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TCHEREPNIN, Alexander (1899-1977)

COMPLETE PIANO MUSIC • 4

ENTRETIENS, OP. 46 • 12 PRELUDES, OP. 85 • 4 ROMANCES, OP. 31 • 5 CONCERT ETUDES, OP. 52, "CHINESE"


  • 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.

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

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

The son of Nikolay Tcherepnin, the Russian-born pianist, conductor and composer Alexander Tcherepnin moved with his father to Tbilisi in 1918 and in 1921 to Paris. His subsequent career took him to China and Japan; then, in the years after the war, he spent a period in America.

Orchestral Music

Tcherepnin was always open to experiment in composition. Although he remained fundamentally Russian in his writing, he devised a new synthetic scale and made use of the Chinese scale. Married to a Chinese pianist, he wrote six piano concertos and four symphonies, returning to Russian themes in his final Russian Sketches of 1971.

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