Anton Arensky

Biography

Born: July 12, 1861; Novgorod, Russia   Died: February 25, 1906; Terioki, Russia  
Little known today, Anton Arensky was one of the brightest stars of the late nineteenth century Russian music scene. Arensky was born in 1861 to a pair of devoted amateur musicians under whose guidance he began his training. After private studies (piano and composition) with Zikke in St. Petersburg, Arensky entered that city's conservatory in 1879, taking lessons from Rimsky-Korsakov. He scored consistently high marks with conservatory faculty Read more during his three years as a student, eventually graduating with a gold medal; upon the completion of his studies in 1882 Arensky became one of the youngest professors ever hired by the Moscow Conservatory.

Arensky's years at Moscow were fruitful; between 1882 and his resignation from the Conservatory's faculty in 1895 he completed most of his larger works (including the early Piano Concerto of 1882 and both Symphonies: B minor 1883; A major 1889). In 1891 his first opera, Son na Volge (A Dream on the Volga) -- which he had worked on intermittently since his student days -- was successfully premiered in Moscow. His next operatic endeavor, however, fared rather worse than the first; Rafael was an immediate failure at its 1894 premiere.

Asked to replace Balakirev as director of the imperial chapel in St. Petersburg, Arensky returned to his home city in 1895; save for occasional national and international tours, he remained there for the rest of his life. By the mid-1890s Arensky's somewhat diminished stature as a composer was replaced by an increased public awareness of his gifts at the keyboard and on the podium. Having served as director of the Russian Choral Society (1888 to 1895) during his Moscow days, Arensky was no stranger to the baton, and in 1901 he resigned his position at the imperial chapel to pursue a fuller schedule of conducting and performing appearances. Death came prematurely in 1905 when Arensky, after decades of hard living and overindulgence, succumbed to tuberculosis.

Save for the well-known Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky for string orchestra, little of Arensky's substantial output has maintained a place on contemporary concert programs. He was essentially a miniaturist, and his finest music is to be found in the shorter works for solo piano and his melodious songs (which seem to have influenced Rachmaninov's conception of Russian song). Arensky's style, especially in such early works as the Piano Concerto and First Symphony, is too inconsistent to bear witness to a strong musical personality, and instead presents as a pastiche of stylistic traits borrowed from a variety of influences, such as Chopin and Tchaikovsky (though rarely Arensky's own teacher Rimsky-Korsakov). However, his influence as a teacher -- to such future luminaries as Rachmaninov and Scriabin -- has earned him a place of distinction in the history of Russian music. Read less
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  • 1.
    Sir John Barbirolli: Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 538608 Release Date: 08/07/2020   Number of Discs: 109
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Antonio Brosa,  George Alexander,  Laurance Turner,  Peter Hecht  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Barbirolli Chamber Orchestra,  London Violincello School,  Royal Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Russian Colours / Zhislin, Camerata Tchaikovsky [Vinyl]
    Label: Orchid Classics   Catalog: ORC100137 Release Date: 07/17/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Anton Arensky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Yuri Zhislin
    Conductor:  Yuri Zhislin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Tchaikovsky
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    Russian Colours / Zhislin, Camerata Tchaikovsky
    Label: Orchid Classics   Catalog: 100136 Release Date: 06/19/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Anton Arensky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Yuri Zhislin
    Conductor:  Yuri Zhislin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Tchaikovsky
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    Russian Chamber Music
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95953 Release Date: 01/03/2020   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Taneyev,  Georgy Catoire  ... 
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    William Boughton: A Celebration on Record
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: NI1712 Release Date: 07/05/2019   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Aaron Copland,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Dame Elizabeth Maconchy  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Jones,  Raphael Wallfisch,  Kun Hu,  Daniel Trodden  ... 
    Conductor:  William Boughton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Orchestra,  English Symphony Orchestra,  South West German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim  ... 
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    19th Century Russian Cello Music / Khrychev, Solovieva
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573951 Release Date: 06/14/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Karl Davidoff,  Konstantin Nikolayevich Liadov,  Anton Arensky  ... 
    Performer:  Olga Solovieva,  Dmitrii Khrychev
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    Russian Masquerade / Oramo, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2365 Release Date: 06/07/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Alexander Scriabin,  Anton Arensky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
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    Russian Legends / Cheng2 Duo
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 23442 Release Date: 05/03/2019   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Alexander Glazunov,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Bryan Cheng,  Silvie Cheng
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cheng2 Duo
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    Zemlinsky, Rachmaninov & Arensky: Piano Trios / Smetana Trio
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4258 Release Date: 04/05/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Anton Arensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smetana Trio
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    Leonard Pennario: Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 19075899272 Release Date: 02/08/2019   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  César Franck,  Henry Charles Litolff,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Pennario,  Jascha Heifetz,  Gregor Piatigorsky
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  André Previn,  René Leibowitz,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Arensky: Piano Trios / Trio Carducci
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95636 Release Date: 01/18/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Carducci
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    Arensky, Hindemith, Schreker & Mendelssohn: Orchestral Works / Gazarian, Georgische Kammerorchester
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38253 Release Date: 07/20/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  Paul Hindemith,  Franz Schreker,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Ruben Gazarian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ingolstadt Georgian Chamber Orchestra
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    Mozart, Rachmaninov & Others: Works for Piano Duo / Sellick, Smith
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 3501 Release Date: 07/20/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Anton Arensky  ... 
    Performer:  Phyllis Sellick,  Cyril Smith
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    Russian Piano Concertos / Various
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95520 Release Date: 04/27/2018   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Sergei Lyapunov,  Anton Rubinstein,  Nikolai Medtner,  Mily Balakirev  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Ponti,  Felicja Blumental,  In-Ju Bang,  Oxana Yablonskaya  ... 
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky,  Othmar M. F. Mága,  Helmuth Froschauer,  Pierre Cao  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Henrich Neuhaus - Anniversary Edition
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002539 Release Date: 04/20/2018   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Schumann,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Heinrich Neuhaus,  Stanislav Neuhaus,  Dmitry Tsyganov,  Vadim Borisovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Gauk,  Nikolai Golovanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Decca Sound: The Piano Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832243 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Julius Katchen,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Bernard Haitink,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Arensky: Piano Trios / Wilkomirski Trio
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 1320 Release Date: 04/21/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wilkomirski Trio
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    Elegy and Blues / The Boston Trio
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3523 Release Date: 01/06/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  John Musto,  Gabriel Fauré
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Trio
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    Enescu & Arensky: First Piano Trios / Trio Enescu
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 16447 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu,  Anton Arensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Enescu
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  • 20.
    The Magic of Jascha Heifetz (Remastered)
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 503224 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Alexander Glazunov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Israel Baker,  Arnold Belnick,  Virginia Majewski  ... 
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  • 21.
    Russian Souvenirs / Duo Praxedis
    Label: Paladino Music   Catalog: 69 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Cui,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Anton Arensky,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Praxedis
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  • 22.
    Anton Arensky: Chamber Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573317 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Alexander Sitkovetsky,  Boris Brovtsyn,  Maxim Rysanov,  Jens Peter Maintz  ... 
    Conductor:  Frank S. Dodge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spectrum Concerts Berlin
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  • 23.
    Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552439 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 77
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Ray Still,  Samuel Sanders  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Daniel Barenboim,  Itzhak Perlman,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    Anton Arensky: Piano Quintet
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 7179 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Leonid Lundstrem,  Ilia Gofman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rachmaninov Trio Moscow
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  • 25.
    Troika
    Label: Urtext   Catalog: 218 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Valery Gavrilin
    Performer:  Irina Shishkina,  Maya Berdieva
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