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Nikolai Tcherepnin CD Release "Songs"

NEW RELEASE
A landmark CD sponsored by the Tcherepnin Society has just been released on the Toccata Classics label: the first-ever recorded program devoted exclusively to Nikolai Tcherepnin’s songs for voice and piano.

(TOCC0221). Soprano Elena Mindlina and pianist David Witten perform 29 songs from five of the composer’s published collections, ranging from late-Romantic efforts of the late 1890s to more experimental scores of the 1910s and 20s.

   
Alexander Tcherepnin Complete Piano Music, Volume 4
Giorgio Koukl

NEW RELEASE
In September, 2013 the Grand Piano label released Volume 4 (GP649) of pianist Giorgio Koukl’s landmark 8-CD series devoted to the complete solo piano works of Alexander Tcherepnin, produced with the support of the Tcherepnin Society. This new disc includes the most ambitious of all Tcherepnin’s piano publications, the Twelve Preludes, Op. 85 along with his virtuosic Five (Chinese) Concert Etudes, Op. 51, the songful Four Romances, Op. 31 and a Entretiens, Op. 46, a remarkable assortment of works written between 1919 and 1929.. A string of rave reviews greeted discs Nos. 1 (GP608), 2 (GP632) and 3 (GP635) of Mr. Koukl’s series, and Grand Piano plans to issue the remaining CDs of the project by the middle of 2014. Watch for Volume 5 (GP650), scheduled for November 2013; to be followed by Volume 6 (GP651) in February, 2014, Volume 7 (GP658) in April and Volume 8 (GP659) in June.

 

Alexander Tcherepnin Piano Music CDNEW RELEASE
On October 1, 2012, Toccata Classics released an exceptionally significant CD of Alexander Tcherepnin’s piano music (TOCC 0079) which features rare 1965 archival radio performances by Tcherepnin himself.  Recorded in remarkably fine sound, Tcherepnin presents both of his Piano Sonatas, the Préludes Nostalgiques, Op. 23 and a Prelude from Op. 85 in supremely cogent readings that radiate urgent excitement.  On the rest of the disc, the Russian virtuoso Mikhail Shilyaev plays Tcherepnin’s Expressions, Op. 81 along withdisc world premieres of the composer’s Petite Suite, Op. 6, Moment Musical (1913), Entretiens, Op. 46, Scherzo, Op. 3, and three works from the 1940s (Rondo à la Russe, Polka and La Quatrième).

 

RECENT RELEASE
In May 2012, the new Grand Piano recording label launched by Naxos issued Volume 1 (GP 608) of pianist Giorgio Koukl’s landmark 8-CD series devoted to the complete solo piano works of Alexander Tcherepnin. This first disc includes Tcherepnin’s most famous set of piece, the Bagatelles, Op. 5; Tcherepnin’s two piano sonatas; and world premiere recordings of the Nine Inventions, Op. 13; and the Ten Etudes, Op. 18. Mr. Koukl’s previous Naxos recording of the complete piano works of Bohuslav Martinu earned wide praise, and his recordings of Tcherepnin’s full piano output, a mammoth undertaking finished earlier this year, are truly impressive.  Volume 2 (GP 632), released in November 2012, includes Tcherepnin’s Sonatine Romantique, Op. 3; Toccata No. 1, Op. 1; Scherzo, Op. 3; Petite Suite, Op. 6; Message, Op. 39; and Nocturne No. 1, Op. 2, No. 1, as well as world premiere recordings of Dance No. 1, Op. 2, No. 2; Pièces sans titres, Op. 7; and Nocturne and Dance No. 2, Op. 8, Nos. 1 and 2.

