ALEXANDER TCHEREPNIN (1899-1977): Symphonies Nos. 1-4, Piano Concertos Nos. 1-6, Festmusik, Symphonic March, Symphonic Prayer, Magna Mater.

Catalogue Number: 01K070

Label: BIS

Reference: CD-1717/18

Format: CD

Price: $39.98

Description: This series only ended last May but, then, it started in 1999 so this boxing at mid-price is not too soon. Tcherepnin's his interest in the music of the country of his birth (China) and his lifelong cosmopolitan background, constantly moving, traveling and picking up musical ideas everywhere produced a heterogenous symphony cycle: spiky and dissonant but not atonal and with an agreeable astringency (the First), a representation of the agony of the war years, the uncertainty of the post-war period, the rising hopes of a better world and the desolation he felt at his father's death (the Second), much use of brass and Oriental melodies in the Third while he even uses an ancient Russian chant in the Fourth's finale. The piano concertos cover a much wider period of his career and differ even more from each other stylistically but high energy is always present in the fast movements and the shadow of Bartók often present throughout, especially in some of the nocturnal slow movements although the Second has some of the percussive qualities of Prokofiev and more obvious influences of such "Ecole de Paris" composers as Ravel, Stravinsky and Honegger while the Fourth is full of pentatonic melodies, delicately scored. 4 CDs for the price of 2. Noriko Ogawa (piano), Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Lan Shui. Original 1999-2007 releases.

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