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Arensky: Piano Trios / Trio Carducci

Release Date: 01/18/2019 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 95636  
Composer:  Anton Arensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Carducci
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The chamber music of Anton Arensky (1861-1906) embodies a happy and inspired synthesis of two contrasting sound-worlds: the peculiarly Russian language of Rimsky-Korsakov and the ‘Mighty Handful’, and that of Western-European accents exemplified in the sphere of chamber music by Brahms, but filtered through Tchaikovsky’s West-leaning approach. It’s Mendelssohn who comes to mind in the vernal surge of energy that opens the First Piano Trio which is Arensky’s best-known work beyond his piano music. The sombre third-movement elegy is a tribute to the cellist Davidoff, and accordingly opens with a soulful cello melody, before an impassioned finale banishes all introspection. Composed over a decade later in 1905, the Second Trio replaces such Read more youthful energy for a more concise and refined harmonic idiom that even brings to mind Gabriel Fauré at points such as the polished, elusive second-movement Romance. After a delightfully capricious Scherzo full of subtle rhythmic shifts and conversational hesitations, the Second Trio concludes with an expansive set of variations on a noble theme in Tchaikovskian vein. Formed in 2016, the Carducci Trio has already won praise for its accomplished performances of Russian music in particular, having recently made a tour of China and given London performances at the Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room) and Academy of St Martin in the Fields. This is the Trio’s debut recording. Read less

Works on This Recording

Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in F minor, Op. 73 by Anton Arensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Carducci
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Russia 
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 32 by Anton Arensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Carducci
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Russia 

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