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TANEYEV, S.I.: Suite de Concert / Ioann Damaskin (John of Damascus) (Kaler, Gnesin Academy Chorus, Russian Philharmonic, T. Sanderling)

Composer(s):Taneyev, Sergey Ivanovich
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredOrchestral
Catalogue 8.570527
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Inspired by a poem by Aleksey Tolstoy, Taneyev’s cantata John of Damascus was the first work that the self-critical Russian composer deemed worthy of an opus number, its sublime music drawing on an ancient sacred chant woven into rich passages of expressive counterpoint. A quarter of a century later, the virtuosic and scintillating Suite de concert, Taneyev’s first work for solo violin and orchestra, was also successfully premièred. Thomas Sanderling’s first disc in the Naxos Taneyev series (Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 / 8.570336) was praised by The Guardian for its “strongly characterised performances”.


Review By Michael Kube,Fono Forum,March 2010

8.570527_Fono Forum_032010_gr.pdf

Review By Robert R. Reilly,,October 2009

Another new Naxos release will leave you with no doubt about Taneyev’s ability to write beautiful choral music, as it offers his John of Damascus Cantata, Op. 1, which draws more on Russia’s sacred music tradition than it does on opera. It is accompanied by the Suite de Concert for violin and orchestra, a very engaging and entertaining work. Thomas Sanderling does another superb job, this time with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gnesin Academy Chorus, and the very fine soloist, violinist Ilya Kaler.


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