Monday, February 20, 2017
Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev, Complete String Quartets 5, Carpe Diem String Quartet
This, I assume the final volume in the series, affirms both Taneyev's largely unheralded stature in the quartet literature and Carpe Diem's authoritative performances.
Quartet No. 8 is filled with marvelous contrapuntal inventions, sounding for all generalities as a sort of Russian Beethoven in the late romantic-pre-modern zone. Anyone who might appreciate previously unknown, extraordinarily crafted and spirited quartet-quintet gems will readily take to this volume 5 in particular and all five in general, from what I have heard of them.
Taneyev is but one, yet nevertheless an important one of the too little examined treasures of the Russian 20th century as a whole.
Recommended for chamber music fans and Russophiles!