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Tcherepnin: Piano Concertos 1, 4 & 5 / McLachlan, Clayton


Release Date: 10/24/1995 
Label:  Olympia   Catalog #: 440   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Tcherepnin
Performer:  Murray McLachlan
Conductor:  Julian Clayton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chetham's Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Tcherepnin's concertos are cast in an exuberant, heartfelt romantic manner. Murray McLachlan has an understanding of their laconic gestures and rather gray lyricism.

Murray McLachlan and the Chetham's Symphony Orchestra have already recorded the Second, Third and Sixth of Tcherepnin's piano concertos (Olympia, 11/94); here now are the other three, in their various ways cast in the same exuberant, heartfelt romantic manner. However, there is considerable variety within this general approach. The First, written in Paris in 1920, takes not the slightest interest in what was beginning to occupy French musicians and most other Parisian expatriates at the beginning of that exciting decade: it looks east, to a Georgia which
Read more Tcherepnin had known before exile, and north to an influence from, of all composers, Sibelius. The result is inventive but, predictably, less original than the later concertos. The Fourth, written in 1947, looks further east to China, a country which Tcherepnin had toured in the 1930s and where he met his future wife. It is more a set of three tone-poems, lightly accommodating Chinese musical gestures into the familiar romantic language, than a symphonic concerto. The Fifth belongs to 1963, and is a much more enigmatic work, and also by some way the most original of the entire set of six.

Murray McLachlan is a line advocate of this music, which is technically demanding and, in the Fifth Concerto, also demanding of a subtle understanding if the most is to be made of its laconic gestures and rather greyer lyricism. The Chetham's Symphony Orchestra reaffirm their ability to cope with technically testing scores and, guided by Julian Clayton, to make musical sense of them with the command of more experienced musicians.

-- Gramophone [12/1995]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1, Op. 12 by Alexander Tcherepnin
Performer:  Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Conductor:  Julian Clayton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chetham's Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919-1920; Russia 
Date of Recording: 2/1995 
Venue:  Studio 7, BBC Norch, Manchester, England 
Length: 18 Minutes 44 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 4, Op. 78 by Alexander Tcherepnin
Performer:  Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Conductor:  Julian Clayton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chetham's Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Russia 
Date of Recording: 2/1995 
Venue:  Studio 7, BBC North, Manchester, England 
Length: 29 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 5, Op. 96 by Alexander Tcherepnin
Performer:  Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Conductor:  Julian Clayton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chetham's Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; Russia 
Date of Recording: 2/1995 
Venue:  Studio 7, BBC North, Manchester, England 
Length: 22 Minutes 12 Secs. 

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