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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

David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2014

We have reached the eighth and final volume containing the entire solo piano works composed by one of the great keyboard virtuosos of the twentieth century. Alexander Tcherepnin was born in Russia in 1899, but was to spend most of his mature life in France and the United States where he enjoyed a career as pianist and conductor. His compositions mostly involved the piano, though he was essentially a miniaturist whose extended works were usually short pieces conveniently gathered together. Typical of that predilection were the twelve pieces given the title Pour Petits et Grands (For Young and Old), some lasting just a few seconds, the longest—Les Cloches tristes—not quite reaching two minutes. In content and style it owes much to a long list of Russian composers, the basic melodies often coming close to pastiche. Fifteen years earlier he had completed the Histoire de la Petite Therese, a story in music of the young girl who, through performing many good small deeds, eventually reached sainthood. The twelve sections relate her life from birth; through her days in the convent, and finally to the day of her blessing. He began Episodes when he has thirteen, eventually emerging as a group in twelve pictorial sections, many being so brief they are little more than a basic melody, the fast running Papillon a finger-knotting forty seconds. Clocking in at thirteen seconds is the seventh Etude du Piano sur la Gemme Pentatonique, the whole work ending in little more than two minutes. And so the disc proceeds through to its Eighty-third track, arrived there via some pseudo-Chinese music, and Seventeen Pieces aimed at our first piano lessons. Once again Giorgio Koukl is a faithful champion of the composer, playing each little fragment as if a miniature masterpiece. As with previous releases in the series, the Swiss recording is outstanding. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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

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