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Sergei Ivanovich: Suite de concert; Cantata 'Ioann Damaskin'

Album Summary

>Taneyev, Sergei : Saint John of Damaskus, cantata for chorus & orchestra, Op. 1
>Taneyev, Sergei : Suite de concert for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 28
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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 premiered. Thomas Sanderling's first disc in the Naxos Taneyev series was praised by 'The Guardian' for its "strongly characterized performances".

"For my money (not that much with Naxos, I'll admit) this new entry [of the Suite de Concert] boasts the most compelling and rewarding discmate of all in Taneyev's early cantata John of DamascusThomas Sanderling has much to offer - most notably the full-throated sonority of the Gnesin ChoirIf you don't mind Sanderling's more "reverent" approach any quibbles with John of Damascus pale beside what must rank as the finest account of the Concert Suite I've heard in quite some timeThis new Naxos is as good as it gets, and even if you already have the cantata with Pletnev or Chistiakov, at the price consider this one a bonus." - American Record Guide

TimesOfMalta.com
Performances are heartwarming throughout, particularly in the suite, where Ilya Kaler surmounts all technical obstacles with ease and aplomb. Some really fine notes and excellent acoustics complete a splendid issue that should not be missed.



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>Taneyev, Sergei : Saint John of Damaskus, cantata for chorus & orchestra, Op. 1
  • Conductor: Thomas Sanderling
  • Ensemble: Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 5, Russian State Radio & TV, Moscow, Russia (05/02/2007-09/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1883-1884

>Taneyev, Sergei : Suite de concert for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 28
  • Performer: Ilya Kaler (Violin)
  • Conductor: Thomas Sanderling
  • Ensemble: Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 5, Russian State Radio & TV, Moscow, Russia (05/02/2007-09/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908-1909