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This month we mark the centenary of the death of Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev, on 19 June, 1915.

Taneyev entered the Moscow Conservatory when he was only nine years old. He studied composition with Tchaikovsky and piano with Nikolay Rubenstein, graduating in 1875 as the conservatory's first ever student to win the gold medal for composition and piano performance. Counterpoint held a fascination for Taneyev throughout his life.

His instrumental compositions include a number of chamber works (among them string trios, quartets and quintets, plus a piano quintet), four symphonies and a concert suite with violin; his choral works include a number of songs, two cantatas and the opera Oresteya, which Taneyev considered his finest achievement.

Taneyev was the soloist in the first Moscow performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, a role he repeated in all Tchaikovsky's later works for piano and orchestra. Over time, he assumed more and more responsibilities at the Conservatory, becoming director in 1885. His pupils included Scriabin and Rachmaninov.


Orchestral music



8.570336
Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3

“…Thomas Sanderling (son of Kurt) and his excellent Siberian Orchestra (and I mean it—they are superb) have decided to give this music its due…”
Audiophile Edition

Listen to an extract from
Symphony No. 3:
I. Allegro con spirito


 
8.572067
Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4

“I can give the new Naxos [recording] an
unconditional recommendation.”
Fanfare

Listen to an extract from
Symphony No. 4:
II. Adagio




8.570584
Oresteya: Overture and Entr'acte /
Overture in D Minor / Overture on a Russian theme

“Factor in committed playing and full-blooded sound and you have one of the year’s most entertaining releases so far. Go on, treat yourself.”
MusicWeb International

Listen to an extract from
Overture to Oresteya, Op. 6


 
8.570527
Suite de Concert / Ioann Damaskin
(John of Damascus)

“When it comes to the cantata, Ioann Damaskin, Naxos' Russian chorus, orchestra, and conductor… sounds convincingly authentic.”
Fanfare

Listen to an extract from
John of Damascus, Op. 1:
On the day when a trumpet.





Chamber music



8.570437
String Quartets, Vol. 1. Nos. 1, 3

“A fascinating disc.”
MusicWeb International

Listen to an extract from
String Quartet No. 1, Op. 4:
III. Presto


 
8.572421
String Quartets, Vol. 2. Nos. 2, 4

“Once again the Carpe Diem quartet performs both works with exceptional sensitivity, attention to detail, and virtuosity to spare.”
Classical Lost and Found

Listen to an extract from
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 5:
I. Allegro




8.573010
String Quartets, Vol. 3. Nos. 5, 7

“The Carpe Diem players perform this music with the same devoted intensity as if they were rediscovering a lost work by Tchaikovsky…the players here communicate such delight in the Russian’s quirky inspiration that the ear is led effortlessly on.”
The Strad

Listen to an extract from
String Quartet No. 7:
IV. Allegro molto


 
8.557804
Violin Sonata / Piano Music

“This is a thoroughly winning disc. Ivan Peshkov is wonderful in the two violin works, and Olga Solovieva, as both soloist and accompanist, is one of the best advocates Taneyev has. Urgently recommended.”
Fanfare

Listen to the
Scherzo in F major for piano





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