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Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, December 2014

TCHEREPNIN, A.: Piano Music, Vol. 6 (Koukl) GP651
TCHEREPNIN, A.: Piano Music, Vol. 7 (Koukl) GP658
TCHEREPNIN, A.: Piano Music, Vol. 8 (Koukl) GP659

My…selection is of three of the eight discs of the series comprising the complete solo piano music by Alexander Tcherepnin, again a composer that I knew of but only for a single work from his solo piano works. I have been privileged to have been able to review all 8 of them and have been truly overwhelmed by the sheer inventiveness he displayed in his writing. From delightful childlike pieces to full blown turbulence to pieces that display nostalgia and regret, it has been one of the most satisfying musical journeys I’ve ever been on. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, October 2014

Giorgio Koukl clearly appreciates and loves this music, and his technique is fully up to its frequently demanding virtuoso passages; he makes the barnstorming Ballade thoroughly enjoyable as well as dramatically exciting…this release is self-recommending…None of these pieces is an earth-shattering masterpiece, but they are all thoroughly enjoyable and some are rather more than that. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, September 2014

TCHEREPNIN, A.: Piano Music, Vol. 7 (Koukl) GP658
TCHEREPNIN, A.: Piano Music, Vol. 8 (Koukl) GP659

With these two discs, we have reached the end of one of my most enjoyable musical journeys. I’m wondering how I’m going to cope now that it is over…

Taking us through this musical journey Giorgio Koukl has demonstrated his prowess as a pianist from the most demanding pieces to the most delicately tiny fragment. He also brings with him a total commitment to the project, together with obvious love for the music and determination to propagate new audiences. I have been privileged to see this journey through from beginning to end and have learned so much including discovering Tcherepnin’s four symphonies and six piano concertos. As I said at the start I feel somewhat bereft now it is over but I shall be revisiting this wondrous music often.

Grand Piano is to be congratulated in its endeavours to put Tcherepnin firmly on the musical map and for its continued determination to explore and release music from composers that would rarely, if ever, otherwise see the light of day on disc. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2014

One of the most prolific of 20th composers, only a small part of Alexander Tcherepnin’s works have entered the concert repertoire, and much is unpublished. Born in Russia in 1899, he was to spend much of his life in France and the United States where he established a major career as an outstanding pianist and accomplished conductor. The present disc contains nineteen tracks, the majority receiving there first recorded performance, the manuscripts of unpublished works having been made available specially for this recording. They include a particularly attractive Etude de Concert written while still a student in a style not too divorced from Rachmaninov. And there lies the rub, for as his performing career continued, so his music seemingly became influenced by those he played, and at times he obviously enjoyed salon music, becoming an expert in that field of composition. So there is something here for everyone, including a thrilling virtuoso Toccata from 1922 with more than a hint of Prokofiev; a Ballade composed when he was seventeen and held out the prospect that he would have an individual voice. The disc ends in a mood of pure fun with the pastiche Souvenir de Voyage and Badinage. It is all played with an unbounded enthusiasm for the composer…The Swiss recording has all of the clarity I have praised in previous releases. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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