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Tcherepnin - Complete Symphonies & Piano Concertos

Composer Alexander Tcherepnin
Performer Noriko Ogawa
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Lan Shui, conductor
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-1717 CD
EAN 7318591717188
Format CD  –  4 discs
Release date Oct 2008
Total time 274'09

4 CDs for the price of 2

This boxed set includes the first complete recorded cycle of Alexander Tcherepnin’s symphonies and piano concertos, along with four shorter orchestral scores. The striking stylistic diversity within this body of work illustrates the complex evolution of Tcherepnin’s style during a half-century-long odyssey both artistic and geographic. Born in St Petersburg Tcherepnin would pursues his dual career as composer and pianist all over the world: from Tbilisi in Georgia to Paris and central Europe, from Shanghai and Tokyo to Brussels and back to Paris, and ultimately from Chicago and New York to England and Switzerland. His inspiration came from sources as diverse as Prokofiev, avant-garde circles in Paris during the 1920s and Far Eastern pentatonic idioms explored during lengthy stays in China and Japan.

Tcherepnin’s development can be charted throughout these four discs, from the First Piano Concerto, composed in 1919, to the works of the 1960s. In the words of Benjamin Folkman, Tcherepnin’s biographer and the compiler of the liner notes for this title, ‘what one hears is the music of a composer who is not so much reinventing himself as seeking an artistic orientation that gains in coherence by growing ever more comprehensive: a composer secure in his faith that, while the musical impulse is a universal human phenomenon, each musical work is a world unto itself.’

The recordings included in this set were originally released on single CDs, and have all received lavish praise, both for the fascinating repertoire and for the highly sympathetic performances by Singapore Symphony Orchestra under Lan Shui (Classica-Répertoire: ‘The orchestra possesses a high degree of virtuosity and plays with conviction and impressive musicality’) and for Noriko Ogawa’s interpretations (Fanfare: ‘In everything Noriko Ogawa tackles, she comes up shining: Her playing customarily blends brilliance and power in equal measure, and here again she's just as good as she has now led us to expect.’)
 
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Disc 1
 
  Alexander Tcherepnin
  Symphony No. 1 in E major, Op. 42 (1927) 24'27
01 I. Maestoso – Allegro risoluto 6'57
02 II. Vivace 2'33
03 III. Andante 8'28
04 IV. Allegretto con anima – Presto 6'29
 
  Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 96 (1963) (M.P. Belaieff ) 23'50
05 I. Allegro moderato 11'27
06 II. Andantino 4'12
07 III. Animato, ma poco rubato – Molto animato – Tranquillo – Animato 8'11
 
  Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 77 (1947–51) 25'15
08 I. Sostenuto – Allegro 9'57
09 II. Lento 4'57
10 III. Allegro 4'20
11 IV. Poco sostenuto – Allegretto 6'01
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Alexander Tcherepnin
  Symphony No. 3 in F sharp major, Op. 83 (1952) 26'14
01 I. Lento – Animato, risoluto – Allegretto 10'54
02 II. Allegro pesante 2'36
03 III. Adagio 7'05
04 IV. Allegro – Maestoso – Allegro risoluto 5'39
 
  Piano Concerto No. 6, Op. 99 (1965) 25'41
05 I. Allegro 10'01
06 II. Andantino 8'57
07 III. Animato 6'43
 
  Symphony No. 4 in E major, Op. 91 (1958–59) 26'39
08 I. Moderato 9'14
09 II. Allegro, tempo di valse 6'33
10 III. Andante con moto 10'52
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Alexander Tcherepnin
01 Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 12 (1918–19) 18'44
 
  Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 48 (1931–32) 17'55
02 I. Moderato 9'57
03 II. Allegro 7'58
 
  Festmusik, Op. 45a (1930) 11'36
04 I. Ouverture. Presto 3'08
05 II. Einzug. Maestoso 2'26
06 III. Tanz. Allegro 1'52
07 IV. Finale. Allegro grazioso 4'10
 
08 Symphonic March, Op.80 (1951) 5'36
 
 
Disc 4
 
  Alexander Tcherepnin
01 Symphonic Prayer, Op. 93 (1959) 6'51
 
02 Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 26 (1923) 17'38
 
03 Magna mater, Op. 41 (1926–27) 9'01
 
  Piano Concerto No. 4 (Fantaisie), Op. 78 (1947) 28'51
04 I. Eastern Chamber Dream. Moderato 16'06
05 II. Yan Kuei Fei’s Love Sacrifice. Sostenuto – Animato 8'13
06 III. Road to Yunnan. Allegretto 4'32
 
  Album total 274'09
ComposerTcherepnin, Alexander
OrchestraSingapore Symphony Orchestra
ConductorShui, Lan
PianoOgawa, Noriko

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