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Taneyev: Symphonies no 1 & 3 / Polyansky, et al

Album Summary

>Taneyev, Sergei : Symphony no 1 in E minor
>Taneyev, Sergei : Symphony no 3 in D minor
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Polyansky and the Russian State Symphony have done Taneyev a superb service with these thoroughly prepared, expertly recorded performances... these are still need-to-know pieces for anyone interested in the Russian symphonic repertoire." -Gramophone

Gramophone Magazine
Polyansky and the Russian State Symphony have done Taneyev a superb service with these thoroughly prepared, expertly recorded performances.

BBC Music Magazine
... these symphonies... have the momentum and flow of the true symphonist, particularly in these persuasive performances. Recommended with enthusiasm

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Taneyev's first composed symphony, in E minor, was the work of a 17-year-old student, dutifully ticking the prescribed boxes for his graduation from Moscow Conservatoire. As so often in the academic Russian tradition, the Scherzo is the most striking movement; the finale, by contrast, puts its folksong material through so many harmonic and contrapuntal routines that one almost imagines it crying for mercy.

The Third Symphony, in D minor and dedicated to Arensky, drew Tchaikovsky's praise for its musical content but also his reservations about the 'abstract' (ie non-orchestral) nature of the material. That seems a just assessment. The first movement, like Beethoven's Eroica, Schumann's Rhenish and Nielsen's Espansiva, moves in a liberally cross-accented triple metre (a useful aide-mémoire that these should all be third symphonies). It is in many ways no less ingenious than those works but never achieves lift-off in the way they do; the same goes for the Scherzo, whose strategy for integrating the Trio is resourceful but hardly revelatory. The modest Intermezzo is easy to like as a pleasantly relaxing episode, but would be more effective placed in more dramatic surroundings.

Polyansky and the Russian State Symphony have done Taneyev a superb service with these thoroughly prepared, expertly recorded performances.

The music itself may be too firmly tied to academic apron-strings to be viable in the concert hall, and the composer's verdict in not releasing them was surely the right one. But these are still need-to-know pieces for anyone interested in the Russian symphonic repertoire.



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>Taneyev, Sergei : Symphony no 1 in E minor
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Ensemble: Russian State Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 28 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Taneyev, Sergei : Symphony no 3 in D minor
  • Conductor: Valeri Polyanskii
  • Ensemble: Russian State Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 34 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884