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Re: Sergei Taneyev's Tent of Twirbling Tones
« Reply #300 on: July 16, 2021, 03:23:33 AM »
Taneyev: String Quartet No. 8 [Taneyev Quartet]





I really like the opening bars of the first movement on the lower register strings. The music is exciting, always lyrical and very appealing. This theme and tone continue throughout the movement but there is plenty of variation and variety to keep one’s interest continually alive. The music is well driven with great energy. The slow movement has some very beguiling and poignant music with simply wonderful harmonic and contrapuntal writing. It is laden with a wonderful depth of intensity of emotion. This is very compelling string quartet writing. The third movement, Minuetto, is charming and elegant but it is also robust in its delivery. The Finale is buoyant, intense and optimistic in tone.

Once again I cannot understand why Taneyev never published this work. To my ear, this sounds like mature and wonderfully innovative and exciting string quartet writing by any standard.
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Re: Sergei Taneyev's Tent of Twirbling Tones
« Reply #301 on: July 16, 2021, 04:09:25 AM »
Taneyev: String Quartet No. 8 [Taneyev Quartet]





I really like the opening bars of the first movement on the lower register strings. The music is exciting, always lyrical and very appealing. This theme and tone continue throughout the movement but there is plenty of variation and variety to keep one’s interest continually alive. The music is well driven with great energy. The slow movement has some very beguiling and poignant music with simply wonderful harmonic and contrapuntal writing. It is laden with a wonderful depth of intensity of emotion. This is very compelling string quartet writing. The third movement, Minuetto, is charming and elegant but it is also robust in its delivery. The Finale is buoyant, intense and optimistic in tone.

Once again I cannot understand why Taneyev never published this work. To my ear, this sounds like mature and wonderfully innovative and exciting string quartet writing by any standard.

You share very similar thoughts and impressions here as I do, Fergus.

It is simply a real head scratcher as to why he did not publish his first three quartets (No. 7-9) as they are of high quality.

While the 7th quartet saw my favourite movements 3rd and 4th, the 8th quartet sees the flip side of the 1st and 2nd movements being my favourites.

In particular, a very heartfelt and gripping slow movement.

The 3rd movement minuet definitely seems to draw inspiration from Mozart.

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Re: Sergei Taneyev's Tent of Twirbling Tones
« Reply #302 on: July 16, 2021, 06:03:03 AM »

The 3rd movement minuet definitely seems to draw inspiration from Mozart.

I understand that Taneyev shared his reverence for Mozart with one of his teachers, Peter Tchaikovsky.
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Re: Sergei Taneyev's Tent of Twirbling Tones
« Reply #303 on: July 16, 2021, 06:04:30 AM »
I understand that Taneyev shared his reverence for Mozart with one of his teachers, Peter Tchaikovsky.

Yes, that's absolutely correct!

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Re: Sergei Taneyev's Tent of Twirbling Tones
« Reply #304 on: July 17, 2021, 11:20:24 AM »
Taneyev: String Quartet No. 9 [Taneyev Quartet]





What a wonderful opening this work has. It is lusciously lyrical and is filled with wonderfully joyous passages. The tone becomes a little darker and more poignant as the movement progresses but the cycle comes full circle. It is still richly rewarding and satisfying music. The slow movement is divine, plaintive lament with a rich tapestry of harmonies throughout. The scherzo is a bit of a contradiction for me; it is simultaneously both lively and tame. I really like this juxtaposition. The final movement is also very fine and I really like the counterpoint writing. That certain level of poignancy that pervades this work is evident here also along with good tension and excitement and I find it to be very attractive and appealing music.

Whatever he may have thought about String Quartets Nos. 7 & 8 Taneyev was simply nuts not to have published this work. I would really like to know his reasons for not doing so. 
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Re: Sergei Taneyev's Tent of Twirbling Tones
« Reply #305 on: July 18, 2021, 02:19:14 AM »
Taneyev: String Quartet No. 9 [Taneyev Quartet]





What a wonderful opening this work has. It is lusciously lyrical and is filled with wonderfully joyous passages. The tone becomes a little darker and more poignant as the movement progresses but the cycle comes full circle. It is still richly rewarding and satisfying music. The slow movement is divine, plaintive lament with a rich tapestry of harmonies throughout. The scherzo is a bit of a contradiction for me; it is simultaneously both lively and tame. I really like this juxtaposition. The final movement is also very fine and I really like the counterpoint writing. That certain level of poignancy that pervades this work is evident here also along with good tension and excitement and I find it to be very attractive and appealing music.

Whatever he may have thought about String Quartets Nos. 7 & 8 Taneyev was simply nuts not to have published this work. I would really like to know his reasons for not doing so.

I'm on holidays at the moment, but just taking a few minutes during morning coffee to say that I appreciated you sharing thoughts and impressions on the 9th quartet. It's definitely one of my favourites of the nine quartets, with the Scherzo being the favourite Scherzo of the group of nine.  :)

Had Taneyev lived a longer full life, I suspect he might have reconsidered and end up publishing these three quartets.

And now, the published 1-6 await your ears.  ;D

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« Reply #306 on: July 18, 2021, 02:50:20 AM »

And now, the published 1-6 await your ears.  ;D

I can't wait!
Enjoy your holiday, Ray  :)
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Re: Sergei Taneyev's Tent of Twirbling Tones
« Reply #307 on: July 21, 2021, 12:31:26 AM »
Taneyev: String Quartet No. 1 [Taneyev Quartet]




 
I really like the forlorn lament that is the opening movement. It is filled with poignancy and emotional power. The writing is superb. The same powerful emotional tone pervades the second movement and the harmonies are simply glorious; such superb writing. The third movement is terrifically exciting as the music sweeps along in a flurry. Did Taneyev only write sublime slow movements? The fourth movement would definitely suggest so! The final movement is filled with light hearted buoyancy, gaiety and fun which is a wonderful contrast in tone to finish with; a note of optimism, perhaps?
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Re: Sergei Taneyev's Tent of Twirbling Tones
« Reply #308 on: Today at 03:35:05 AM »
Taneyev: String Quartet No. 2 [Taneyev Quartet]





I really like the opening sequence. A keen sense of excitement pervades throughout the first movement. This is based on a solid foundation of strong melodic and harmonic writing. I particularly like the cello voice here. There is a bit more of a dark, menacing, threatening tone in the scherzo. The trio section is wonderful and is a fine contrast. This time I am appreciating the viola work. The music in the slow movement is always very intense. A sense of poignancy also pervades the music. The occasional use of particular recurring themes also adds to the degree of tension. This is very fine string quartet writing. The final movement bursts into a dance-like jaunt. It is filled with energy, excitement and it is well driven.
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