Taneyev’s credentials as a Romantic symphonist are underlined by the Chandos coupling nof the First and tThird, works of strength, personality and formidable craftsmanship. In terms of musical interest and quality of performance… merits attention.
Long regarded as a dry theorist, Tchaikovsky’s friend and avourite pupil has emerged as a master craftsman with a distinctive voice.
Classic FM Magazine
Glowing reviews of Taneyev’s Symphonies 2 and 4 performed by Russian State Symphony Orchestra:
This is a striking, and very well-recorded pair of performances, well worth the attention of lovers of Russian music who have not yet encountered these works.
Gramophone on CHAN 9998
With astute confidence and pounding vigour, Valeri Polyansky commands a luscious sound and first-rate performance from the Russian State Symphony Orchestra.
The Observer on CHAN 9998
The performances are of quality and the notes by Anastasia Belina with copious music-type illustrations, exemplary… a highly interesting and valuable disc.
BBC Music Magazine
This [No. 3] is a work I shall enjoy returning to again, whereas No. 1 is only, I suspect for Taneyev-fanatics. Polyansky directs excellently recorded performances – a mite dutiful in the First Symphony, perhaps, but communicating real enjoyment and enthusiasm in No. 3.
International Record Review
Valeri Polyansky has already given us a superlative coupling of the Second and Fourth Symphonies or Sergei Taneyev for Chandos [CHAN 9998] and in fact in the Overview (Mar/Apr 2004) I decided he would be the ideal choice to record Taneyev’s other two symphonies to my knowledge never offered before on CD…This adds immeasurably to the recorded legacy of Russian music.
American Record Guide
Polyansky and the Russian State Symphony have done Taneyev a superb service with these thoroughly prepared, expertly recorded performances. The music itself may be too firmly tied to academic apron-strings to be viable in the concert hall, and the composer’s verdict in not releasing them was surely the right one. But these are still need-to-know pieces for anyone interested in the Russian symphonic repertoire.