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Tcherepnin: Complete Piano Concertos / Ogawa, Shui, Singapore Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 08/30/2011 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 9232  
Composer:  Alexander Tcherepnin
Performer:  Noriko Ogawa
Conductor:  Lan ShiLan Shui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alexander Tcherepnin was a very good composer, and his six piano concertos, licensed from BIS for this Brilliant Classics release, constitute an impressive body of work, full of color, variety, and contrast. The first two are single-movement pieces, while in the third Tcherepnin expands the formal layout to two movements without exceeding the very modest length of his first two concertos. In the Fourth Concerto things get really interesting: it consists of three short tone poems based on Chinese stories and melodies. Now admit it, who can resist a slow movement called “Yan Kuei’s Love Sacrifice”?

In his last two concertos Tcherepnin returns to the traditional, three-movement form and enriches them with abundant and attractive
Read more thematic material. The style is essentially Russian romantic/modern (think Prokofiev), except of course in the Fourth Concerto. It’s a mystery why this music isn’t better known, but these excellent performances from Noriko Ogawa and the Singapore Symphony under Lan Shui certainly should help. Brilliant Classics’ budget price and recoupling of all the concertos on two CDs (originally they appeared in connection with other orchestral works) also should appeal to collectors who don’t want to make a huge investment. The engineering is perhaps a touch low-level, but otherwise nearly perfect.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 1, Op. 12 by Alexander Tcherepnin
Performer:  Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
Conductor:  Lan Shi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919-1920; Russia 
2. Concerto for Piano no 2, Op. 26 by Alexander Tcherepnin
Performer:  Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
Conductor:  Lan Shui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Paris, France 
3. Concerto for Piano no 3, Op. 48 by Alexander Tcherepnin
Performer:  Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
Conductor:  Lan Shi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1932; France 
4. Concerto for Piano no 4, Op. 78 by Alexander Tcherepnin
Performer:  Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
Conductor:  Lan Shui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Russia 
5. Concerto for Piano no 5, Op. 96 by Alexander Tcherepnin
Performer:  Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
Conductor:  Lan Shui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; Russia 
6. Concerto for Piano no 6, Op. 99 by Alexander Tcherepnin
Performer:  Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
Conductor:  Lan Shui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 

Customer Reviews

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 Tcherepnin's Growth Exhibited April 17, 2013 By P. Nauman (Reno, NV) See All My Reviews "More than competent pianist Noriko Ogawa and a very tight Singapore Symphony under Lan Shui work together perfectly in an album that covers this composers life in his works for keyboard and orchestra. A great deal of depth in the orchestras wind and brass sections highlight Tcherepnin's use of musical texture." Report Abuse
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