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TCHEREPNIN, Alexander (1899-1977)

COMPLETE PIANO MUSIC • 8

MUSIC FOR CHILDREN


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

This eighth and final volume of the complete Tcherepnin piano music series is devoted to music for children. It ranges from the optimistic Sunny Day from 1915, which the composer found and copied out on the day he died, and the vibrant Episodes, which he brought with him to Paris when exiled from Russia, to the devotional beauties of Histoire de la Petite Thérèse. Alternating the wistful with the highly energetic, the three Suites, Op. 51 explore the possibilities offered by Chinese musical tradition.

Tracklist

 
Pour Petits et Grands, Op. 65 (1940) (00:13:17 )
1
I. La Diligente * (00:01:06)
2
II. Le Farceur * (00:00:39)
3
III. La Melodieuse * (00:00:39)
4
IV. Les Contrastes * (00:00:49)
5
V. Les Cloches Tristes * (00:01:44)
6
VI. La Babillarde * (00:00:34)
7
VII. L'Affligee * (00:01:39)
8
VIII. L'Iberienne * (00:00:45)
9
IX. La Perseverante * (00:01:10)
10
X. La Devouee * (00:01:30)
11
XI. Les Plaisirs du Toutou * (00:01:10)
12
XII. La Belle au Bois Dormant * (00:01:32)
 
Histoire de la Petite Therese de l'Enfant-Jesus, Op. 36b (1925) (00:09:35 )
13
I. Naissance * (00:00:30)
14
II. Bapteme * (00:00:27)
15
III. Sourire de la Sainte Vierge * (00:00:37)
16
IV. Premiere Communion * (00:00:44)
17
V. Confirmation * (00:00:42)
18
VI. Conversion * (00:00:49)
19
VII. Audience de Leon XII * (00:00:43)
20
VIII. Entree au Carmel * (00:00:52)
21
IX. Notre Grande Richesse * (00:00:51)
22
X. Prise d'Habit * (00:01:11)
23
XI. Profession * (00:00:50)
24
XII. Prise de Voile * (00:00:23)
25
XIII. Offrande de Moi-meme * (00:00:56)
 
Episodes (Priskaski) (1920) (00:10:26 )
26
I. Chanson * (00:00:41)
27
II. Moment Musical * (00:00:43)
28
III. Humoresque * (00:00:37)
29
IV. Feuillet d'Album * (00:00:45)
30
V. Scherzando * (00:00:54)
31
VI. Berceuse Georgienne * (00:00:44)
32
VII. Danse lente Armenienne * (00:01:11)
33
VIII. Papillon * (00:00:43)
34
IX. Jeux * (00:01:09)
35
X. Petite Gavotte * (00:01:31)
36
XI. Fantoche * (00:00:24)
37
XII. Capriccio * (00:01:05)
 
Etude du Piano sur la Gamme Pentatonique: Suite No. 1, Op. 51, No. 1 (1934) (00:02:23 )
38
I. Melodie * (00:00:20)
39
II. Valse * (00:00:17)
40
III. Chanson des Marins * (00:00:13)
41
IV. Fox-trot * (00:00:22)
42
V. Chanson sans Paroles * (00:00:18)
43
VI. Procession des Moines * (00:00:32)
44
VII. Kermesse Villageoise * (00:00:21)
 
Etude du Piano sur la Gamme Pentatonique: Suite No. 2, Op. 51, No. 2 (1934) (00:04:06 )
45
I. Vivace * (00:01:13)
46
II. Moderato * (00:00:24)
47
III. Allegro molto * (00:00:24)
48
IV. Andantino * (00:00:23)
49
V. Allegretto * (00:00:33)
50
VI. Presto * (00:00:29)
51
VII. Maestoso * (00:00:40)
 
Etude du Piano sur la Gamme Pentatonique: Bagatelles Chinoises, Op. 51, No. 3 (1935) (00:09:42 )
52
I. Allegro * (00:00:49)
53
II. Allegro moderato * (00:00:49)
54
III. Allegro marciale * (00:00:36)
55
IV. Allegro non troppo * (00:00:33)
56
V. Animato * (00:00:25)
57
VI. Lento * (00:01:33)
58
VII. Allegretto * (00:00:40)
59
VIII. Andantino * (00:01:12)
60
IX. Moderato * (00:00:42)
61
X. Vivace * (00:00:46)
62
XI. Allegro * (00:00:31)
63
XII. Moderato * (00:01:16)
 
17 Piano Pieces for Beginners (1957) (00:08:54 )
64
No. 1. March * (00:00:21)
65
No. 2. Joy and Tears * (00:00:24)
66
No. 3. Relays * (00:00:16)
67
No. 4. Melody * (00:00:19)
68
No. 5. To and Fro * (00:00:23)
69
No. 6. Chimes * (00:00:30)
70
No. 7. Prelude * (00:00:38)
71
No. 8. The Clock * (00:00:22)
72
No. 9. Hide and Seek * (00:00:17)
73
No. 10. Valse * (00:00:45)
74
No. 11. Merry-go-round * (00:00:41)
75
No. 12. Old Tale * (00:00:52)
76
No. 13. Escapade * (00:00:27)
77
No. 14. Frolics * (00:00:24)
78
No. 15. Ivan's Accordion * (00:00:55)
79
No. 16. Happy Stowaway * (00:00:36)
80
No. 17. Mic and Mac * (00:00:45)
81
Celebration (1976) * (00:00:24)
82
Indian Trail (1976) * (00:00:26)
83
Sunny Day, "Forgotten Bagatelle" (1915) (00:01:05)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:00:30

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

“Taking us through this musical journey Giorgio Koukl has demonstrated his prowess as a pianist from the most demanding pieces to the most delicately tiny fragment.” – MusicWeb International