SERGEI TANEYEV (1856-1915): Symphony No. 2 in B Flat (compl. & ed. Vladimir Blok [1932-1996]), Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 12.
Catalogue Number: 05L068
Description: The rarely recorded second symphony, a very early work from 1877, shows little of the obsession with counterpoint which marks most of Taneyev's compositions (and the 1898 fourth symphony), its three movements (a 15-minute long first with a long slow introduction and vigorous main body, an epic song of an Andante and a stout finale with hunting-calls) more often in the Germanic vein of Rubinstein's symphonies, with no scherzo and only hints of Slavonic musical qualities. Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Sanderling.