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TANEYEV, S.I.: Violin Sonata / Piano Music (Peshkov, Solovieva)

Composer(s):Taneyev, Sergey Ivanovich
Artist(s) Solovieva, Olga, piano • Peshkov, Ivan, violin
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.557804
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Somewhat unusually for a pianist-composer of his calibre, Taneyev wrote few works for that instrument alone, although each establishes its own memorable mood. The Violin Sonata, subtitled ‘Of medium difficulty’, belongs to his mature compositional period and is notable for its blend of technical virtuosity and meditative inwardness. The Theme and Variations pays tribute to Taneyev’s teacher and colleague Tchaikovsky. Several of the solo piano pieces here receive their world première recordings.


Review By John Terauds,Toronto Star,January 2010

Young Russians—violinist Peshkov and pianist Solovieva—shine some much-needed light on a composer from their homeland who deserves to be heard far more often: Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev. This erudite, well-travelled composer and pianist was a master of traditional counterpoint and helps fill in evolutionary blanks between the styles of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. Peshkov makes a compelling case of 1911’s dramatic Violin Sonata, while Solovieva is fearless in tacking a selection of Teneyev’s virtuosic pieces for piano solo. The finest pieces on this generous disc filled with world-premiere recordings are a Theme and Variations from 1874 and a Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp Minor.


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