Tansman: Piano Music - Giorgio Koukl (CD)

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Artist:
Giorgio Koukl

The career of Polish composer Alexandre Tansman flourished in Paris after the First World War, though it’s only in recent years that it has begun to be explored in depth in recordings. A refined but spiritually engaged neo-Classicism remained a constant feature of his music-making in Europe and in his temporary American exile, whether in the beautifully evocative travelogue Visit to Israel or in the clarity of the Interludes and Caprices. Giorgio Koukl is a pianist/harpsichordist and composer. He studied at both the Conservatories of Zurich and Milan, where he took part in the masterclasses of Nikita Magaloff, Jacques Fevrier, and Stanislaus Neuhaus, and with Rudolf Firkusny, friend and advocate of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu. It was through Firkusny that Koukl first encountered Martinu’s music, prompting him to search out his compatriot’s solo piano works. Since then he has developed these into an important part of his concert repertoire and is now considered one of the world’s leading interpreters of Martinu’s piano music. As a logical continuation of this work, Koukl has recorded the complete solo piano works of Paul Le Flem, Alexander Tchereprnin, Arthur Lourie, Vitezslava Kapralova, and Witold Lutoslawski.

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Tracklisting:

11 INTERLUDES (1955) (14:00)

No. 1. Moderato

No. 2. Allegro giusto

No. 3. Lento

No. 4. Andante

No. 5. Allegro con brio

No. 6. Moderato

No. 7. Allegro con moto

No. 8. Lento

No. 9. Andante sostenuto

10 No. 10. Moderato

11 No. 11. Allegro moderato ma deciso

 

HOMMAGE À ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN (1973)

12 Tempo di Mazurka

13 Toccata

 

2 PIÈCES HÉBRAÏQUES (1955) (09:12)

14 No. 1. Invention

15 No. 2. Berceuse juive

 

4 PIANO MOODS (1944) (04:38)

16 No. 1. Andante cantabile

17 No. 2. Vivace

18 No. 3. Lento

19 No. 4. Allegro meccanico

 

PRÉLUDE ET TOCCATA (1943)

20 Prélude: Andante sostenuto

21 Toccata: Allegro molto

 

6 CAPRICES (EXCERPTS) (1941)

22 No. 1. Allegro ben ritmato

23 No. 2. Moderato

24 No. 3. Lento

25 No. 4. Molto vivace

26 No. 5. Andante cantabile

 

VISIT TO ISRAEL (1958)

27 I. Notturno: The Mysterious City of Sefad

28 II. The Kibbutz

29 III. The Ruins of Capernaum

30 IV. The Sources of the River Jordan

31 V. The Holy City (The Seven-armed Candelabra)

32 VI. The Desert of Negev

33 VII. The Mosque of Saint Jean d’Acre

34 VIII. The Lake of Tiberias

35 IX. Yemenite Cradle Song

36 X. Popular Dance (Hora)

37 ÉTUDE (STUDIO PER PIANOFORTE) (1967)