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LOURIÉ, Arthur Vincent (1891-1966)

COMPLETE PIANO WORKS • 1


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

The first volume devoted to Arthur Vincent Lourié’s piano music traces his journey from the Debussian Impressionism of his youthful Cinq Préludes fragile, Op. 1 through absorption of Scriabin’s chromaticism in the eerie Masques (Tentations) of 1913 to the near-Cubism of Formes en l’air. Though lauded – or derided – as a pioneering Futurist, his post-Revolutionary writing in France embraced a nostalgic Neo-Classicism represented by the blithe Petite Suite en Fa.

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Tracklist

 
5 Préludes fragiles, Op. 1 (1910) (00:11:00 )
1
Prelude No. 1: Lento (00:01:50)
2
Prelude No. 2: Calme, pas vite (00:01:59)
3
Prelude No. 3: Tendre, pensif (00:01:58)
4
Prelude No. 4: Affabile (00:01:25)
5
Prelude No. 5: Modéré (00:02:51)
 
2 Estampes, Op. 2 (1910) (00:08:00 )
6
No. 1. Crépuscule d’un faune (00:04:23)
7
No. 2. 'Les parfums, les couleurs et les sons se répondent' (00:03:39)
 
2 Mazurkas, Op. 7 (1912) (00:05:00 )
8
No. 1. Lent, languide (00:02:01)
9
No. 2. Essor (00:03:00)
 
4 Poèmes, Op. 10 (1913) (00:10:00 )
10
No. 1. Spleen (00:03:28)
11
No. 2. Caprices (00:02:32)
12
No. 3. Autoportrait (00:02:35)
13
No. 4. Ironies (00:01:46)
 
Formes en l'air (1915) (00:10:00 )
14
No. 1. — (00:01:59)
15
No. 2. — (00:02:13)
16
No. 3. — (00:02:35)
 
Masques (1913) (00:19:00 )
17
No. 1. Nuagè, suave (00:03:20)
18
No. 2. Caché, avec une ironie suave (00:01:07)
19
No. 3. Avec une grâce fragile (00:02:16)
20
No. 4. Dans une mystère profonde et calme (00:01:39)
21
No. 5. Etrange, charmé (00:01:26)
22
No. 6. Très lent, calme (Mouvement d'un marche funèbre) (00:02:55)
23
No. 7. Pâmé, avec désir croissant (00:01:28)
24
Upmann, a Smoking Sketch (1919) (00:03:11)
 
Petite Suite in F Major (1924) (00:03:00 )
25
I. — * (00:00:41)
26
II. — * (00:01:08)
27
III. — * (00:00:34)
28
IV. — * (00:00:53)
29
Dialogue (1930s) * (00:03:56)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:04:48

The Artist

Giorgio Koukl is a pianist/harpsichordist and composer. He studied in Prague at the state music school and conservatory before continuing his studies at both the conservatories of Zurich and Milan, where he took part in the masterclasses of Nikita Magalov, Jacques Février, and Stanislaus Neuhaus, and with Rudolf Firkušný, friend and advocate of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu. It was through Firkušný that Koukl first encountered Martinu’s music, eventually becoming one of the world’s leading interpreters of Martinu’s piano music. As a logical continuation of this work, Koukl has recorded the complete solo piano works of Paul Le Flem, a Breton composer who belonged to the Parisian circle of Martinu, Tcherepnin and Tansman, of Arthur Lourié, an important member of the “silver age” group of Russian composers, and of Vítezslava Kaprálová.