Mikhail Pletnev, Vadim Repin, Ilya Gringolts, Nobuko Imai, Lynn Harrell - Sergey Taneyev: Chamber Music (2005)

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Mikhail Pletnev, Vadim Repin, Ilya Gringolts, Nobuko Imai, Lynn Harrell - Sergey Taneyev: Chamber Music (2005)

Sergey Taneyev - Chamber Music: Piano Quintet Op.30; Piano Trio Op.22 (2005)
Mikhail Pletnev (piano); Vadim Repin, Ilya Gringolts (violin)
Nobuko Imai (viola); Lynn Harrell (cello)

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 343 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb | Scans ~ 91 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 00289 477 5419 | Time: 01:22:37

Mikhail Pletnev, Vadim Repin, Ilya Gringolts, Nobuko Imai, Lynn Harrell - Sergey Taneyev: Chamber Music (2005)

Apparently a staple in Russia, the music of Taneyev exists on the fringes of the repertoire in the West, something that should be rectified–and will be if this superb CD made by a starry cast of performers gets the attention it deserves. He’s a Romantic composer, but hardly of the heart-on-sleeve variety, since he was a master of counterpoint and firmly encased his Romantic impulses in a well-fitted classical jacket. Sometimes he makes you think of a more modern, pungent Brahms with a Russian accent.

The Piano Quintet, dating from 1911, is a huge chamber work, 44 minutes long in this performance; its 19-minute first movement is longer than many other complete works. After a mournful opening, it builds in drama and intensity, broken by sections that can seem jocular. These players bring it off splendidly. My only nit-pick would be a touch of heaviness in the second-movement Scherzo; I could imagine it done with a lighter touch. But the Largo movement is gorgeous, its stately tread and spare beauty casting a hypnotic spell. The full-bodied, ardent Finale builds to an extended coda in which Taneyev pulls out all the stops. The violins pushed to their outer limits and the slashing fortissimos are of the sort that can bring an audience to its feet cheering.

The Trio dates from 1908 and again is a large-scaled chamber work–38 minutes in this well-nigh ideal performance. Gorgeous melodies abound, and the expressive center of the piece is its relatively brief third-movement Andante, whose dueting strings touch the heart. The Finale is another of those muscular, rhythmic movements that create excitement, but with a fascinating unexpected interruption in the form of a tranquil passage and piano cadenza before resuming the dash to the finish line. Mikhail Pletnev is magnificent in both works, with pianism that’s lucid and expressive. He knows when to take a back seat to his string players and when to step into the spotlight. Vadim Repin and Lynn Harrell join him in the Trio.

All-star lineups don’t always pan out–the 2005 Yankees didn’t make it to the World Series, but Pletnev & Co. certainly have won a championship with this disc. Here’s hoping DG will have them explore more of Taneyev’s rich chamber music lode.

Review by Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com

Sergey Taneyev composed his three piano chamber works in the years 1902-11, on either side of his 50th birthday, when his days as director of the Moscow Conservatoire were well behind him but when he still commanded nationwide respect for his gifts as pianist, administrator and craftsman-composer (one is tempted to put it that way round, given his singularly un-Russian obsession with counterpoint and art for art’s sake).

These pieces were in the first instance vehicles for his own concert performances, and the piano parts are accordingly massive. Compositionally the writing is unfailingly well wrought and resourceful: by no means entirely confined to middle-of-the-road tastefulness, yet rarely, if ever, touched by the kind of distinction evinced by his great pupils, Rachmaninov and Scriabin.

At times, especially in the Piano Quartet, it is like being in the presence of a very large and likeable student, who has never quite found his own voice but who remains intent on getting higher and higher marks for the same type of exercise. Yet at the same time the music has an undeniable sweep, and some of the ideas evidently lodged in the minds of future generations – compare the opening bars of the Quintet with Prokofiev’s First Violin Sonata, for instance, or the opening of the Piano Trio with the third movement of Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto. There is a certain Elgarian gruffness here and there, and a liking for fulminating, low-lying textures that may be off-putting at first encounter but which exerts its own particular charm on closer acquaintance.

The Piano Quintet is the latest and grandest of the three works, its structural layout and textures being indebted in just about equal measure to Tchaikovsky and César Franck. The initially consoling second subject is destined for heroic things in a grandstand résumé at the end of the finale, and on repeated hearings it’s a pleasure to discover its unassuming beginnings. In between, the Scherzo has that touch of fairytale magic that came so naturally to most of the great Russians while the slow movement daringly strips down to a passacaglia theme on the cello before dressing up impressively again. Pletnev and his dream-team string colleagues are passionate advocates, as they are for the more classically conceived (or at least more Schumannesque) Trio. The strings are placed rather far forward, and the acoustic is a fraction too dry for comfort.

It’s a tribute to the Barbican Piano Trio that they hardly ever find themselves outdone in crusading passion, or indeed outplayed technically, by their bigger-name rivals (the performance by Scheja and friends on Vanguard – nla – is also powerful and involving). James Kirkby is as sensitive as Pletnev to the oases of calm in the slow movement of the Trio, where the piano holds the stage in moments of quiet rapture. By contrast, the Piano Quartet launches immediately into its ecstatic stride, risking anticlimax but rescuing itself by constant renewed initiatives. Violist James Boyd makes his presence strongly felt in the dark-hued slow movement. The Dutton recording strays a fraction the other side of the ideal from DG by giving us a little too much of the room acoustic of St George’s, Brandon Hill, Bristol; but once again it is perfectly serviceable.

Both discs come with helpful essays – David Brown for DG, Calum MacDonald for Dutton. And both offer fine introductions to the world of a composer who helps to define the Russian musical psyche if only by negative example, and who at his best tapped a vein of deep, genuine inspiration.

Review by David Fanning, Gramophone

Mikhail Pletnev, Vadim Repin, Ilya Gringolts, Nobuko Imai, Lynn Harrell - Sergey Taneyev: Chamber Music (2005)



Mikhail Pletnev (piano)
Vadim Repin (violin)
Lynn Harrell (cello)
Ilya Gringolts (violin) 1-4
Nobuko Imai (viola) 1-4

Recording: Vevey, Théâtre, 7-8/2003

Tracklist:

Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola, Violoncello and Piano in G minor, op. 30
1. I. Introduzione. Adagio mesto [19:06]
2. II. Scherzo. Presto - Moderato teneramente - Tempo I [6:01]
3. III. Largo [9:36]
4. IV. Finale. Allegro vivace - Moderato maestoso [9:33]

Trio for Violin, Violoncello and Piano in D major, op. 22
5. I. Allegro [12:38]
6. II. Allegro molto - Tema con variazioni - Tempo I - Moderato - Andantino - Tempo I [10:26]
7. III. Andante espressivo [5:24]
8. IV. Finale. Allegro con brio [9:39]


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Mikhail Pletnev, Vadim Repin, Ilya Gringolts, Nobuko Imai, Lynn Harrell - Sergey Taneyev: Chamber Music (2005)

Mikhail Pletnev, Vadim Repin, Ilya Gringolts, Nobuko Imai, Lynn Harrell - Sergey Taneyev: Chamber Music (2005)

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