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HARSÁNYI, TIBOR (1898–1954)

Complete Piano Works • 3

  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

Tibor Harsányi, a student of Zoltán Kodály at the Budapest Conservatory, lived in France from 1923 where he became one of the leading expatriate composers to form the group known as L’École de Paris. As the 4 Morceaux show, his piano music is notable for its variety of character and genre. The Piano Sonata reveals his enthusiasm for dance rhythms and for joyful lyricism as well as quietly sombre elements, while the Burlesques flirt with jazz. The Piano Suite conjures up a vivid series of atmospheres in a work that is songlike, dissonant and ambient.

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


Piano Sonata (1926) (00:13:00 )
I. Molto agitato (00:03:53)
II. Lento (00:02:36)
III. Allegretto scherzando (00:02:27)
IV. Allegro giocoso (00:03:46)
4 Morceaux (1924) (00:16:00 )
No. 1. Prélude (00:02:40)
No. 2. Serenade (00:07:30)
No. 3. Air (00:02:39)
No. 4. Danse (00:03:31)
Petite Suite pour Enfants (1923) (00:11:00 )
I. Prélude (00:02:01)
II. Valsette (00:03:55)
III. Minuetto (00:02:21)
IV. Marche (00:03:02)
Piano Suite (1930) (00:08:00 )
I. Prélude (00:02:13)
II. Romance (00:02:20)
III. Intermezzo (00:01:55)
IV. Nocturne (00:01:27)
Parc d'Attractions Expo 1937: Le Tourbillon Mécanique (1937) (00:03:33)
2 Burlesques (1927) (00:05:00 )
No. 1. Con brio (00:02:34)
No. 2. Animato (00:02:33)
Novellette (1925) (00:06:34)
Rhapsodie for Piano (1924) (00:05:51)
3 Impromptus (1952) (00:10:00 )
No. 1. Mouvement (00:03:18)
No. 2. Flânerie (00:04:12)
No. 3. Nocturne (00:02:31)
Total Time: 01:19:22

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)

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.


“The recording is wonderfully bright and the technician Lukas Fröhlich deserves credit for ensuring that the piano sounds so beautifully responsive to Koukl’s magic touch, as does engineer Michael Rast. Both of them have ensured the continuity of sound quality from the Steinway Model D over all three discs. The teamwork between these three - pianist, engineer and technician - is key in the production of an enjoyable disc, so thanks to them all.” – MusicWeb International