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Read what music critics are saying about Giorgio Koukl as performer and composer, excerpted from media coverage of live concerts, radio broadcasts, and especially about his recent compact discs on Naxos.
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Martinů: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 6
Naxos 8.572024. (53' 18")
Release date: 30 June 2009


"Giorgio Koukl has been a highly persuasive advocate, his playing, even in the most demanding works, being of admirable clarity..."
  —David Denton, David's Reviews

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What a discovery! Long lost, unknown and unperformed manuscripts by Martinu are just coming to light as Giorgio Koukl works his way through the composerís complete piano music. Here we start with a set of 12 Esquisses and two books of Jeux written by Martinu in Paris, all redolent with the naughtiness that invaded the 1930ís. Jazzy rhythms, unexpected changes in metre, and tunes, that donít go quite where you expect, bringing infectious jollity. Orchestrate them and you would have a fabulous ballet score. Yes, there is Poulenc, Satie and Stravinsky in there, but who cares when itís so attractive for the listener. We move back to 1915ówhen the composer was then twenty-fiveófor the Three Lyric Pieces, salon music in lovely cameos. The three pieces that make up the 1921 score, Evening at the Shore, have many influences, particularly those of the French Impressionists, while the Nocturne is not a tranquil night piece, but one of weight with a tolling bell as the backdrop. The mood of substance also applies to the Chanson triste, a student work that shows little of the Martinu characteristics that were to follow. Throughout this series the Czech-born pianist, Giorgio Koukl has been a highly persuasive advocate, his playing, even in the most demanding works, being of admirable clarity, and I am sure that if the catalogue were packed with recordings, this would be the one to have. Exceptionally fine piano sound.

—David Denton, David's reviews, 1 June 2009

More praise for Giorgio Koukl in the Index of Reviews.

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