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Arensky and Taneyev: Piano Quintets / Piers Lane, piano; Goldner Quartet

Album Summary

>Taneyev, Sergei : Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 30
>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Piano Quintet in D major, Op. 51
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This recording presents two chamber masterpieces from nineteenth-century Russia, performed by Piers Lane and the Goldner String Quartet. Taneyev's Piano Quintet in G minor is possibly the greatest work in the Russian piano-chamber repertoire before Shostakovich's Piano Quintet of 1940. Only the extravagance of its technical demands can explain its failure to establish itself in the standard repertoire. Arensky's Piano Quintet is less monumental and less flamboyant, though not exactly short of fireworks, especially in the piano writing. It is a deeply attractive and enjoyable work - and equally little-known on the concert platform.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
The Quintet of Anton Arensky (1861-1906) is also marvelous. Arensky's gifts are abundantly apparent here, most notably his melodic genius - the themes are divine - and his mastery of counterpoint and orchestration. II is especially striking, a very inspired set of variations. The performance is riveting and perfectly recorded.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (12/17/2012-12/19/2012).



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>Taneyev, Sergei : Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 30
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Goldner String Quartet
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (12/17/2012-12/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1910-1911

>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Piano Quintet in D major, Op. 51
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (12/17/2012-12/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music