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Sergey Taneyev: The Complete Quintets / Martinu SQ; Olga Vinokur, piano; Jiri Barta, cello; Jitka Hosprova, viola

Album Summary

>Taneyev, Sergei : Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 30
>Taneyev, Sergei : String Quintet no 1 in G major, Op. 14
>Taneyev, Sergei : String Quintet no 2 in C major, Op. 16
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"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 Martinu 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's quintets - beauty worthy of discovery.


Works:

Quintet for Strings in G major, Op. 14 by Sergei Taneyev
Orchestra/Ensemble: Martinu Quintet
Period: Romantic
Written: Russia

Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Taneyev
Performer: Olga Vinokur (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Martinu Quintet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1911; Russia

Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Viola and Cello in C major, Op. 16 by Sergei Taneyev
Orchestra/Ensemble: Martinu Quintet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1904; Russia



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.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Texturally, both string quintets are incredibly rich and complex, which is something I always love about Taneyev. While I have some reservations about the interpretation of the Piano Quintet, this is a very worthwhile release.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Martinu Hall, Academy of Music, Prague, Czech Republic (10/28/2013-10/30/2013).



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Works Details

>Taneyev, Sergei : Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 30
  • Performer: Olga Vinokur (Piano)
  • Notes: Martinu Hall, Academy of Music, Prague, Czech Republic (10/28/2013-10/30/2013)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1910-1911

>Taneyev, Sergei : String Quintet no 1 in G major, Op. 14
  • Performer: Jiri Barta (Cello)
  • Notes: Domovina Hall, Prague, Czech Republic (2014-05-16_2014-05-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Taneyev, Sergei : String Quintet no 2 in C major, Op. 16
  • Performer: Jitka Hosprova (Viola)
  • Notes: Domovina Hall, Prague, Czech Republic (2014-05-16_2014-05-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1903-1904