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Centaur CRC 2571
Recording: May 1 & 2; June 21 & 22, 2001
Centaur Records
Sergei I. Taneyev (1856 - 1915)
Mendelssohn Piano Trio

Ya-Ting Chang, piano
Peter Sirotin, violin
Fiona Thompson, cello
Michael Stepniak, viola

Piano Quartet in E Major, Op. 20
    I.   Allegro Brillante
    II.  Adagio piu tosto largo
    III. Finale: Allegro Molto
Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 22
    I.   Allegro
    II.  Allegro molto
    III. Andante espressivo
    IV. Finale: Allegro con brio
Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev (1856-1915) was one of the most prominent Russian musical figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Besides being a pupil and later close friend of Tchaikovsky, and a widely traveled virtuoso pianist, he was a mentor to such Russian composers as Rachmaninov, Skryabin, Metner, Glier and Prokofiev. The scope of his influence was broad and he numbered among his friends and influences Tolstoy, Faure, Saint-Saens, Arensky and Rimsky-Korsakov. Piano Quartet in E (1906) and Trio in D, Op. 22 (1907) fully reveal a composer whose ear for the richly evocative language of the Ronamtics is subservient only to his fascination with polyphonic craftsmanship. It is a large-scale work that greatly impressed critics and the public at its first performance. Upon hearing the new Piano Trio in D, Op.22 (1907), the young Prokofiev wrote enthusiastically about its boldness, elegance, and liveliness. Other critics enthusiastically described it as Taneyev�s best work to date.

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