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Taneyev: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1 [CD]

Carpe Diem Quartet , Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev Audio CD
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  • Composer: Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000VIFLXM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Listen  1. String Quartet No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 4: I. Andante espressivo 9:54Album Only
Listen  2. String Quartet No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 4: II. Largo 8:18Album Only
Listen  3. String Quartet No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 4: III. Presto 3:54£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. String Quartet No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 4: IV. Intermezzo: Andantino - Largamente 6:23£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. String Quartet No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 4: V. Finale: Vivace e giocoso 6:11£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. String Quartet No. 3 in D minor, Op. 7: I. Allegro 9:22Album Only
Listen  7. String Quartet No. 3 in D minor, Op. 7: II. Theme and Variations: Andantino grazioso17:32Album Only


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Quatuors à cordes n°1 op.4 & n°3 op.7 / Quatuor à cordes Carpe Diem

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Sergey Taneyev (1856-1918) was an important Russian composer whose music is not nearly as well known as it should be. He has been called the 'Russian Brahms' largely because he was a classicist in the midst of the high romantic era, with a complete mastery of counterpoint and classical forms, an interest in baroque and classical era music and a tendency to write abstract rather than programmatic music. His quartets, of which there are ten (but only six of which are numbered, the others being early works) have been recorded before. My only exposure to those recordings are those of the eponymous Taneyev Quartet. Here we have the beginning of a new series of Taneyev quartet recordings and on the basis of this one release, containing the Quartets No. 1 and 3, I think I will prefer these new ones, largely because of the limpid style of the Carpe Diem Quartet and its tendency to play them without the darker sound and occasional turgidity one hears in the Taneyev's performances. The Carpe Diem are given pellucid recorded sound.

The First Quartet in B Flat Minor, Op. 4, was written in 1890-91 (after he had earlier written four quartets that he never published, although their manuscripts were preserved) and clearly it is not the work of a beginner. It is a five movement, 35-minute work whose musical argument often reminds one of Brahms. Although Taneyev did not generally use obviously Russian materials in his abstract works, there are some tinges of Russianness here and there throughout this score, and it includes a soulful variation on the familiar Russian song 'Ochi chorniye' ('Dark Eyes') in the last movement. The second movement, Largo, is a lyrical outpouring that has some resemblance to similar melancholic movements by Tchaikovsky, Taneyev's teacher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ivanovich the Great!... 19 Nov 2007
By B.E.F. - Published on Amazon.com
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Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev (1856-1915) was a remarkably talented and important Russian artist, nearly forgotten, recently resurrected with excellent issues like these two string quartets on Naxos.

The Op. 4 Quartet in the dark key of bb-minor is a large tight multi-movement work running nearly :35mins.

Quartet Op. 7 in severe d-minor is comprised of two large movements--the second of which is a lovely Andantino grazioso set of theme and variations.

"These beautifully crafted works are marked by technical assurance at every turn, as well as dramatic inspiration and intense lyricism."

Sound is great: absolutely recommended.

Taneyev complete string quartet set continued: String Quartets 2 & 4; Taneyev: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 3 - Nos. 5 and 7
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning of an Important Series of Taneyev Quartet Performances 5 Dec 2007
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sergey Taneyev (1856-1918) was an important Russian composer whose music is not nearly as well known as it should be. He has been called the 'Russian Brahms' largely because he was a classicist in the midst of the high romantic era, with a complete mastery of counterpoint and classical forms, an interest in baroque and classical era music and a tendency to write abstract rather than programmatic music. His quartets, of which there are ten (but only six of which are numbered, the others being early works) have been recorded before. My only exposure to those recordings are those of the eponymous Taneyev Quartet. Here we have the beginning of a new series of Taneyev quartet recordings and on the basis of this one release, containing the Quartets No. 1 and 3, I think I will prefer these new ones, largely because of the limpid style of the Carpe Diem Quartet and its tendency to play them without the darker sound and occasional turgidity one hears in the Taneyev's performances. The Carpe Diem are given pellucid recorded sound.

