- Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 26
- Concerto for piano & orchestra, No 4 "Fantaisie"
- Concerto for piano & orchestra No. 6, Op.99
Tcherepnin: Piano Concertos Nos. 2, 4 & 6by Murray McLachlan
Twentieth century Russian composer Alexander Tcherepnin was a composer after the twenty-first century's own heart, devising his own diatonically based harmonic systems, methods of composition, and attempting to fuse musical elements between the Far East and West into a combination he referred to as "Eurasian." Tcherepnin's output is as technically assured and artistically rewarding as it is enormous, but many of the recordings that are available seem rather old and a lot of them are out of print. This Regis Forum issue, Alexander Tcherepnin: Piano Concertos 2, 4, 6, is a reissue of material that appeared in the early to mid-'90s on the now-defunct Olympia label, featuring pianist Murray McLachlan with the symphony orchestra belonging to Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, England. Regis has been reissuing a fair amount of the recordings McLachlan made for Olympia, which makes sense as McLachlan remains a very active and popular pianist in England, heading the piano department at "Chet's." McLachlan recorded two volumes of Tcherepnin's solo piano music for Olympia and his cycle of six mature piano concertos; this combination of concertos "No. 2," "No. 4," and "No. 6" did not exist on Olympia, which organized its selection rather differently. The sound is decidedly better on the Regis issue, which is still a tad quiet like the Olympia originals, but mastered a little more carefully. These are all important works -- the "Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 26," was the work that first gained Tcherepnin attention in the Paris of the 1920s. The "Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 78," is one of the most extended of his "Eurasian" works, and includes the movement "Yan Kuei Fei's Love Sacrifice," which is one of the finest contributions Tcherepnin made to this genre. The "Piano Concerto No. 6, Op. 99," dating from 1965, is his longest and most serious piano concerto and in various ways reflects interests spanningTcherepnin's whole career. One aspect of this issue that is immediately apparent is that the orchestra doesn't seem as sharp and focused as on other concerto recordings of its kind -- the orchestra at "Chet's" is a student orchestra, all of whose members are normally between 8 and 17 years of age. Therefore, while the ripieno may sound a little flaccid in comparison to the Vienna Philharmonic, for an orchestra made up of children they are excellent. These recordings, though, are no longer the only ones in the field, as since 1994 and 1995 when they were made Noriko Ogawa has recorded these Tcherepnin concerti for BIS with the Singapore Symphony, albeit spread over two discs. That can be an expensive proposition; the Regis Forum issue is on one, so the economically minded listener looking just to hear these splendid concerti would do well to obtain it.
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Performance CreditsMurray McLachlan Primary Artist
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