His First Symphony, which can be compared to Tchaikovsky’s Second, impresses with its seriousness, skilful orchestration, and a complete absence of virtuosity for its own sake. It is all the more impressive when we consider that Taneyev was only 17 years old when he wrote it.
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Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev: Symphony No. 3 in D minor
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace alla marcia
III. Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso
IV. Finale: Allegro con brio
Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev: Symphony No. 1 in E minor
II. Andantino, quasi allegretto
III. Scherzo: Vivace assai
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
“Taneyev’s Symphonies 1 & 3 are need-to-know pieces for anyone interested in the Russian symphonic repertoire”
“These strongly characterised performances under Thomas Sanderling suggest that Taneyev’s music does have something to offer, with a personality distinct from that of his fellow countrymen… Sanderling and this highly accomplished orchestra project vividly to make an excellent budget-price introduction to the composer.”
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