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Taneyev: String Trios / Leopold String Trio

Album Summary

>Taneyev, Sergei : Trio for Violin, Viola and Tenor Viola in E flat major, Op. 31
>Taneyev, Sergei : String Trio in B minor
>Taneyev, Sergei : Trio for Strings in D major
Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"He is the greatest master of counterpoint in Russia; I am not even sure there is his equal in the West," was Tchaikovsky's verdict on his protege, champion and friend Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev. Director of music at the Moscow Conservatory from 1885, Taneyev was a uniquely important figure in Russian musical history. Taneyev's works for string trio demonstrate among other things his great contrapuntal abilities. His excursions into this genre were perhaps the first by a Russian composer; certainly the first of such high quality.

'It would be hard to over-praise the Leopold Trio's performances. Agility and all-round aplomb ... Warmth and colour ... Structural and idiomatic awareness ... Fine recording quality and helpful annotation too; so no reason not to invest' (Gramophone)

'The Leopold String Trio ... are arguably the leading such trio in the world ... Taneyev was one of the greatest Russian musicians of his time. His mastery of the craft of composition was legendary among his contemporaries - he was praised especially by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov ... The three string trios on this Hyperion CD make a very important contribution to our knowledge of Russian chamber music of the period ... each stands alone as the individual product of a great musician, making this issue a CD of no little importance ... A fascinating and at times enthralling listening experience ... The music is inherently Russian, beautifully composed and so varied in convincing expression that the attentive listener is at once drawn into the composer's world. This is wonderful music, wonderfully performed and recorded ... Highly recommended' (International Record Review)

'There is ... an individual creative spark, urgency and textural richness that the Leopolds communicate with sensitivity and terrific panache' (Daily Telegraph)

'Star pupil of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov's mentor, Taneyev was also a fine composer, as witness these enchanting, beguilingly performed gems' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Listening to the three trios that the Leopold String Trio present with such commitment and persuasiveness leaves no doubt as to Taneyev's contrapuntal ingenuity and resource ... Excellent recorded sound makes this a rewarding issue in every way' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The competition isn't quite up to their level... the Leopold String Trio versions are, to my ear, as good as it gets' (Fanfare, USA)



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>Taneyev, Sergei : Trio for Violin, Viola and Tenor Viola in E flat major, Op. 31
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (01/17/2008-01/19/2008)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1911

>Taneyev, Sergei : String Trio in B minor
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (01/17/2008-01/19/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Taneyev, Sergei : Trio for Strings in D major
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (01/17/2008-01/19/2008)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879-1880