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Taneyev: At the Reading of a Psalm
Taneyev, Ussr Symphony, Svetlanov
Taneyev: At the Reading of a Psalm
Genre: Classical
 
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Taneyev was a pupil of Tchaikovsky and a teacher of Prokofiev. Russians consider him a major composer, but his few well-crafted, deeply satisfying works have never been well known outside his native country. This disc of...  more »

      
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All Artists: Taneyev, Ussr Symphony, Svetlanov
Title: Taneyev: At the Reading of a Psalm
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Russian Disc
Release Date: 12/1/1995
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 748871004429

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Taneyev was a pupil of Tchaikovsky and a teacher of Prokofiev. Russians consider him a major composer, but his few well-crafted, deeply satisfying works have never been well known outside his native country. This disc offers the first recording of Taneyev's last major work, an hour-long cantata showing the influences of earlier choral composers yet filled with inspiration and individuality. Alas, this premiere features solo singers with unattractive voices, indifferent conducting, and some truly awful brass playing. The 1977 radio tape is blurry and untrue in sound. This CD is a stopgap at best. --Leslie Gerber
 

CD Reviews

Taneyev: At the Reading of a Psalm
leo marcus | Santa Monica, CA | 01/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a masterwork by an unjustly neglected composer. Perhaps the pleasures will only be discovered upon repeated hearings, but it is worth the effort.The recording is of a live concert, and the performance is not best possible, but don't wait for another."
Wonderful Music - Ghastly recording
Alasdair Brooks | Melbourne Australia | 09/29/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Taneyev is - perhaps quixotically - my favourite Russian composer, and in Russia this cantata is apparently considered to be his masterpiece. On the basis of this CD, you'd never agree. While a careful listener or Taneyev fan will find much to enjoy, the recording is truly ghastly. I find the shrill sopranos particularly off-putting, and the upper registers in general remind me of fingernails on chalkboards. I'd still recommend this to people interested in this period or composer, but I can only hope that a better recording will come along soon. First-time Taneyev buyers should stick to the Oresteia overture, St. John of Damascus (both on Chandos) or the piano quintet (on Arabesque)"