Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Taneyev, Sergey Ivanovich. (1856-1915) & Korsakov, Nikolay Rimsky. (1844-1908) Orchestral works.

From my collection.
Bought in 2010.
First listen: 19-3-2010.
Second listen: 9-4-2011.
Third listen: 29-11-2016.
Label: Chandos.
Recording dates:  February 2008.
Recording venue: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow.
Recording engineer: Ralph Couzens.
Running time: 64:53.
Classical relevance: Essential.

Works performed: 
Rimski Korsakov.
Fantasy on Russian Themes, opus 33.

Taneyev.
Suite de Concert, opus 28.

Works performed by:
Lydia Mordkovitch, Violin. 
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi.

I have to say right at the start that I am a huge fan of the late Lydia Mordkovitch, who died in December 2014, and is much lamented by me. This disc reminded me again what a passionate artist she was, and how easily she played a ravishing pianissimo, and a thundering crescendo with as much ease as filling a glass of water. A force of nature, and a sublime violinist, one of the last from an old tradition.
Two pieces on this CD which prove my point abundantly. The fantasy by Rimski-Korsakov is one of my favourites in the genre, and is a showcase for the talents of Mordkovitch. Just listen at these hushed notes in the first movement, and the fire in the third movement. All the elements to make her shine, and grace RK. I for one am immediately intimidated by the colours she paints.
Taneyev's piece is a more difficult work to approach, and can very easily fail when played by someone who doesn't understand the nature of this piece. It would not be Taneyev if he would not surprise you with his erratic way of writing, a sort of an modernism that escapes me at times. But this said, it is undoubtedly one of Taneyev's best pieces, and gives Mordkovitch many possibilities to shine. I am always spellbound when listening to her. Järvi is a very sensitive accompanist, and his orchestra follows him and her at every turn, never interrupting the flow of Mordkovitch art. They merge as one body, and the result is magical every step of the way.
The recording is very good as can be expected from Chandos.



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