ASPECT Foundation - Taneyev and Arensky: In Tchaikovsky's Shadow
Place & Time
The Italian Academy
1161 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
United States

New York NY
February 7, 2018
7:30 PM

Sergei Taneyev Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 30
Anton Arensky String Quartet No. 2 in A minor

Additional Information

Alexander Kobrin, piano
Philippe Quint, violin
Milena Pajaro van de Stadt, viola
Zlatomir Fung, cello
Brook Speltz, cello
Jiin Yang, violin

Illustrated talk by Philippe Quint


Blazing stars such as Tchaikovsky risk eclipsing less sensational talents, but these more modest figures can have their moments of greatness too. Anton Arenskys Quartet, composed in memory of Tchaikovsky, is for an ensemble of single violin, viola and two cellos, giving the sound a haunting dark richness. Quotations from Orthodox chants and from Tchaikovskys song Legend suggest a prayer for the composers soul, but the outcome is joyous and celebratory. Tchaikovskys pupil Sergei Taneyev is sometimes called the Russian Brahms. He cherished Classicism and intricate counterpoint and set his face against populist emotionalism. His Piano Quintet is powerful and purposeful, however, and its sense of heroic determination is ultimately very moving.

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