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Alexander Tcherepnin: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 4 / Giorgio Koukl, piano

Album Summary

>Tcherepnin, Alexander : Entretiens, for piano, Op. 46
>Tcherepnin, Alexander : Preludes (12) for piano, Op. 85
>Tcherepnin, Alexander : Romances (4), for piano, Op. 31
>Tcherepnin, Alexander : Concert Etudes (5), for piano, Op. 52
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Notes & Reviews:

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.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
Alexander Tcherepnin (1899-1977) composed a significant body of piano music and this is Koukl's 4th of a 6-volume series. The works here come from different parts of Tcherepnin's life. There are 10 Entretiens (Conversations) from 1930 that are actually short pieces collected from earlier times. They display distinct cinematic qualities, reminiscent of Shostakovich. The major work here is the collection of 12 Preludes (1952-53). These demonstrate the wide-ranging compositional abilities of Tcherepnin. I look forward to completing this marvelous series and couldn't ask for a more qualified pianist than Koukl. Coupled with superior recorded sound and booklet notes that are both informative and entertaining, this is the kind of effort I have come to expect from the Grand Piano label.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerl (08/28/2012).



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Works Details

>Tcherepnin, Alexander : Entretiens, for piano, Op. 46
  • Performer: Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920-1930

>Tcherepnin, Alexander : Preludes (12) for piano, Op. 85
  • Performer: Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952-1953

>Tcherepnin, Alexander : Romances (4), for piano, Op. 31
  • Performer: Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Tcherepnin, Alexander : Concert Etudes (5), for piano, Op. 52
  • Performer: Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934-1936