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Notes and Editorial Reviews
A pupil of Tchaikovsky, who called him the "Russian Bach", Sergey Taneyev is best known today for his four symphonies, although he also composed a sizable body of chamber music, including nine complete String Quartets.
Quartet No 9 is a memorably melodic work, while the beautifully crafted No 6, his last completed quartet, is rather more austere, though marked by a playful Jig, and even more masterful in construction.
One of the most unique and sought-after chamber ensembles on the concert stage today, the Carpe Diem String Quartet are also involved in several most noteworthy educational and community outreach initiatives that bring music to those with limited access to it, or are otherwise unable to
access it at all.
Works on This Recording
String Quartet No. 9 in A major by Sergei Taneyev
Carpe Diem String Quartet
Venue: Distler Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tuft
Length: 30 Minutes 31 Secs.
String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Sergei Taneyev
Carpe Diem String Quartet
Venue: Jemison Auditorium, Sanborn Hall, Ohio W
Length: 33 Minutes 46 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Two lovely string quartets from Tchaikovskys stu April 4, 2016
By Warren Harris See All My Reviews
"This CD is the fourth in the series of the Carpe Diem String Quartets project to record the complete chamber music output of Sergey Taneyev, a student of Tchaikovsky and a teacher himself of Rachmaninov and Scriabin. And wonderful music this is, almost Brahmsian in nature (Taneyev himself is occasionally referred to as the Russian Brahms as well as the Russian Bach, the latter due to his strong and dutiful use of counterpoint) but colored with a sense of Russian dignity and pride. String Quartet No. 9 is featured first, and the informative liner notes discuss the fact that the score was donated to the Tchaikovsky museum due to Tchaikovskys handwritten notes on the score. Upon first listen it is clear that the 3rd movement Scherzo is an exceptionally well constructed element, and it is gratifying to note that Tchaikovsky himself felt that this energetic movement was the strongest of the piece. It is delightful, and shows clearly the sense of craftsmanship that is one of Taneyevs strengths. The piece as a whole is extremely pleasing to listen to, with the members of the quartet giving and taking in the musical conversation in a warm and enlightening way. String Quartet No. 6, the other work on this recording, while not nearly as dramatic, is intellectually stimulating and is particularly lyrical in scope and form. The second movement ends in a somewhat reflective and somber way, but not in a way that is filled with sadness. For me, this movement was the crux of the quartet, and the performers brought it to life in an amazing and fulfilling way. The third movement is playful and effervescent, with joyful string playing in the violins leading the way, while the fourth brought the work to a very satisfying close. The members of the Carpe Diem String Quartet seem to fit together seamlessly (which requires a *ton* of work behind the scenes), but the result is amazing emotional shifts that move organically within the lyrical framework provided by the composer. The harmonic material lends itself to both playing in the background, as well as serious active listening and contemplation. I will most certainly be picking up the other recordings in this series. Strongly recommended."