The idea to focus on the chamber music of Sergei Taneyev, Tchaikovsky’s most important pupil, goes back to the Russian pianist Anna Zassimova, who again proves to be an outstanding pianist on our new production. After his studies at the Moscow Conservatory Taneyev joined the same institution’s faculty; he taught composition and counterpoint, and Rachmaninov, Glière, and Scriabin were among his students. He is regarded as the greatest contrapuntist in Russian music and was long ranked as one of the all-time greats in Russia. Along with assorted occasional works for violin and piano and some scores exclusively for stringed instruments, Taneyev’s chamber
catalogue consists of the three great piano chamber works brought together in the present edition. They are from his late period as a composer. Overall, they demonstrate his great architectonic design capabilities, and all the movements contain melodic-rhythmic material of great beauty without stressing the unique qualities of the themes. The high demands placed by the pieces on the interpreters involve not only playing technique but also tonal balance.