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Arensky: Twenty-four Pieces Op 36 / Anatoly Sheludiakov

Release Date: 09/24/2002 
Label:  Angelok   Catalog #: 8803   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anton Arensky
Performer:  Anatoly Sheludiakov
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An important place in the output of the Russian composer, Anton Arensky, is occupied by the works he wrote for piano which range from miniatures for solo piano organized as cycles, to large-scale forms such as the Fantasy on a Theme by Ryalsinin and the Piano Concerto in f minor, op. 2. Arensky was among the first Russian composers to write music for two pianos - there exist four "Suites" for two pianos penned by this composer. The Twenty-Four Pieces, Op.. 36 (for piano solo) was composed during August 1894. Remembering the circumstances that led to the creation of this work, Arensky's former pupil Alexandre Goldenweiser wrote: "Arensky had become seriously ill and was sent to Caucasia to recover. Accompanied by the Russian composer Taneyev Read more who had journeyed with him, it was there that Arensky composed his Twenty-Four Pieces, Op. 36. Inspired by Bach's Well Tempered Clavier - which accounts for the reason that the pieces are in twenty-four different tonalities in ascending chromatic order - he first sketched 24 themes and placed each one of them into a vase which had been placed on the table. Each morning he would pick one theme out of the vase and compose that particular piece that very day. It is my opinion that, in this large scale cycle, Arensky placed all of his intellect like a dictionary defining his poetics and aesthetic." Arensky's Twenty Four Pieces has never been recorded until now. This is its world premiere release in any format. Read less

Works on This Recording

Characteristic Pieces (24), Op. 36 by Anton Arensky
Performer:  Anatoly Sheludiakov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Russia 

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