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ANTON STEPANOVICH ARENSKY  

(1861 - 1906)

The Russian composer, conductor and pianist Anton Arensky was a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov at St Petersburg Conservatory and later taught at the Conservatory in Moscow, where his pupils included Rachmaninov and Scriabin. His compositions often reflect the influence of other composers, more particularly that of Tchaikovsky. He was musical director of the Imperial Chapel in St Petersburg from 1895 until 1901, and thereafter he continued his career as composer, pianist and conductor, travelling widely in the last two capacities.

Orchestral Music

Arensky wrote two symphonies and a violin concerto, as well as a set of variations for strings on a theme by Tchaikovsky, a work originally for string quartet. His first orchestral suite has been supplemented by orchestrated versions of two suites originally for two pianos.

Chamber and Instrumental Music

The best known of Arensky’s compositions is his Piano Trio in D minor, the first of two such works. This was written in 1894 and shows something of the influence of Mendelssohn. His five suites, either for two pianos or piano duet, include Silhouettes—a set of five character pieces (Suite No. 2)—and the Children’s Suite (Suite No. 5).

Stage Works

Arensky won some success in 1891 with the performance at the Bolshoi in Moscow of his opera Son na Volge (‘Dream on the Volga’). A second opera, Rafael, offers a fictitious episode in the life of the Renaissance painter; a romantic song performed by an off-stage singer became a useful addition to the tenor repertoire. The ballet Ėgipetskiye nochi (‘Egyptian Nights’), with the choreographer Fokin, was written in 1900 and first staged in St Petersburg in 1908. The plot revolves around Cleopatra and an infatuated lover, who is finally reconciled to his first love.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
40 TRACKS FOR 40 YEARS - Delos' 40th Anniversary Celebration Delos
DE3440
Concertos, Ballet, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Vocal, Film and TV Music, Instrumental, World, Choral - Sacred, Wind Ensemble/Band Music, Opera
ARENSKY, A.: Piano Concerto / Ryabinin Fantasia / To the Memory of Suvorov / Symphonic Scherzo (Scherbakov, Russian Philharmonic, Yablonsky) Naxos
8.570526
Concertos, Orchestral
ARENSKY, A.: Piano Music - 6 Pieces, Op. 53 / Etudes, Opp. 41 and 74 / Pres de la mer (Neiman) Naxos
8.572233
Instrumental
ARENSKY, A.: Piano Trio No. 1 / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.: Piano Trio in A Minor (Cardenes, Solow, Golabek) Delos
DE3056
Chamber Music
ARENSKY, A.S.: Raphael [Opera] / Songs and Romances Delos
DE3319
Vocal, Opera
ARENSKY, A.S.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / Piano Quintet (Ying Quartet, Neiman) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92143
Chamber Music
ARENSKY, A.S.: Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky / GLAZUNOV, A.K.: Suite for String Quartet (Slavonic Serenades) (Moscow Symphony, Stratton) Dorian Sono Luminus
DIS-80144
Orchestral, Chamber Music
ARENSKY: Egyptian Nights Marco Polo
8.225028
Ballet
ARENSKY: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / Piano Quintet, Op. 51 Marco Polo
8.223811
Chamber Music
ARENSKY: Suites for 2 Pianos Nos. 1-5 Marco Polo
8.223497
Instrumental
ARENSKY: Suites Nos. 1-3 Naxos
8.553768
Orchestral
CLASSICAL PRINCESS - Music for Dress-Up Delos
DE3215
Ballet, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Film and TV Music, Instrumental
CONUS, J.: Violin Concerto / WEINBERG, M.: Violin Concertino / ARENSKY, A.S.: Violin Concerto (Russian Violin Concertos) (Ostrovsky, T. Sanderling) Naxos
8.572631
Concertos
DOHNANYI, E.: Serenade in C Major / ARENSKY, A.: String Quartet No. 2 (Live from El Paso Pro-Musica January 7, 2006) (Schmidt) Delos
DE1040
Chamber Music
Dorian Sampler, Vol. 5 Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90005
Orchestral, Chamber Music, Vocal, Instrumental, World
GREATS of the GRAMOPHONE, Vol. 1 Naxos Nostalgia
8.120569
Orchestral, Nostalgia
Heifetz, Jascha: Encores, Vol. 2 (1946-1947) Naxos Historical
8.112073
Chamber Music
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - MOSCOW AND THE GOLDEN RING (NTSC) Naxos
2.110507
Classical Concert
Opera Arias (Tenor): Shtoda, Daniil - RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. / TCHAIKOVKSY, P.I. / DARGOMYZHSKY, A.S. / RACHMANINOV, S. / KHRENNIKOV, T.N. Delos
DE3348
Vocal, Opera
OPERA GALA - 35th Anniversary (A Tribute to Delos Founder Amelia S. Haygood) Delos
DE3395
Orchestral, Vocal, Choral - Sacred, Opera
Piano Duo Recital: Magalhaes, Luis / Schumann, Nina - BRAHMS, J. / ARENSKY, A. / LUTOSLAWSKI, W. / COPLAND, A. TwoPianists
TP1039022
Instrumental
PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings (1939, 1954) Naxos Historical
8.111142-44
Orchestral, Vocal, Nostalgia, Interview, Opera
RUSSIAN OPERA ARIAS, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.554843
Orchestral, Opera
TCHAIKOVSKY / ARENSKY: Piano Trios Naxos
8.550467
Chamber Music
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Piano Trio, Op. 50 / ARENSKY, A.S.: Piano Trio No. 1 (The Rembrandt Trio) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90146
Chamber Music
TCHEREPNIN: 5 Concert Etudes / GOULD: Pieces of China / ADAMS: China Gates BIS
BIS-CD-1110
Instrumental
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Compliments of the United States Navy Band The Robert Hoe Collection
75442219762
Contemporary Jazz, Choral - Secular, Wind Ensemble/Band Music
WOMEN AT THE PIANO - AN ANTHOLOGY OF HISTORIC PERFORMANCES, Vol. 1 (1926-1952) Naxos Historical
8.111120
Instrumental




 
 
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