Alexander Tcherepnin: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4; Piano Concerto No. 6

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Barnes & Noble - Jim Svejda
The tragedy of his career was that his music reminded so many people of a great near-contemporary. In fact, for years he was dismissed by the harsh equation: One part Prokofiev + one part water = Alexander Tcherepnin. The injustice of this judgment is made obvious by a new Bis recording of three of Tcherepnin's most important works. The Third Symphony 1952 is a vivid and powerful score, launched by a rumbling bass figure reminiscent of the main title from "Jaws." In spite of some superficial resemblances to Prokofiev, the symphony is clearly the work of a distinctive personality and impeccable craftsman. The slow movement, with its haunting oboe solo, is both profound and...
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Barnes & Noble - Jim Svejda
The tragedy of his career was that his music reminded so many people of a great near-contemporary. In fact, for years he was dismissed by the harsh equation: One part Prokofiev + one part water = Alexander Tcherepnin. The injustice of this judgment is made obvious by a new Bis recording of three of Tcherepnin's most important works. The Third Symphony 1952 is a vivid and powerful score, launched by a rumbling bass figure reminiscent of the main title from "Jaws." In spite of some superficial resemblances to Prokofiev, the symphony is clearly the work of a distinctive personality and impeccable craftsman. The slow movement, with its haunting oboe solo, is both profound and moving, while the all-too-brief scherzo is as vigorous and imaginative as anything in Shostakovich. The Fourth Symphony, written two years later for Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony, is even more striking, with a somber final movement full of inconsolable -- which is to say, archetypally Russian -- despair. While less substantial, the last of Tcherepnin's six piano concertos is a bracing, well-made work that also suggests what a fine pianist the composer was in his prime. Given Tcherepnin's close ties to Asia -- from 1934 to 1937, he taught in Shanghai and Tokyo -- it's fitting that Lan Shui and the Singapore Symphony prove such skilled and enthusiastic advocates of the symphonies, and Noriko Ogawa such a brilliant champion of the concerto. Those wishing to make a new and valuable musical friend should give Tcherepnin a try.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/15/1999
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318590010181
  • Catalog Number: 1018
  • Sales rank: 299,409

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 3, Op 83 ("Chinese") - Alexander Tcherepnin & Singapore Symphony Orchestra (26:37)
  2. 5–7 Concerto for piano & orchestra/6, Op.99 - Alexander Tcherepnin & Singapore Symphony Orchestra (26:03)
  3. 8–10 Symphony No. 4, Op 91 - Alexander Tcherepnin & Singapore Symphony Orchestra (27:04)
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Noriko Ogawa Primary Artist
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