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Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, July 2014

If anyone who doesn’t know Tcherepnin’s music hears this disc they will find themselves completely captivated and will want to own the entire set. Once again Giorgio Koukl manages totally to inhabit the music and one can be sure that had Tcherepnin himself been able to hear his interpretations he would have been as happy with them as doubtless he was with his own. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2014

Alexander Tcherepnin was one of the most prolific of the 20th century composers, and we have for our rare enjoyment the fifth volume of the complete piano music. The present disc concentrates on his younger years the Preludes and Arabesques written while still in Russia. At times infuriatingly short in the case of the thirty-nine pieces that form Opivochki (Little Leftovers), where snatches of a melody that was ripe for expansion last no longer than a few seconds. Maybe Tcherepnin’s creativity was so fertile that he probably had difficulty in extracting the wheat from the chaff. As he had written several hundred pieces while he was still a teenager, it is left to us to do that task, and if you are coming to the composer start with the first three volumes from the outstanding pianist, Giorgio Koukl, where there is greater substance. The Swiss recording has the clarity that I have praised in previous releases. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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