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Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 3 - Quartets nos 5 & 7 / Carpe Diem Quartet

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>Taneyev, Sergei : Quartet for Strings no 7 in E flat major
>Taneyev, Sergei : Quartet for Strings no 5 in A major, Op. 13

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>Taneyev, Sergei : Quartet for Strings no 7 in E flat major
>Taneyev, Sergei : Quartet for Strings no 5 in A major, Op. 13
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Notes & Reviews:

Expedition Audio Recommended
The sample provided for you to hear is the fourth movement Presto from the String Quartet No. 5. which will give you a good feeling for the for how this finely crafted music sounds. You can also hear further samples from several movements on the video below. This superb recording, with its low Naxos price point, could hardly be more highly recommended. ... read more ...

Sergey Taneyev was a pivotal figure in Russian musical life. A student and later close friend of Tchaikovsky, he was the teacher of Rachmaninov and Scriabin. Taneyev's chamber music is some of the most distinguished music of its time, expertly crafted and revealing a masterly control of form. His quartets are especially notable. No. 7 in E flat major is an early work whose classicism recalls Mozart and Beethoven but whose expressive power is concentrated in its lovely slow movement. No. 5 in A major, Op. 13 is a melodically appealing work, at times energetic and dramatic, at others playful and exuberant.

MusicWeb International, 26th September 2013
Whilst never sounding truly impassioned, and certainly not Russian, the Carpe Diems display a good deal of poise and commitment to Taneyev's deserving cause.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
Taneyev's quartets are among his most significant works, and this is Volume 3 of Carpe Diem's cycle. Quartet 7 is an early work that owes much to Beethoven's quartets, and I feel justified in saying that at age 24 Taneyev had mastered both the quartet form and the late classical style. This work also shows his love of counterpoint: the first and last movements have finely crafted canons. Quartet 5, composed in 1903, also shows a deep connection to the music of earlier periods, like the quartets of Beethoven and Haydn. It is an attractive work, characterized by melodic charm, playful wit, and above all, a perfect sense of form. I look forward to the rest of their cycle.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: AudioLab, Boise, ID (12/18/2010-12/20/2010).



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>Taneyev, Sergei : Quartet for Strings no 7 in E flat major
  • Ensemble: Carpe Diem String Quartet
  • Notes: AudioLab, Boise, ID (12/18/2010-12/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Taneyev, Sergei : Quartet for Strings no 5 in A major, Op. 13
  • Notes: AudioLab, Boise, ID (12/18/2010-12/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902-1903