Carpe Diem String Quartet Taneyev

Carpe Diem String Quartet - Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev: Complete String Quartets Vol. 1 (2007)

Carpe Diem String Quartet - Taneyev: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 3 (2007)
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Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.570437 | Time: 01:01:37

A pupil of Tchaikovsky, whom he replaced at the Moscow Conservatory, Sergey Taneyev was a virtuoso pianist and a teacher of Scriabin and Rachmaninov. Although as a composer Taneyev is best known today for his four symphonies, he also composed a sizeable body of chamber music, including six String Quartets. These beautifully crafted works are marked by technical assurance at every turn, as well as dramatic inspiration and intense lyricism. The masterly five-movement Quartet No. 1, in fact Taneyev’s Fifth, includes two notable slow movements, while the lighter Quartet No. 3 features a graceful theme with eight variations, alternately playful and contemplative.
Carpe Diem String Quartet - Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev: Complete String Quartets Vol. 4 (2015)

Carpe Diem String Quartet - Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev: Complete String Quartets Vol. 4 (2015)
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Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573470 | Time: 01:05:39

A pupil of Tchaikovsky, who called him the ‘Russian Bach’, Sergey Taneyev is best known today for his four symphonies, although he also composed a sizeable body of chamber music, including nine complete String Quartets. Quartet No. 9 is a memorably melodic work, while the beautifully crafted Quartet No. 6, his last completed quartet, is rather more austere, though marked by a playful Jig, and even more masterful in construction.
Arensky, Taneyev: Piano Quintets - Piers Lane, Goldner String Quartet (2013)

Arensky, Taneyev: Piano Quintets - Piers Lane, Goldner String Quartet (2013)
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Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog Number: 67965

Two chamber masterpieces from nineteenth-century Russia, performed by Piers Lane and the Goldner String Quartet. Taneyev has been known as the ‘Russian Brahms’ and this epithet is particularly apposite when considering his Piano Quintet in G minor, especially as regards both its instrumental writing and its intellectual passion. Composed in 1911, this massive work bids fair for the accolade of the greatest work in the Russian piano-chamber repertoire before Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet of 1940. Only the extravagance of its technical demands can explain its failure to establish itself in the standard repertoire.
Haydn - String Quartets, Op.55 Nos.2-3, Op.64, Op.71 No.1-2 (The Aeolian String Quartet) (2009)

Haydn - String Quartets, Op.55 Nos.2-3, Op.64, Op.71 No.1-2 (The Aeolian String Quartet)
Classical | DECCA 478 1267 | 2009 | TT: 69:55+77:10+57:05 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 945 Mb

The Aeolian Quartet's epic cycle, originally released in the Seventies, was one of the gramophone's major contributions to Haydn's cause. Listening to the performances anew I find they have lost none of their freshness: they were based on the latest research, and the playing itself is always intelligent and thoughtful, with Emanuel Hurwitz's sweet-toned violin-playing a great asset throughout. (Misha Donat)
Elias String Quartet - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol.1 (2015) 2 CDs

Elias String Quartet - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol.1 (2015)
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Genre: Classical | Label: Wigmore Hall Live | # WHL0073/2 | Time: 01:53:30

At the heart of Beethoven’s life’s statement as a composer lies the cycle of sixteen string quartets, which, to this day, has retained a special status and reverence. Since 2012, the Elias String Quartet has been immersed in its Beethoven Project, performing all Beethoven’s string quartets at venues throughout the UK. In this live recording, the ensemble captures both the intimacy and grandeur of the works. With an ever-expanding recording catalogue that has been met with widespread critical acclaim, the quartet is delighted to release this disc, the first volume of its complete Beethoven cycle to be recorded live at Wigmore Hall over the coming Seasons.
Haydn - String Quartets, Op.50 Nos.2-6, Op.54, Op.55 No.1 (The Aeolian String Quartet) (2009)

Haydn - String Quartets, Op.50 Nos.2-6, Op.54, Op.55 No.1 (The Aeolian String Quartet)
Classical | DECCA 478 1267 | 2009 | TT: 62:50+62:16+61:00 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 890 Mb

The Aeolian Quartet's epic cycle, originally released in the Seventies, was one of the gramophone's major contributions to Haydn's cause. Listening to the performances anew I find they have lost none of their freshness: they were based on the latest research, and the playing itself is always intelligent and thoughtful, with Emanuel Hurwitz's sweet-toned violin-playing a great asset throughout. (Misha Donat)
Haydn - String Quartets, Op.33, Op.42, Op.50 No.1 (The Aeolian String Quartet) (2009)

Haydn - String Quartets, Op.33, Op.42, Op.50 No.1 (The Aeolian String Quartet)
Classical | DECCA 478 1267 | 2009 | TT: 72:50+73:00 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 700 Mb

The Aeolian Quartet's epic cycle, originally released in the Seventies, was one of the gramophone's major contributions to Haydn's cause. Listening to the performances anew I find they have lost none of their freshness: they were based on the latest research, and the playing itself is always intelligent and thoughtful, with Emanuel Hurwitz's sweet-toned violin-playing a great asset throughout. (Misha Donat)
Haydn - 6 String Quartets, Op. 20 (The Aeolian String Quartet) (2009)

Haydn - 6 String Quartets, Op. 20 (The Aeolian String Quartet)
Classical | DECCA 478 1267 | 2009 | TT: 66:42+63:00 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 617 MB

The Aeolian Quartet's epic cycle, originally released in the Seventies, was one of the gramophone's major contributions to Haydn's cause. Listening to the performances anew I find they have lost none of their freshness: they were based on the latest research, and the playing itself is always intelligent and thoughtful, with Emanuel Hurwitz's sweet-toned violin-playing a great asset throughout. (Misha Donat)
Doric String Quartet, Allison Bell - Brett Dean: Epitaphs; String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2015)

Brett Dean - Epitaphs; String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2015)
Doric String Quartet; Allison Bell, soprano; Brett Dean, viola

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Genre: Classical, Contemporary | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10873 | Time: 01:01:50

Brett Dean is not shy about revealing what his music is ‘about’. Whether inspired by certain individuals (as in Epitaphs), or by an ecological or human disaster (as in his String Quartet No. 1, on the now all too topical plight of refugees), Dean’s works are usually – perhaps invariably – driven by extra-musical narratives. Rather than tease out any innate structural puzzles or tensions, his music typically falls into short little dramatic narratives – no movement on this disc lasts as long as eight minutes, many of them rather less than five. The most obviously successful work here is Quartet No. 2, ‘And once I played Ophelia’, effectively a dramatic scena. Its soprano soloist is no mere extra voice (as in Schoenberg’s Second Quartet) but the leading protagonist. Allison Bell’s genuinely affecting performance is backed by the Doric Quartet’s expressionist scampering and sustained harmonies, the strings occasionally coming to the fore in the manner of a Schumann-style song postlude.
Haydn - 6 String Quartets, Op. 17 (The Aeolian String Quartet) (2009)

Haydn - 6 String Quartets, Op. 17 (The Aeolian String Quartet)
Classical | DECCA 478 1267 | 2009 | TT: 72:09+61:00 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 668 MB

The Aeolian Quartet's epic cycle, originally released in the Seventies, was one of the gramophone's major contributions to Haydn's cause. Listening to the performances anew I find they have lost none of their freshness: they were based on the latest research, and the playing itself is always intelligent and thoughtful, with Emanuel Hurwitz's sweet-toned violin-playing a great asset throughout. (Misha Donat)