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 CD, 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.
Alexander Tcherepnin, piano
Mikhail Shilyaev, piano
Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 94 (1961)
Quatre Préludes Nostalgiques, Op. 23 (1922)
Petite Suite, Op. 6 (1918–19)
Entretiens, Op. 46 (1920–30)
Expressions, Op. 81 (1951)
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Catalogue No: TOCC0079EAN/UPC: 5060113440792Release Date: 01.10.2012Composer: Alexander Tcherepnin Artists: Alexander Tcherepnin,
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Richard Whitehouse :
“… 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. … 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.” —Richard Whitehouse, International Record Review
Steve Arloff :
“As the only composer to have done significant work in all 5 UN Security Council nations – Russia, Britain, France, China and the USA – it is unsurprising that Willi Reich, in his biography called Alexander Tcherepnin a ‘musical citizen of the world’.… If you have discovered the wonderful world of Tcherepnin’s piano —music then this disc is a must for you and, if not, it is a perfect place to start to get to know this fascinating composer.” —Steve Arloff, MusicWeb International
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