Taneyev: The Complete Quintets

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Taneyev: The Complete Quintets

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Supraphon

Catalogue No:

SU41762

Discs:

2

Release date:

16th Feb 2015

Barcode:

0099925417628

Length:

2 hours 4 minutes

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CD (download also available)
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Taneyev: The Complete Quintets


Taneyev, S:

Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 30

Olga Vinokur (piano)

String Quintet in G major, Op. 14

Jiri Barta (cello)

String Quintet in C major, Op. 16

Jitka Hosprova (viola)


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Recorded in Prague at the Martinů Hall, Academy of Music, October 28-30, 2013 (CD1), and at the Domovina Studio, March 21-23 and May 16-18, 2014 (CD2).

“Taneyev is one of the few with genuine promise – he will be a magnificent pianist and splendid composer,” is how N. G. Rubinstein praised his pupil. When it comes to Taneyev’s compositions, there is still plenty to discover. Born in Imperial Russia, at the age of 10 Taneyev enrolled at the Moscow Conservatory to study the piano (with Rubinstein) and composition (with Tchaikovsky). While in Paris, he made the acquaintance of Turgenev, Gounod, Flaubert, Saint-Saëns and other great artists. At the tender age of 28, he assumed the post of director of the Moscow Conservatory, where his pupils included Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Glière. The detailed elaborateness of Taneyev’s complex scores bears witness to his thorough exploration of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven works, and a sharp intellect that remarkably blends with bold emotionality in lyrical and dramatic areas. The wide colour spectrum has been rendered splendidly by the Martinů Quartet and their guests on a new recording of the complete Taneyev quintets – an album that serves as proof of the artist’s position among the most distinguished European composers.

Sergey Taneyev: Quintet for Piano, Two Violins, Viola and Cello in G Minor, Op. 30

I. Introduzione (Adagio mesto) - Allegro patetico

II. Scherzo. Presto

III. Largo

IV. Finale. Allegro vivace - Moderato maestoso

Sergey Taneyev: Quintet for Two Violins, Viola and Two Cellos in G Major, Op. 14

I. Allegro con spirito

II. Vivace con fuoco

III. Tema con variazioni

Sergey Taneyev: Quintet for Two Violins, Two Violas and Cello in C Major, Op.16

I. Allegro sostenuto

II. Adagio espressivo

III. Allegretto - Scherzando

IV. Finale. Vivace con fuoco - Prestissimo

The Telegraph

21st March 2015

****

“[Taneyev] had a musical heart, often passionately expressed and with a dynamic, romantic impulse. Those are qualities that come across clearly in these performances: they have a strong backbone, but equally are alert to the lithe interplay between the five instruments to create substantial canvases in sound.”

Gramophone Magazine

May 2015

“the artists have an exceptional understanding of what Taneyev is doing…very appealing work, sensitively understood and played”

BBC Music Magazine

June 2015

****

“The string quintets emerge as near-orchestral giants, hard to categorise...The finest performance here is undoubtedly the perfectly-integrated sound of piano (Olga Vinokur, superlative) and string quintets I can imagine performances running a greater gamut of dynamics. But a thousand thanks to the Martinus and their colleagues for enlightenment.”

Classical Music

January 2016

****

“Taneyev’s chamber works are cast on a big scale, infused with a nostalgic late-romanticism that is both winning and slightly cloying. The Martinu Quartet, however, makes the strongest possible case for them”

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