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Known to Tchaikovsky as the ‘Russian Bach’ and to Rachmaninov as ‘a master composer [and] a pinnacle of musical Moscow’, Sergey Taneyev was one of the most highly regarded and influential musical figures of his time.
His unfinished Symphony No. 2, begun while Taneyev was a student at the Moscow Conservatoire, was recognised by his teacher, Tchaikovsky, as a work of considerable promise. It is heard here in Vladimir Blok’s edition, first performed in 1977.
Taneyev’s Symphony No. 4, composed twenty years later, is a large-scale masterpiece considered by many to be his finest orchestral work.
Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev: Symphony No. 2 in B flat major
I. Introduction and Allegro
Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 12