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Inspired by a poem by Aleksey Tolstoy, Taneyev’s cantata John of Damascus was the first work that the self-critical Russian composer deemed worthy of an opus number, its sublime music drawing on an ancient sacred chant woven into rich passages of expressive counterpoint.
A quarter of a century later, the virtuosic and scintillating Suite de concert, Taneyev’s first work for solo violin and orchestra, was also successfully premièred.
Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev: Ioann Damaskin (John of Damascus), Op. 1
Idu v nevedomiy mne put' (I begin a journey into the unknown): Adagio ma non troppo
No vechnim snom poka ya splyu (But while I sleep with the eternal sleep): Andante sostenuto
V tot den', kogda truba (On the day when a trumpet): Allegro
Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev: Suite de concert, Op. 28
I. Prelude: Grave
II. Gavotte: Allegro moderato
III. Marchen (The Fairy Tale): Andantino
IV. Theme and Variations: Theme: Andantino
IV. Theme and Variations: Variation 1: Allegro moderato
IV. Theme and Variations: Variation 2: Allegro energico
IV. Theme and Variations: Variation 3: Tempo di valse
IV. Theme and Variations: Variation 4: Fuga doppia: Allegro molto
IV. Theme and Variations: Variation 5: Presto scherzando
IV. Theme and Variations: Variation 6: Tempo di mazurka, Allegro con fuoco