Sergei Taneyev

Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915)

Nationality: Russian
Born: November 25, 1856, Vladimir-na-Klyaz′me Died: June 19, 1915, Dyud′kovo (age 58)

String Quintet No. 2 in C major, Op. 16

(for 2 violins, 2 violas and cello)
13:26 I. Allegro sostenuto
11:48 II. Adagio espressivo
7:38 III. Allegretto. Scherzando
9:52 IV. Finale. Vivace con fuoco - Prestissimo
Duration: 42 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1903-1904 (age 46-48)
Published: 1905, Leipzig: M.P. Belaieff (age 48-49)
Dedication: à la mémoire de M. P. Belaïeff
2 recordings, 8 videos
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13:14
Taneyev Quartet
I. Allegro sostenuto
12:17
Taneyev Quartet
II. Adagio espressivo
7:06
Taneyev Quartet
III. Allegretto. Scherzando
9:46
Taneyev Quartet
IV. Finale. Vivace con fuoco - Prestissimo
13:38
Carpe Diem String Quartet, James Buswell
I. Allegro sostenuto
11:19
Carpe Diem String Quartet, James Buswell
II. Adagio espressivo
8:10
Carpe Diem String Quartet, James Buswell
III. Allegretto. Scherzando
9:58
Carpe Diem String Quartet, James Buswell
IV. Finale. Vivace con fuoco - Prestissimo
From Edition Silvertrust

Sergei Taneyev "In 1905, Sergei Taneyev's String Quintet for 2 violins, 2 violas and cello, dedicated to the memory of the famous Russian chamber music publisher and benefactor M.P. Belaiev, was published. It is a work of almost symphonic proportions. The first movement, Allegro sostenuto is predominantly serious. The magnificent first theme is rhythmically unique, the lyrical second theme is full of pain. The third theme tries to strike a somewhat more friendly mood. The contrapuntal work in this movement is of the highest art. The noble main theme of the Adagio espressivo which follows is a serious melody while the middle section has a lighter air tinged with joy. The lovely third movement, Allegretto scherzando is full of many different tempi and is very close at points to a mazurka. The finale, Vivace e con fuoco, is thematically related to the opening movement. Spirited and full of superb writing topped off by an outstanding fugue at the end."

This was the opinion of Wilhelm Altmann in his Handbook for Chamber music players.

Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915) is one of the greatest Russian composers from the last half of the 19th and early 20th centuries and probably, from this group, the one whose music is the least known in the West. Taneyev came from an aristocratic family that patronized the arts and when Sergei's talent became apparent, his father sent him to the newly opened Moscow Conservatory at the age of 10. His main teachers there were Nicolai Rubinstein for piano and Tchaikovsky for composition. Although he became a brilliant pianist, Taneyev opted for a career as a composer and teacher and soon became a professor at the Conservatory. His fame both as a teacher and as a composer quickly spread. Among his many students were Glière, Rachmaninov, Gretchaninov, Scriabin and Medtner. In Russian concert halls, one always finds a bust of Taneyev alongside those of Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms and Tchaikovsky. Sadly, the fame of this outstanding composer has not spread beyond his homeland.

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