A Celebration of Strings
Sergei Taneyev: String Quintet in G major, Op.14
Franz Schubert: String Quintet in C major D.956
A Celebration of Strings features two contrasting but equally evocative works for the combination of two violins, viola and two cellos. With the tonal richness accompanying the additional cello, this grouping provides the composers with a wide palette upon which to draw.
Sergei Taneyev, although not as well known today as some of his contemporaries, is revered in Russia and mentioned in the same breath as Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. A student of Tchaikovsky and a teacher Rachmaninov and Scriabin, among others, his music combines a richly harmonic style with a generous helping of musical reminders of his native Russia.
Franz Schubert's monumental Quintet in C major is considered one of the most influential chamber works of the 19th century and certainly one of the most heartfelt. Among the last work he wrote, it has a strikingly tragic mood in contrast to our usual impression of a composer revered for his lyricism.
Jessica Lee, violin
Clancy Newman, cello