Alexander Tcherepnin: Piano Works
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR896     Release Date: 2007-01-01
Martha Braden, piano


When pianist Martha Braden met composer-pianist Alexander Tcherepnin in 1949—she was twelve and he was fifty—she was simultaneously struck by his “electrifying playing”, and his “overwhelming music.” “The extremes of breathtaking- speed, power, and sheer volume of sound, on the one hand, and the lyricism, serenity, and humor, on the other, were not just qualities of his personality or his pianism,” Braden recalls. “They were actually embodied in the unique forms of the compositions themselves.”

Child of an artistic Russian family, a traveler and passionate scholar of cultures all over the world, Alexander Tcherepnin was an explorer and experimenter, and, finally, a master of sonority and form. A prolific and much-performed composer, who left four operas, thirteen ballets, four symphonies, numerous large orchestral and chamber works, and over two- hundred piano pieces (his concert programs were almost exclusively made up of his own works), Tcherepnin felt that music’s ultimate goal was to unite people, a mandate he ac- complished within his own creative output. Living in Paris, London, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Chicago, and New York, and concertizing in hundreds of cities in between, he assimilated the music he found, welding it into a distinctive voice, anchored in the Russian expression of his childhood. Modernist, Russian, Chinese, cosmopolitan (in the best Parisian sense), his music translates Eastern language for Western ears, and vice versa. No wonder Aaron Copland called him “an honorary American composer,” and that to Toru Takemitsu he was “a father figure of Japanese music.”


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Bagatelles, Op. 5: I. Allegro marciale
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Bagatelles, Op. 5: II. Con vivacita
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Bagatelles, Op. 5: III. Vivo
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Bagatelles, Op. 5: IV. Lento con tristezza
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Bagatelles, Op. 5: V. Dolce
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Bagatelles, Op. 5: VI. Allegro con spirito
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Bagatelles, Op. 5: VII. Prestissimo
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Bagatelles, Op. 5: VIII. Allegro
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Bagatelles, Op. 5: IX. Allegretto
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Bagatelles, Op. 5: X. Presto
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Bagatelles, Op. 5: XI. CODA: Allegro marciale
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Message, Op. 39
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Voeux ("Wishes"), Op. 39b: ...for my Saint
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Voeux ("Wishes"), Op. 39b: ...for my family
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Voeux ("Wishes"), Op. 39b: ...for sentiment
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Voeux ("Wishes"), Op. 39b: ...for bourgeois happiness
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Voeux ("Wishes"), Op. 39b: ...for work
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Voeux ("Wishes"), Op. 39b: ...for life
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Voeux ("Wishes"), Op. 39b: ...for peace in The Middle East
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Five Concert Etudes, Op. 52: Shadow Play
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Five Concert Etudes, Op. 52: The Lute
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Five Concert Etudes, Op. 52: Homage to China
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Five Concert Etudes, Op. 52: Punch and Judy
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Five Concert Etudes, Op. 52: Chant
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Songs Without Words, Op. 82: Elegy
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Songs Without Words, Op. 82: Rondel
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Songs Without Words, Op. 82: Enigma
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Songs Without Words, Op. 82: The Juggler
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Songs Without Words, Op. 82: Hymn to Our Lady
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Sonata No. 2, Op. 94: I. Lento-animato
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Sonata No. 2, Op. 94: II. Andantino
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Sonata No. 2, Op. 94: III. Animato-Sostenuto
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