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Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915): String Quintet No. 1; Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936): String Quintet / Gringolts Quartet; Christian Poltéra, cello

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  1. Taneyev & Glazunov — String Quintet No. 1 in G Major, Op. 14: I. Allegro con spirito
  2. Taneyev & Glazunov — String Quintet No. 1 in G Major, Op. 14: II. Vivace con fuoco $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Taneyev & Glazunov — String Quintet No. 1 in G Major, Op. 14: IIIa. Tema. Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Taneyev & Glazunov — String Quintet No. 1 in G Major, Op. 14: IIIb. Variation 1 $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Taneyev & Glazunov — String Quintet No. 1 in G Major, Op. 14: IIIc. Variation 2 $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Taneyev & Glazunov — String Quintet No. 1 in G Major, Op. 14: IIId. Variation 3 $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Taneyev & Glazunov — String Quintet No. 1 in G Major, Op. 14: IIIe. Variation 4 $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Taneyev & Glazunov — String Quintet No. 1 in G Major, Op. 14: IIIf. Variation 5 $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Taneyev & Glazunov — String Quintet No. 1 in G Major, Op. 14: IIIg. Variation 6 $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Taneyev & Glazunov — String Quintet No. 1 in G Major, Op. 14: IIIh. Variation 7 $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Taneyev & Glazunov — String Quintet No. 1 in G Major, Op. 14: IIIi. Variation 8 $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Taneyev & Glazunov — String Quintet No. 1 in G Major, Op. 14: IIIj. Variations 9 & 10 $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Taneyev & Glazunov — String Quintet in A Major, Op. 39: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Taneyev & Glazunov — String Quintet in A Major, Op. 39: II. Scherzo. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Taneyev & Glazunov — String Quintet in A Major, Op. 39: III. Andante sostenuto $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Taneyev & Glazunov — String Quintet in A Major, Op. 39: IV. Finale. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Taneyev, Sergei : String Quintet no 1 in G major, Op. 14
>Glazunov, Alexander : Quintet for Strings in A major, Op. 39
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Fine works by any standards, the two string quintets on this disc become even more significant in light of the marginal role accorded to chamber music in the flowering of Russian music during the second half of the 19th century. The common goal of many composers of the period was the creation of a national musical idiom based on Russian folk song, and to them chamber music seemed far too abstract as well as too closely associated with German traditions. There were of course exceptions, and Alexander Glazunov is an obvious example: never a dogmatic nationalist he was himself a competent amateur cellist who learned his craft by playing chamber music, and composed a number of chamber works: in his worklist the Quintet in A major appears between the third and the fourth of his seven string quartets. Glazunov was supported in his work as a composer of chamber pieces by the legendary Mitrofan Belyayev - a lumber magnate turned patron of the arts who founded the important Belaieff musical publishing company. Belyayev was a keen viola player, and it is not unlikely that Glazunov chose to begin his quintet with a solo for that instrument as a tribute to his benefactor, at whose St Petersburg residence the piece was first performed. Although Belyayev was most intimately involved with the composers based in St Petersburg, he also published music by the more western-oriented Moscow-composers, including Sergei Taneyev's passionate, but at the same time tightly constructed String Quintet No. 1 in G major. Taneyev was a friend of Tchaikovsky - who greatly respected his advice while also fearing it - as well as the teacher of Rachmaninov and Nikolai Medtner. The Gringolts Quartet has invited the cellist Christian Poltéra to join them on this the ensemble's first appearance on the BIS label, in a programme that is in turn elegant, lyrical and passionate.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2016
This attractive disc of string quintets from the Gringolts Quartet and (real luxury-casting, this) cellist Christian PoltTra finds Taneyev at his most melodically engaging and Glazunov at his most ideally proportioned... afficionados of either composer will certainly want to hear this recording - and it would make a perfect entry point to the chamber music of Russia's Silver Age.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: SRF Studio, Zürich, Switzerland (12/2014).



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Works Details

>Taneyev, Sergei : String Quintet no 1 in G major, Op. 14
  • Performer: Christian Poltéra (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Gringolts Quartet
  • Running Time: 16 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Glazunov, Alexander : Quintet for Strings in A major, Op. 39
  • Performer: Christian Poltéra (Cello)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891-1892