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TANEYEV, S.I.: Oresteya: Overture and Entr'acte / Overture in D minor / Overture on a Russian theme (Novosibirsk Academic Symphony, T. Sanderling)

Composer(s):Taneyev, Sergey Ivanovich
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SecularOperaOrchestral
Catalogue 8.570584
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The Temple of Apollo at Delphi is the best-known excerpt from Taneyev’s only opera, Oresteia, the mammoth overture to which has all the force of a Romantic symphonic poem. His Overture on a Russian Theme is based on the same folksong that Rimsky-Korsakov used in his own Fantasy on Russian Themes while the shorter works demonstrate in various ways Taneyev’s scrupulous craftsmanship. Thomas Sanderling and the Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed recording of Taneyev’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 is available on Naxos 8.570336.


Review By Robert R. Reilly,,October 2009

The very dramatic [Oresteya] Overture begins with double basses digging in as deeply as the deepest Russian basses you have ever heard. This is a thrilling, fantastic piece that easily explains Tchaikovsky’s high praise of Taneyev’s music and increases my eagerness to hear the whole opera. I am not familiar with the Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra, but under conductor Thomas Sanderling, they play this music to the hilt. No aficionado of Russian music should miss this.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,June 2009

It was Sergey Taneyev’s pupils, Rachmaninov, Gliere, Scriabin, and their new generation of Russian compatriots, whose highly coloured symphonic music sealed his fate as a composer. His works had been inhabited by long flowing melodic invention, free from the angst and rhetoric of his mentor, Tchaikovsky.The Overture in D minor was his graduation piece that came from the nineteen-year-old, a score where you expect that the underlying feel of drama will eventually erupt, but instead there are many musical hills but the promise of a mountain never emerges. Fourteen years later came his one and only opera, Oresteia, a dark story of murder and adultery, Taneyev painting that picture in an overture that includes major thematic material from the opera. It brings



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