Colorado College Summer Music Festival
Sergei Taneyev: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 30

Jonathan Crow and Mark Fewer, violins; Toby Appel, viola; Bion Tsang, cello; John Novacek, piano 48:03 (6/29/08)


Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915)

    A pupil of Tchaikovsky and Nikolai Rubinstein, Taneyev gave the first Russian performance of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto.  When Tchaikovsky resigned from the Moscow Conservatory, it was Taneyev who succeeded him.  By 1885 he was director of the Conservatory.  His pupils include Scriabin, Rachmaninoff and Gliere.
    Boris Asafiev writes that Taneyev, ``like no Russian composer, lived and worked immersed in the world of ideas, in the development of abstract concepts.''  He was friends with Rimsky-Korsakov, Tolstoy and Turgenev.  He was interested in Esperanto and set several vocal works to Esperanto texts.