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Taneyev: Orchestral Works - Oresteia Overture

Taneyev , Novosobirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra , Sanderling Audio CD
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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Overture to Oresteya, Op. 6Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra20:46Album Only
listen  2. Oresteya, Act III: Entr'acte: The Temple of Apollo at DelphiNovosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra 5:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Adagio in C MajorNovosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra 5:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Overture on a Russian themeNovosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra17:23Album Only
listen  5. Cantata for the Unveiling of the Moscow Pushkin Memorial, "Ya pamyatnik sebe vozdvig nerukotvorniy" (I Have Built myself a Monument not Made by Hands)Novosibirsk State Philharmonic Chamber Choir 4:21$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. CanzonaStanislav Yankovsky 6:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Overture in D MinorNovosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra14:45Album Only

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Product Details

  • Conductor: Sanderling
  • Composer: Taneyev
  • Audio CD (June 30, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • Run Time: 75.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B0027DQHG4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,380 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Temple of Apollo at Delphi is the best-known excerpt from Taneyev' only opera, Oresteia, the mammoth overture to which has all the force of a Romantic symphonic poem. His Overture on a Russian Theme is based on the same folksong that Rimsky-Kor

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I will admit up front that I had not been particularly impressed nor won over by any of the orchestral music of Sergey Taneyev (1856-1915) I had heard previously. On the other hand I have been mightily impressed by much of his voluminous output of chamber music. This CD, however, has made me rethink my blanket assumption that Taneyev's orchestral output is well-crafted but bland. The major work on this CD is the 20 minute long overture (1889) to his only opera, 'Oresteia', the compelling tragedy of the House of Atreus from Greek mythology. Taneyev's overture, written six years before the completion of the opera, has primarily had a life as a separate concert work; indeed, he decided not to use it for performances of the opera proper. The Overture limns the narrative of the Oresteia with its themes of adultery and murder. And the music is powerfully evocative. I'd never heard it before and was so stunned by its power that I immediately listened to it three times in a row, before going on to the other pieces on this disc. There are other recordings of the Overture, including performances led by Ashkenazy, Neeme Järvi, and Rozhdestvensky, which I have not heard. But this performance by Thomas Sanderling (the son of famous conductor Kurt Sanderling) is simply wonderful. And the playing of the Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra, little-known outside Russia, is spectacular.

Included is also the five-minute Entr'acte from the third act of the opera called 'The Temple of Apollo at Delphi'. This is a scene where Orestes who, after killing his mother, has attempted suicide but is prevented from dying by The Furies. He goes to the Temple of Apollo to ask the god to save him. This music is just as powerful as the Overture but with episodes of serene repose. Gorgeous stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Being somewhat acquainted with Sergey Taneyev's' chamber music and after reading the previous reviewer's superb review, I decided to purchase this wonderful full (about 74 minutes of music) Naxos recording that is played superbly by the Novosibirsk State Philharmonic, conducted greatly by Thomas Sanderling of some of Taneyev's orchestra music. This marvelously recorded disc consists of the overture and interlude to his only opera "Oresteia" plus 5 short early orchestra works composed when Taneyev was a student at the Moscow Conservatory.

Not being a musicologist, I won't delve into the musical structures and historical significance of the works in this recording--please refer to the previous reviewer's in-depth review of this recording to really learn about these works; it's a great review. All that I can say is that I really enjoyed this recording of some very late Russian Romantic orchestra music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Taneyev compilation. March 7, 2011
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This is a great Taneyev CD that compilates his mastery and skills as
an orchestral composer. It includes seven of his works, beginning with
the large-scale Oresteia overture that is greatly played by Sanderling
and his forces. The second highlight is the Overture on russian themes
that shows his mastery in counterpoint and colourful orchestration in
a very lisztian structure. The rest of works are also very enjoyable.
Sanderling's conducting and Novosibirsk orchestra playing ara a matter
of wonder and delight. Easily an essential Taneyev recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great "Overture on a Russian Theme" April 17, 2013
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Although I find the performance of the Oresteia Overture a little slow compared e.g. to the Ashkenazy, the really wonderful work on the CD is the "Overture on a Russian Theme." The other works like the Adagio and the Canzona are also marvelous.

Highly recommended!
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I've long been a fan of Taneyev's symphonies but was drawn to this recording by his Overture on a Russian Theme. It's an enjoyable Russian Romantic work, and each piece on the CD demonstrates the composer's skill as a musician. Easily worth the low price of a Naxos CD.
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