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TCHEREPNIN, A.: Piano Music, Vol. 2 (Koukl)

TCHEREPNIN, A.: Piano Music, Vol. 2 (Koukl)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2013

Originally recorded in 2012


Giorgio Koukl



Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland

Record Label
Grand Piano




Total Time - 62:54
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Sonatine romantique, Op. 4

1 I. Allegro 3:12
2 II. Canzonetta 2:11
3 III. Andantino 2:41
4 IV. Tempestoso 3:49

Petite Suite, Op. 6

5 I. Marche 1:23
6 II. Chant sans paroles 1:52
7 III. Berceuse 1:47
8 IV. Scherzo 2:04
9 V. Badinage 0:50
10 VI. Humoresque 1:34

Toccata No. 1, Op. 1


Pieces sans titres, Op. 7

12 No. 1. Allegro 1:26
13 No. 2. Allegretto 0:53
14 No. 3. Moderato 1:20
15 No. 4. Andantino 1:17
16 No. 5. Allegro molto 0:45
17 No. 6. Sostenuto 1:07
18 No. 7. Allegretto 0:49
19 No. 8. Impetuoso 0:49

Nocturne No. 1, Op. 2, No. 1


Dance No. 1, Op. 2, No. 2


Nocturne No. 2, Op. 8, No. 1


Dance No. 2, Op. 8, No. 2


Scherzo, Op. 3


Message, Op. 39

 Giorgio Koukl Soloist

Focussing on his early piano works, this second volume of the complete piano music of Russian-born Alexander Tcherepnin shows a mastery of the miniature allied with huge imagination. The Pièces sans titres, Op 7 are richly characterised gems and the Petite Suite, Op 6 teems with resourceful vitality. By the time of Message, Op 39, composed in 1926, and one of his masterpieces, Tcherepnin had developed an arrestingly dramatic approach to rhythm.

                       **** - Excellent Disc

Michel Fleury - Classica magazine  - July/August 2013

                     Recording of the Month

"With the release of this volume 2 the frisson of excitement continues apace with no fewer than eight of the ten works here being world premières. Much of the music is a white knuckle ride of almost jaw dropping proportions as a listen to the Toccata No.1, Op.1 will confirm. The Pièces sans titres are youthful compositions as was the Sonatine Romantique and are real gems. In fact much of this music was written when Tcherepnin was a youth which makes it all the more remarkable. It is amazing to bear this in mind when listening to the manic Dance No.1, Op.2, No.2 from 1919 which has a whiff of Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz about it. The Scherzo, Op.3 dates from 1917 and is another highly rhythmic and exciting work. The final offering and another world première is Message which was written in 1926. It is one of Tcherepnin’s longest solo piano works at almost ten minutes and as the booklet writers observe could contain a message. It is also true that, as the booklet states, this is music for serious listeners. You cannot allow you [sic] mind to wander if you are to appreciate the complex “interplay of the various elements” ending with the unusual addition of three sharp raps on the body of the piano. Getting to know more of Tcherepnin’s brilliant and wonderful music has been one of the highlights of my musical year and I cannot wait for further releases. As with Volume 1 Giorgio Koukl’s playing is phenomenal and it needs to be to allow a full appreciation of this music. This disc was a truly superb listening experience." 
Steve Arloff - - January 2013

"...Koukl—fresh from his revelatory recordings for Naxos of Matinu’s complete piano music and concertos—proves himself a most sympathetic advocate for Tcherepnin’s music, whether on a small or large scale. It is instructive to compare his interpretations of the sonatas with the composer’s somewhat wayward ones: Koukl may not achieve the same fury in the First Sonata’s opening Allegro commodo but his pacing and structuring of the movement, while subtly different, is just as convincing; and his playing as a whole, especially in the Second Sonata, is much more precise. The top-notch."
Guy Rickards - International Piano - January 2013

"...Focusing on Tcherepnin’s early years, this volume contains some super music. The performances are committed and energetic..."     ****
Tim Parry - BBC Music Magazine - January 2013

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