (00:01:41)
35
Improvisation sur la chanson Je vais revoir ma Normandie () (00:02:25)
36
13 Danses: Fox-Trot (1929) (00:02:21)
37
Valse, Op. 2 () (00:03:01)
Total Time: 01:11:52

The Artist(s)

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 Stanislaus Neuhaus, and with Rudolf Firkušný, friend and advocate of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů.

The Composer(s)

Tibor Harsányi Hungarian-born pianist, composer, conductor, and musicologist Tibor Harsányi was part of the lively Paris musical scene from 1923. He was a student of Kodály in Budapest, then travelled around Europe as a performer, settling briefly in Holland, where he worked as a conductor. Harsányi was a prolific composer of chamber music, solo piano works, and songs, as well as opera and ballet.