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Sergei Tanyev: String Quintets Opp. 14 & 16 / Utrecht String Quartet; Alexander Zemtsov, viola; Pieter Wispelwey, cello

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

A musical cosmopolitan and a Russian patriot, a highly educated historian and a progressive who was skeptical about progress: there were differences of opinion about Sergei Taneyev even during his lifetime. The Utrecht String Quartet has set itself the task of his long overdue rehabilitation. Dutch musicians, together with Peter Wispelwey and Alexander Zemtsov present his two string quintets in a new recording shedding new light on Russian music from around the turn of the 20th century.

The much-acclaimed inner turmoil of the "Russian soul" is celebrated here in a stirring manner. Perfect for the Utrecht String Quartet, which once again has made a valuable (re-)discovery!

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
I first learned these quintets from a Northern Flowers reissue of LPs made by the Taneyev Quartet (N/D 2007). The Taneyevs are more urgent and emotional at many points and so this newcomer from MDG is much appreciated. The Utrechters - no strangers to Russian romanticism, having already recorded all the quartets of Tchaikovsky and Glazounov - assisted by MDG's warm but close sound, have a winner here. Highly recommended to all lovers of well-crafted, emotionally-rewarding chamber music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 02/10/2015/02/11/2015; 06/29/2015/06/30/2016.



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>Taneyev, Sergei : String Quintet no 1 in G major, Op. 14
  • Performers: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello); Alexander Zemtsov (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Utrecht String Quartet
  • Notes: 02/10/2015-02/11/2015; 06/29/2015/06/30/2015
  • Running Time: 37 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Taneyev, Sergei : String Quintet no 2 in C major, Op. 16
  • Performers: Pieter Wispelwey (Cello); Alexander Zemtsov (Viola)
  • Notes: 02/10/2015-02/11/2015; 06/29/2015/06/30/2015
  • Running Time: 40 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1903-1904