Sergei Taneyev, Unsung Russian Composer

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Russian piano music is filled with bold and vivid expressions, but the lives of the Russian composers can be just as colorful. Take Sergei Taneyev, the handsome upstart who thumbed his nose at convention by performing the widely reviled Brahms at his debut and later wooed Leo Tolstoy’s wife. On this edition of The Great Russian Piano Tradition, host David Dubal recounts the lives and music of some of Russia’s most compelling composers.

The program features profiles of Taneyev, as well as Felix Blumenfeld and Alexander Glazunov. We hear comparative performances of Igor Stravinsky’s Danse Russe from Petrushka, and a Dmitri Shostakovich face-off between pianists Vladimir Viardo and William Kapell.

Program playlist:

Igor Stravinsky: Tango
Grant Johannesen
Bonneville Classics

Sergei Taneyev: Prelude & Fugue in G-sharp minor, Op. 29
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Steinway & Sons

Etude in E Major, Op. 31, No. 3 "Night"
Alexander Glazunov
Yelena Bekman-Shcherbina
Melodiya

Felix Blumenfeld: Etude in A-flat Major, Op. 36
Leon Fleisher
Sony Classical

Aram Khachaturian: Piano Concerto: Allegro brillante
William Kapell
RCA Red Seal

Igor Stravinsky: Etude in F-sharp Major, Op. 7, No. 4
Rexa Han
Victor Elmaleh Collection

Alexander Glazunov: Waltz in D Major
David Dubal
Arkiv Music

Igor Stravinsky: Russian Dance
Alexis Weissenberg
Philips

Igor Stravinsky: Russian Dance
Emil Gilels
Philips

Dmitri Shostakovich: Prelude, Op. 34, No. 5 in D Major: Allegro vivace
Vladimir Viardo
Elektra Nonesuch

Dmitri Shostakovich; Prelude, Op. 34, No. 5 in D Major: Allegro vivace
William Kapell
RCA Red Seal

Dmitri Shostakovich: Prelude, Op. 34, No. 10 in C-sharp minor: Moderato non troppo
Vladimir Viardo
Elektra Nonesuch

Dmitri Shostakovich: Prelude, Op. 34, No. 10 in C-sharp minor: Moderato non troppo
William Kapell
RCA Red Seal

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