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Taneyev: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 5 / Buswell, Carpe Diem String Quartet


Release Date: 12/02/2016 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573671   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Taneyev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carpe Diem String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the fifth and final volume of Carpe Diem's highly acclaimed cycle of Taneyev's nine complete string quartets which are notable not only for the composer's famed meticulous craftmanship but for their attractive lyrical sweep. Infused with the spirit of Haydn and Mozart, the harmonically adventurous Eighth Quartet includes a beautiful and romantic Adagio. The Second String Quintet is a monumental work in every sense, standing firmly alongside the later quartets. This is the fifth and final volume of Carpe Diem's highly acclaimed cycle of Taneyev's nine complete string quartets which are notable not only for the composer's famed meticulous craftmanship but for their attractive lyrical sweep. Infused with the spirit of Haydn and Mozart, the harmonically adventurous Eighth Quartet includes a beautiful and romantic Adagio. The Second String Quintet is a monumental work in every sense, standing firmly alongside the later quartets. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 8 in C major by Sergei Taneyev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carpe Diem String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
2.
Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Viola and Cello in C major, Op. 16 by Sergei Taneyev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carpe Diem String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Russia 

Customer Reviews

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 Gorgeous Music/Luxurious Performance November 25, 2017 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "This sensational recording completes the Carpe Diem String Quartet's traversal of the 9 string quartets of Russian composer Sergey Tanayev. I have found the entire cycle to be outstanding in every respect, and it now appears that Naxos has saved the best for last. String Quartet #8 in C Major leads off the program, and its opening Allegro movement is nearly symphonic in its depth of sound and remarkable agility. Following is an extended Adagio, noteworthy for its ravishing emotional beauty, with a stately Minuet and an exhilerating Allegro finale completing a totally satisfying and convincing 33 minute long string quartet extravaganza. Then the Carpe Diem Quartet is joined by violist James Buswell for nothing less than a chamber music tour de force- Tanayev's 43 minute long C Major String Quintet from 1905, a year of massive political upheaval in Tanayev's Russia. This may have influenced Tanayev, as this work has everything- sweeping lyricism, dramatic tension, lovely pathos, and a substantial gravitas reflected in the depth of sound provided by the extra viola. In my opinion, Naxos has produced a true gem of a chamber music recording with this program of consistently high quality. The Carpe Diem plays this music with fire and elan, clearly relishing the opportunity to make an utterly powerful case for Tanayev's work. Needless to say, Naxos' audio engineering is again top notch, and the inevitable result is a recording which demands to be heard. My advise to all chamber music fans- 'Don't hesitate on this one; it's simply superb.'" Report Abuse
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