Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Taneyev, Sergey Ivanovich. (1856-1915) Complete String Quartets, Volume 3..

From my collection.
Bought in 2013.
First listen: 11-9-2013.
Second listen: 18-12-2013.
Third listen: 12-4-2017.
Label: Naxos.
Recording dates: December 2010.
Recording venue: Audiolab, Boise, Idaho, USA.
Recording engineer: James Lamar.
Running time: 62:15.
Classical relevance to me: Essential.

Works performed:
SQ No. 7 in E flat major.
SQ No. 5 in A major, opus 13.

Performed by:
Carpe Diem String Quartet.

I think volume III one of the very best of this series which has been as a whole a very successful journey. There has been a lot of criticisms towards these performances but I for one disagree with this stance. Carpe Diem is an excellent ensemble of enthusiast musicians. The fresh approach and their lively activity, and above all, musical integrity made every step a winning exercise in music making.
Well crafted and balanced music, this must be the food for thought for every String Quartet ensemble. Their sheer richness of melodies and their utter ability to stun by beauty is an amazing feat of Taneyev's music. Both quartets are highly attractive melodically, and it has enough dramatic intensity coupled with a refreshing energy. Brilliantly written, so the outcome is always complimentary to your mood. Harmony and counterpoint are high on Taneyev's list, and he makes good use of it. Romantic in nature, the music sort of embraces you, like a warm hug. If you get with that top performances and good sound, there is nothing left then to enjoy wholeheartedly.





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