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Arensky: Three Suites / Yablonsky, Moscow Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 11/18/2003 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553768   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anton Arensky
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This convenient program brings together Anton Arensky's three charming suites for orchestra, all of them vintage examples of Romantic Russian music. The spirit of the dance invigorates these works, from the Spanish swagger of La Danseuse in Suite No. 2 to the Polonaise that concludes the Third Suite, an inventive theme and variations lasting half an hour. The "Basso ostinato" movement from the First Suite was quite popular in its day, and no wonder! It's very clever and remarkably well made. On the whole, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra under Dmitry Yablonsky gives a thoroughly professional account of itself and of these scores, though I would have preferred a more forward woodwind balance and a bit more character from that Read more section's principals, especially as Arensky gives them a lot to do. Still, with no other serious competition in this music--and given vivid sonics--I can recommend this program with confidence as an important addition to any Russian music collection.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Suite for Orchestra no 1 in G minor, Op. 7 by Anton Arensky
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 28 Minutes 58 Secs. 
2. Suite for 2 Pianos no 2, Op. 23 "Silhouettes" by Anton Arensky
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 17 Minutes 17 Secs. 
3. Suite for 2 Pianos no 3 in C major, Op. 33 "Variations" by Anton Arensky
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 30 Minutes 8 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Suite No. 2, Op. 23, "Silhouettes" (version for orchestra): I. Le Savant (The Scholar)
Suite No. 2, Op. 23, "Silhouettes" (version for orchestra): II. La Coquette (The Coquette)
Suite No. 2, Op. 23, "Silhouettes" (version for orchestra): III. Polichinelle (The Buffoon)
Suite No. 2, Op. 23, "Silhouettes" (version for orchestra): IV. Le Reveur (The Dreamer)
Suite No. 2, Op. 23, "Silhouettes" (version for orchestra): V. La Danseuse (The Dancer)
Suite in G minor, Op. 7: I. Variations sur un theme russe
Suite in G minor, Op. 7: II. Air de danse
Suite in G minor, Op. 7: III. Scherzo
Suite in G minor, Op. 7: IV. Basso ostinato
Suite in G minor, Op. 7: V. Marche
Suite No. 3, Op. 33, "Variations" (version for orchestra): I. Theme (Andante)
Suite No. 3, Op. 33, "Variations" (version for orchestra): II. Variation I: Dialogue
Suite No. 3, Op. 33, "Variations" (version for orchestra): III. Variation II: Valse
Suite No. 3, Op. 33, "Variations" (version for orchestra): IV. Variation III: Marche triomphale
Suite No. 3, Op. 33, "Variations" (version for orchestra): V. Variation IV: Menuet (XVIIIeme siecle)
Suite No. 3, Op. 33, "Variations" (version for orchestra): VI. Variation V: Gavotte
Suite No. 3, Op. 33, "Variations" (version for orchestra): VII. Variation VI: Scherzo
Suite No. 3, Op. 33, "Variations" (version for orchestra): VIII. Variation VII: Marche funebre
Suite No. 3, Op. 33, "Variations" (version for orchestra): IX. Variation VIII: Nocturne
Suite No. 3, Op. 33, "Variations" (version for orchestra): X. Variation IX: Polonaise

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