His output for solo piano was not large, consisting solely of sets of smaller works. I suspect a second CD would cover it entirely. If the rest is as engaging as what is presented here, that CD would be most welcome! Tuttle, International Record Review.
The recording represents an enlightening and very enjoyable intersection of Russian music, art, and literature. Highly recommended. Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review. Join our Newsletter Join our Newsletter. Nikolai Tcherepnin: Piano Music Nikolai Tcherepnin — a student of Rimsky-Korsakov and teacher of Prokofiev — was a Russian-born composer and conductor, and the first of his family's musical dynasty.
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Molto sostenuto. Nikolai Tcherepnin: Piano Music quantity. Solberg Rated 5. Read More. He has written in just about every genre from large orchestral works to chamber ensembles, operas to art song.
His introduction into the contemporary music scene in America was during his first trip to New York City and Boston in the late s to study composition at Tanglewood. He has had a longstanding relationship with Tanglewood both as a student and as the Head of Contemporary Music Activities there from to Knussen enjoys as much success as a conductor as he has as a composer.
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His discography boasts recordings of contemporary music of many historic figures of contemporary music with Knussen at the podium. Painstaking attention to detail is a hallmark of Knussen's scores.
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Dynamics, phrasing, articulation, rhythmic relationships, and, in his piano music, pedaling is all very scrupulously marked. He wants his music played the way he has conceived it. The instrumentation he uses for his orchestral works is imaginative and colorful. This same attention to individual lines and textures is evident in his compositions for solo piano. Each of these pieces was composed in honor, by commission, or in memory of someone in his life.
Sonya's Lullaby was written in celebration of the birth of his daughter, Variations for Piano was commissioned by the renowned pianist Peter Serkin and Prayer Bell Sketch is in memory of his friend and mentor Toru Takemitsu. A fourth solo piano piece has been completed, Ophelia's Last Dance, Op. Through his prolific activities as both composer and conductor, Oliver Knussen is a major contributor to the ongoing tradition of British contemporary art music and a tireless advocate of new music.