The First Quartet in B Flat Minor, Op. 4, was written in 1890-91 (after he had earlier written four quartets that he never published, although their manuscripts were preserved) and clearly it is not the work of a beginner. It is a five movement, 35-minute work whose musical argument often reminds one of Brahms. Although Taneyev did not generally use obviously Russian materials in his abstract works, there are some tinges of Russianness here and there throughout this score, and it includes a soulful variation on the familiar Russian song 'Ochi chorniye' ('Dark Eyes') in the last movement. The second movement, Largo, is a lyrical outpouring that has some resemblance to similar melancholic movements by Tchaikovsky, Taneyev's teacher. The second slow movement -- the quartet is in arch form with a central presto -- is more severe than the first, but still lyrical, work leading smoothly into the final movement which casts off any melancholy and dances and sprints to the finish with a pause here and there to luxuriate in the Ochi chorniye variant. This is a magnificent work and deserves to be played more often in concert. The Carpe Diem, who are resident at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, do a exhilarating job of presenting it.

The Third Quartet is a two-movement work finished six years after the First but begun well before it. In two movements, the first is a nine minute sonata allegro with especially gratifying polyphonic writing that utilizes memorable and lovely themes. The finale is a large theme-and-variations lasting almost eighteen minutes. The basic theme is a simple thing, a Mozartean minuet, that lends itself to increasingly ingenious and complex variations. There do not seem to be any melancholy undercurrents here; all is grace and lightness, fitting its designation as an andantino grazioso.

This first volume bodes well for the series. I had never encountered the Carpe Diem String Quartet before but I am eager to hear their continuation of the Taneyev quartets. I'm wondering if they intend to record the earlier quartets as well.

Scott Morrison
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Listen...or Two 8 Dec 2012
By J. R. Trtek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the first of what are at the moment just two discs from Naxos containing string quartets by Sergey Taneyev, who was roughly contemporaneous with Gustav Mahler -- not that the two necessarily have much in common. This release has the Nos. 1 and 3, and for me the former is where the action is. The No. 3 is a bright work of not quite a half hour, split into just two movements. It's pleasant in its way, though I confess I did not find it memorable. More substantial, to my taste, is the No. 1, which sandwiches three relatively brooding movements between a yearning first movement and a relatively optimistic finale. Clocking in at about 35 minutes, this is the real star. There are no fireworks as such, no serious eruptions of angst -- just a lot of introspection with an undercurrent of tenseness, and that's a recipe that I greatly enjoyed. The playing by the Carpe Diem String Quartet was certainly adequate, but not spectacular. Still, this disc gets a thumbs up for that First Quartet.
4.0 out of 5 stars well-wrought and pleasing 1 July 2013
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Taneyev was Rachmaninov's teacher and Tchaikovsky's pupil, and the two quartets here were completed in 1890 (the first) and 1896 (the third). I found them enjoyable to listen to, and they are recorded here in very nice sound by the Ohio-based Carpe Diem Quartet. If I have a reservation, it's that the thematic material has a lot of sameness to it -- the basic figure seems to be kind of gently rocking or lapping melodic fragment whose character seems more like an accompanying figure than anything more memorable. Taneyev's success with it is a result of his ability to speed it up, slow it down, change its rhythmic character (legato, staccato, you name it), pass it among the instruments in a quasi-canonic way, and generally keep it going with great fluency and variety, while never letting the listener lose sight of it as an organizing idea. The texture is never as dense as, say, Brahms's quartets can be -- it's quite airy, in fact, but on the down side, one isn't aware of daring or rigorous development. Such music pleases rather than fascinates. A partial exception should be made for the final (second) movement of the Third Quartet -- 17 minutes of variations on a theme, and these variations push Taneyev to a bit more structural and expressive variety than has heretofore been heard. Well worth hearing, then, but not the most memorable music.
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