The piano music of Sergei Taneyev (1856–1915) is one of Russian’s hidden secrets. Student and friend of Tchaikovsky, Taneyev – a formidable pianist and composer of the front rank – has never had the attention he deserves. The CD couples a first-ever recording of the only two movements he recorded of his youthful piano concerto with more premiere recordings of music for solo piano from across his career. The Four Improvisations, composed jointly by Taneyev, Rachmaninov, Arensky and Glazunov, bring a composite first recording for all four composers. And The Composer’s Birthday, for narrator and piano, four hands, was written as a light-hearted birthday present for Tchaikovsky.
Joseph Banowetz, piano Russian Philharmonic of Moscow, orchestra Thomas Sanderling, conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, narrator Joseph Banowetz and Adam Wodnicki, piano duet
Theme and Variations in C minor (1876) [tempo indications in square brackets are Pavel Lamm’s editorial suggestions] https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0042/TOCC0042t05.mp3
Four Improvisations (with Arensky, Glazunov and Rachmaninov) (1876) [tempo indications in square brackets are Pavel Lamm’s editorial suggestions] https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0042/TOCC0042t22.mp3
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Catalogue No: TOCC0042EAN/UPC: 5060113440426Release Date: 07.08.2006Composer: Sergei Taneyev Artists: Adam Wodnicki, Joseph Banowetz, Russian Philharmonic of Moscow, Thomas Sanderling, Vladimir Ashkenazy
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Scott Cantrell :
“The prize here is a sampling of Taneyev’s piano music, which sounds like a cross between Schumann and Tchaikovsky. Mr. Banowetz plays gorgeously, with a warm, unforced tone and natural expressivity. He’s joined by faculty colleague Adam Wodnicki in Taneyev’s short, four-hands birthday tribute to Tchaikovsky, performed both with and without narration (spoken in Russian by Vladimir Ashkenazy)…” —Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News
John Kersey :
“This is an extremely worthwhile disc to explore, and hopefully it will be the first of many to bring Taneyev back into the spotlight.” —John Kersey, International Piano
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