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TO 0079

Alexander Tcherepnin - Piano Music 1913-61

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2012

Originally recorded in 1965


Alexander Tcherepnin

piano, 1-12

Mikhail Shilyaev

piano, 13-43


The Peacock Rooad, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, London

23 & 29 Apr 2012

McMillan Theater, Columbia University, New York

30-31 Mar 1965


Adaq Khan

Phillip Ramey


Adaq Khan

Walter Carlos

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Total Time - 79:23
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Piano Sonata No.1, Op.22 (1918-19)

1 I Allegro commodo 7:19
2 II Andante 2:54
3 III Allegro 2:01
4 IV Grave 2:33

Piano Sonata No.2, Op.94 (1961)

5 I Lento; Animato; Lento; Animato; Lento 4:27
6 II Andantino 2:02
7 III Animato 3:21

Quatre Préludes Nostalgiques, Op.23 (1922)

8 I Lento 2:34
9 II Allegretto 0:35
10 III Tempestuoso 0:44
11 IV Con dolore, molto sostenuto 2:48

Prelude, Op.85, No.9 (1953)


Moment Musical * (1913)


Petite Suite, Op.6 * (1918-19)

14 No.1 March 1:13
15 No.2 Song without Words 1:42
16 No.3 Berceuse 1:33
17 No.4 Scherzo 1:53
18 No.5 Badinage 0:54
19 No.6 Humoresque 1:16

Rondo à la Russe * (c.1946)


Entretiens, Op.46 * (1920-30)

21 No.1 Lento 1:42
22 No.2 Animato 0:26
23 No.3 Moderato 1:36
24 No.4 Allegretto 1:13
25 No.5 Recitando 0:45
26 No.6 Animato 0:50
27 No.7 Moderato 0:57
28 No.8 Animato 0:49
29 No.9 Grave 2:59
30 No.10 Allegretto 0:55

Polka * (1944)


Scherzo, Op.3 * (1951)


Expressions, Op.81 (1951)

33 No.1 Entrance 0:46
34 No.2 The Hour of Death 2:12
35 No.3 Caprice 1:07
36 No.4 The Silly Story of the White Oxen 0:56
37 No.5 Thief in the Night 0:45
38 No.6 At the Fair 1:08
39 No.7 Barcarolle 3:02
40 No.8 Blind Man's Bluff 0:46
41 No.9 At Dawn 1:43
42 No.10 Exit 0:56

La Quatrième * (1948-49)


This unusual album begins with archival recordings, in excellent sound, of the Russian-born composer-pianist Alexander Tcherepnin (1899–1977) playing some of his most memorable piano music. The early Sonata No. 1 (1918–19) is a brilliant, virtuosic study in dramatic Slavic romanticism; the atmospheric late Sonata No. 2 (1961), never commercially recorded by the composer, stands as a paragon of elegant modernism in continuous thematic evolution. The second part of the album, performed by the Russian pianist Mikhail Shilyaev, presents a selection of attractive, rarely heard works from various periods in Tcherepnin’s career, further illustrating his Prokofiev-like fondness for spiky humour, pungent harmony and crisp melody.

"... The overall impression one is left with after hearing this disc and others of Tcherepnin’s music is the breadth of his inventiveness; there is never a dull moment and discovering his music has been one of the musical highlights for me this year. As one would expect the tracks recorded this year sound fresher and crisper than those recorded by the composer in March 1965, though to have his own interpretations of those works is so valuable. Tcherepnin showed what a considerable pianist he was while Shilyaev amply shows his interpretive skills with that full range of moods and touches. This is vital for music that can range from a mere whisper to almost cataclysmic thunder."
Steve Arloff - - 9 January 2013

 "The Toccata Classics disc opens with archival recordings made by the composer in New York n March 1965 (produced by the composer Philip Ramey, a former Tcherepnin pupil and subject of an earlier Toccata Classics release) of the two sonatas, Préludes nostalgiques and the ninth of his Op. 85 Preludes. The performances are the most exciting of any under review here and have been remastered very finely under the auspices of the Tcherepnin Society. The greater part of the disc is made up of a deliciously varied selection of his smaller pieces (the earliest, the Moment musical of 1913, dating from his mid-teens) and sets of miniatures – the early Petite Suite (1918–19), Entretiens (1920–30) and 10 Expressions (1951) – all played with compelling assurance by Mikhail Shilyaev."

Guy Rickards - International Piano

 "...Shilyaev renders both these miniatures and the larger sets of pieces with a fluency and panache that makes for diverting and also pleasurable listening, thus ensuring that these predominantly first recordings will not easily be surpassed, and is abetted by detailed and realistic piano sound. Those works taken into the studio by Tcherepnin are worth acquiring within a valuable twofer of his chamber and instrumental music, yet any gains in finesse are outweighed by the sheer spontaneity evident here. Benjamin Folkman (president of the Tcherepnin Society) contributes an insightful booklet note, and the disc can be warmly recommended as a showcase for a composer who seemed to – or, more to the point, should have had it all... Warmly recommended

Richard Whitehouse  - International Record Review

                   **** - Excellent Album

 "...Technical sound, faithful and accurate..."

Michel Fleury - Classica magazine - December 2012 - January 2013

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