Nikolai Tcherepnin Piano Music CD

Nikolai Tcherepnin
Piano Music

RECENT RELEASE
Toccata Classics has just released a brand new recording of piano music by Nikolai Tcherepnin, brilliantly played by pianist David Witten. Rave reviews have appeared, including 3 excerpted below. This CD also includes color reproduction of 14 of the original Children’s Alphabet Book paintings by Alexandre Benois  which Tcherepnin chose to interpret, as well as informative written notes by Witten. Listen to samples and purchase at ToccataClassics.com or at Amazon.com.

The ObserverNikolai Tcherepnin...is revealed in all his pianistic glory in these fascinating first recordings, from the lushly romantic early "Three Pieces", with their tinges of Chopin and Rachmaninov, to a charmingly original set of tone poems based on children's alphabet sketches... David Witten is entirely at home in the vivid imagery of "The Fisherman and the Fish" – all watery splashes and flashing sunlight. Enchanting stuff. - Stephen Pritchard

Fanfare Magazine: David Witten unfailingly finds the right approach to each of these selections... an ability to capture the poetic moment Tcherepnin so plainly cherished...bright, forward, and lifelike. With excellent notes by the pianist, this is a disc that will hopefully generate not merely sales of itself, but interest in its seldom heard composer. - Barry Brenesal

MusicWeb-International: On the evidence at least of this release, Tcherepnin's piano music...merits a place in every pianist's repertoire and on every music-lover's shelf.  -  Byzantion


Alexander Tcherepnin: The Saga of a Russian Emigre Composer

Alexander Tcherepnin: The Saga of a Russian Emigré Composer.

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Nikolai Tcherepnin
(1873-1945)
Alexander Tcherepnin
(1899-1977)
Ivan Tcherepnin
(1943-1998)

THE TCHEREPNIN SOCIETY is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the music and aesthetic ideals of the Tcherepnin family's three generations of distinguished composers: Nikolai Tcherepnin (1873-1945), Alexander Tcherepnin (1899-1977) and Ivan Tcherepnin (1943-1998). Our particular model for activity is the multifaceted career that earned Alexander Tcherepnin the sobriquet "Musical Citizen of the World." A superlative composer, a lifelong pioneer in new musical techniques, and a dedicated educator, he was also an enthusiastic internationalist whose fascination with folk idioms brought him through Eurasian culture to China and Japan. It was to carry on these shared ideals that Alexander's widow Hsien Ming Tcherepnin (1911-1991) founded the Society. Under her leadership, the organization played an important role in re-normalizing musical contacts between China and the West after the disruptions of the Cultural Revolution. After her death, leadership passed to Ivan Tcherepnin, whose global interests as a composer and professor at Harvard University melded modern technology with a variety of near- and far-Eastern philosophical and aesthetic concerns.

THE BUFFALO BOY

Buffalo Boy's Flute by Heh Liuting won first prize in the landmark Chinese composers' competition sponsored by Alexander Tcherepnin in Shanghai in 1934. Tcherepnin soon chose a buffalo boy logo for the publishing firm he founded in Tokyo to issue Chinese and Japanese concert works, offering Mr. Heh's score as No. 1 in his catalogue.

To Ivan Tcherepnin, who made the buffalo boy his own a generation later, this filial icon represented the youthful joy that accompanies and blesses the creative act.

Today the Tcherepnin Society continues to furnish financial and artistic support for concerts, new recordings and the reissue of important older recordings of music by the Tcherepnins, particularly of scores that suffer unjust neglect. We provide financing for scholarly books and articles that contribute to increased understanding of the Tcherepnins' artistry. We subsidize international concertizing by musicians who aim at Alexander and Ivan Tcherepnin's multicultural reach, and also underwrite educational travel and study programs that enable young musicians of all nations to immerse themselves in musical traditions radically different from those in their homelands.

Alexander Tcherepnin's view of music as a moral force that breaks down artificial barriers between peoples has a special relevance in our own troubled times. We invite you to help us in our efforts to keep these ideals alive and flourishing.

Contributions to The Tcherepnin Society, a 501 (c) (3) organization, are tax deductible.

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