CDs featuring Sergei Ivanovich TANEYEV

Taneyev: Piano Music

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Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev: Piano Concerto, Music for solo Piano

Piano Concerto in E flat
Prelude in F major
Lullaby in B flat major
Theme and Variations in C minor
Allegro in E flat major
Andantino semplice in B minor
Repose (Elegy) in E major
March in D minor
Four Improvisations
The Composer’s Birthday, for narrator and piano, four hands
The Composer’s Birthday, for piano, four hands

Joseph Banowetz, piano
Russian Philharmonic of Moscow, orchestra
Thomas Sanderling, conductor
Vladimir Ashkenazy, narrator
Joseph Banowetz and Adam Wodnicki, piano duet

The piano music of Sergei Taneyev (1856–1915) is one of Russian’s hidden secrets. Student and friend of Tchaikovsky, Taneyev – a formidable pianist and composer of the front rank – has never had the attention he deserves. The CD couples a first-ever recording of the only two movements he recorded of his youthful piano concerto with more premiere recordings of music for solo piano from across his career. The Four Improvisations, composed jointly by Taneyev, Rachmaninov, Arensky and Glazunov, bring a composite first recording for all four composers. And The Composer’s Birthday, for narrator and piano, four hands, was written as a light-hearted birthday present for Tchaikovsky.