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TANEYEV, S.I.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 1 (Carpe Diem String Quartet) - Nos. 1, 3

Composer(s):Taneyev, Sergey Ivanovich
Artist(s) Carpe Diem String Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570437
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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A pupil of Tchaikovsky, whom he replaced at the Moscow Conservatory, Sergey Taneyev was a virtuoso pianist and a teacher of Scriabin and Rachmaninov. Although as a composer Taneyev is best known today for his four symphonies, he also composed a sizeable body of chamber music, including six String Quartets. These beautifully crafted works are marked by technical assurance at every turn, as well as dramatic inspiration and intense lyricism. The masterly five-movement Quartet No. 1, in fact Taneyev’s Fifth, includes two notable slow movements, while the lighter Quartet No. 3 features a graceful theme with eight variations, alternately playful and contemplative.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,October 2007

A piano student of Nikolay Rubinstein and composition pupil of Tchaikovsky, it was Sergey Taneyev's years as the influential Director of the Moscow Conservatory that will enter his name into musical history. It was in that period that Rachmaninov, Glier and Scriabin were among the new generation indebted to his teaching, and it was they who proved his undoing. Their outgoing works sealed the fate of Taneyev's own output, his scores failing to capture the outgoing brilliance of his pupils, and after his lifetime quickly dropped from the repertoire. Recently revived interest in his symphonies has shown such neglect has been unjust, his powerful, noble and elegant writing being far from the rough-hewn music of his contemporaries. That elegance is equally evident in his string quartets,

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