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Taneyev: Concert Suite For Violin, Etc / Kuusisto, Ashkenazy


Release Date: 03/27/2001 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 959   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Taneyev
Performer:  Pekka Kuusisto
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915) composed his last orchestral work, the Concert Suite for Violin and Orchestra, in 1909. Though modeled on the Baroque-era suite, it nonetheless has the feel of a big, Romantic violin concerto, even if it's not particularly distinctive melodically (especially considering he was a pupil of that great tunesmith Tchaikovsky). The work begins with a prelude featuring Bach-like violin recitatives, and then moves on to a charming Gavotte followed by a beautiful and deeply felt interlude titled Fairy Tale. The main movement is the big theme and variations, notable both for its brilliant invention and for its many challenging twists and turns for the violin soloist. Pekka Kuusisto
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Taneyev's opera Oresteya was premiered by the Maryinsky Theatre in 1895, but was soon dropped for reasons that have nothing to do with its musical quality. The lush and exotic thematic material of the two excerpts presented here make you wish for the entire opera. The Temple of Apollo at Delphi entr'acte begins in a misty Mussorgskian atmosphere, but later boasts Wagnerian fanfares. The Oresteya overture is not from the opera, but rather is a separate composition utilizing some of its material. (Strangely enough, part of it sounds a lot like the Fate motif from Bizet's Carmen.) Elsewhere, Taneyev's study with Tchaikovsky is clearly evident in the overall shape of the piece, as well as its ear-catching orchestration (though thematically the clear influence is Rimsky-Korsakov). Vladimir Ashkenazy's idiomatic way with Russian music is fully in evidence here, and he has the highly impressive Helsinki Philharmonic playing with razor-sharp precision and more than ample power. Ondine's recording is sumptuously full-bodied, with plenty of impact.

--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
The Oresteya Overture, Op. 6 by Sergei Taneyev
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Concert Suite for Violin and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 28 by Sergei Taneyev
Performer:  Pekka Kuusisto (Violin)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
3.
The Oresteia: Apollo's Temple in Delphi by Sergei Taneyev
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Russia 

Sound Samples

Suite de concert, Op. 28: I. Prelude: Grave
Suite de concert, Op. 28: II. Gavotte: Allegro moderato
Suite de concert, Op. 28: III. Fairy tale: Andantino
Suite de concert, Op. 28: IV. Theme: Andantino
Suite de concert, Op. 28: IV. Variation 1: Allegro moderato
Suite de concert, Op. 28: IV. Variation 2: Allegro con energico
Suite de concert, Op. 28: IV. Variation 3: Tempo di valse
Suite de concert, Op. 28: IV. Variation 4: Fuga doppia
Suite de concert, Op. 28: IV. Variation 5: Presto scherzando
Suite de concert, Op. 28: IV. Variation 6: Tempo di mazurka - Allegro con fuoco
Suite de concert, Op. 28: IV. Final Variation and Coda
Suite de concert, Op. 28: V. Tarantella: Presto
Oresteya: Act III, Entr'acte: The Temple of Apollo at Delphi
Overture to Oresteya, Op. 6

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