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TANSMAN, Alexandre (1897-1986)

PIANO MUSIC


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

The career of Polish composer Alexandre Tansman flourished in Paris after the First World War, though it’s only in recent years that it has begun to be explored in depth on disc. A refined but spiritually engaged neo-Classicism remained a constant feature of his music-making in Europe and in his temporary American exile, whether in the beautifully evocative travelogue Visit to Israel or in the clarity of the Interludes and Caprices.

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Tracklist

 
11 Interludes (1955) (00:14:00 )
1
No. 1. Moderato * (00:01:47)
2
No. 2. Allegro giusto * (00:01:05)
3
No. 3. Lento * (00:01:23)
4
No. 4. Andante * (00:01:11)
5
No. 5. Allegro con brio * (00:01:17)
6
No. 6. Moderato * (00:01:11)
7
No. 7. Allegro con moto * (00:01:19)
8
No. 8. Lento * (00:01:50)
9
No. 9. Andante sostenuto * (00:00:48)
10
No. 10. Moderato * (00:00:46)
11
No. 11. Allegro moderato ma deciso * (00:01:13)
 
Hommage à Arthur Rubinstein (1973) (00:04:00 )
12
Tempo di Mazurca * (00:02:01)
13
Toccata * (00:02:24)
 
2 Pièces hébraïques (1955) (00:09:00 )
14
No. 1. Invention * (00:06:42)
15
No. 2. Berceuse juive * (00:02:29)
 
4 Piano Moods (1944) (00:05:00 )
16
No. 1. Andante cantabile * (00:00:58)
17
No. 2. Vivace * (00:01:02)
18
No. 3. Lento * (00:01:22)
19
No. 4. Allegro meccanico * (00:01:12)
 
Prélude et Toccata (1943) (00:05:00 )
20
Prélude: Andante sostenuto * (00:01:46)
21
Toccata: Allegro molto * (00:03:22)
 
6 Caprices (1941) (00:08:00 )
22
No. 1. Allegro ben ritmato * (00:01:40)
23
No. 2. Moderato * (00:01:48)
24
No. 3. Lento * (00:02:33)
25
No. 4. Molto vivace * (00:00:34)
26
No. 5. Andante cantabile * (00:01:50)
 
Visit to Israel (1958) (00:13:00 )
27
I. Notturno: The Mysterious City of Sefad * (00:01:09)
28
II. The Kibbutz * (00:01:01)
29
III. The Ruins of Capernaum * (00:01:06)
30
IV. The Sources of the River Jordan * (00:00:52)
31
V. The Holy City (The Seven-armed Candelabra) * (00:01:52)
32
VI. The Desert of Negev * (00:01:40)
33
VII. The Mosque of Saint Jean d'Acre * (00:00:59)
34
VIII. The Lake of Tiberias * (00:01:16)
35
IX. Yemenite Cradle Song * (00:02:00)
36
X. Popular Dance (Hora) * (00:01:17)
37
Étude (Studio per pianoforte) (1967) * (00:06:47)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:05:32

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.

Reviews

MusicWeb International

“This disc was an absolute joy to listen to and will be welcomed by lovers of piano music everywhere.” – MusicWeb International