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LOURIÉ, Arthur Vincent (1891-1966)

COMPLETE PIANO WORKS • 2


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

The second volume in Giorgio Koukl’s complete survey of Arthur Vincent Lourié’s piano music spans the years 1912 to 1938. In that time the Belarus-born composer embraced extended tonality in Deux Poèmes, Op. 8, huge Scriabinesque chords in Synthèses, Op. 16 and forward-looking harmonic astringency in the Sonatina No. 3. His post-Revolutionary Paris years are represented by a sequence of characterful miniatures.

Tracklist

 
2 Poèmes, Op. 8 (1912) (00:12:00 )
1
No. 1. Essor (00:02:05)
2
No. 2. Ivresse (00:05:16)
3
Menuett nach Gluck (1914) (00:03:19)
 
Sintezï (Synthèses), Op. 16 (1914) (00:11:00 )
4
No. 1. Lent (00:01:31)
5
No. 2. Modérément animé (00:01:36)
6
No. 3. Vite (aigu) (00:01:47)
7
No. 4. Assez vite, mais toujours mesuré (00:01:15)
8
No. 5. Mesuré (00:00:59)
 
Dnevnoy uzor (Daytime Routine) (1915) (00:11:00 )
9
No. 1. Étude (Study) (00:01:10)
10
No. 2. Promenade (Walk) (00:03:18)
11
No. 3. Ombres (Shadows) (00:02:51)
12
No. 4. Sorcellerie (Sorcery) (00:02:20)
13
No. 5. Polissonerie (Mischievousness) (00:01:50)
 
Rojal' v detskoj (8 Scenes of Russian Childhood) (1917) (00:11:00 )
14
No. 1. The porcelain shepherd and his flock (00:01:00)
15
No. 2. Little trepak (00:01:22)
16
No. 3. A good boy (00:00:58)
17
No. 4. A naughty boy (00:01:04)
18
No. 5. Bogey man (00:01:07)
19
No. 6. Lullaby (00:02:03)
20
No. 7. Sun and shower (00:01:53)
21
No. 8. Children's song: Wlazł kotek na płotek (The Kitten Climbed on the Fence) (00:01:08)
22
Piano Sonatina No. 3 (1917) (00:03:23)
23
Toccata (1924) (00:05:08)
24
Valse (1926) (00:04:10)
25
Gigue (1927) (00:05:01)
26
Marche (1926) (00:02:30)
27
Nocturne (1928) (00:06:56)
28
Intermezzo (1928) (00:05:53)
29
Berceuse de la chevrette (1936) (00:03:19)
30
Phoenix Park Nocturne (1938) (00:05:05)
Total Time: 01:21:17

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 composer Artur Lourié (1892–1966) enjoyed an eventful career in pre-war Russia, through the early years of the Soviet Union then Paris between the wars, before settling in New York. Often (unfairly) seen as an epigone of Stravinsky, his mercurial character is to the fore in The Mime (1956), dedicated to Charles Chaplin.

— Richard Whitehouse

Reviews

“…an absolutely splendid recital and a worthy successor to Vol. 1. Lourié’s music will hold your attention not just because it’s so good but also because it’s so varied in mood and character.” – The Art Music Lounge