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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
Arensky: Piano Music / Adam Neiman
Release Date: 07/27/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572233   Number of Discs: 1
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Tchaikovsky, Arensky: Piano Trios /  Trio Wanderer
Release Date: 11/12/2013   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902161   Number of Discs: 1
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Tchaikovsky, Arensky: Piano Trios / Ashkenazy, Stamper, Etc.
Release Date: 02/15/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550467   Number of Discs: 1
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Arensky: Three Suites / Yablonsky, Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 11/18/2003   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553768   Number of Discs: 1
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Arensky: Piano Concerto, Fantasia / Yablonsky, Scherbakov, Russian PO
Release Date: 04/28/2009   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570526   Number of Discs: 1
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    Igor Shukow Conducts Works For String Orchestra By Arensky, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich
    Label: Telos   Catalog: 176 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Igor Shukow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Moscow Chamber Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Arensky: Quartet
    Label: Avanti Classic   Catalog: 1043 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Claudio Bohorquez,  Lily Francis,  Nicolas Altstaedt
    Conductor:  Martin Panteleev
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    The Russian Album
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108083 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Anton Arensky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ATOS Trio
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    From Russia With Strings
    Label: Intergroove   Catalog: 102 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Anton Arensky
    Conductor:  Saulius Sondeckis
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    Musique Romantique: Arensky, Sauter, Tschaikowsky
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38142 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  Ernest Sauter,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Malte ten Hagen,  Borge ten Hagen,  Kathrin ten Hagen,  Matthias Bartolomey  ... 
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    Arensky: Piano Trios / Leonore Piano Trio
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68015 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leonore Piano Trio
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    Bartlett & Robertson: Selected Recordings 1927-1947
    Label: Apr   Catalog: 6012 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ethel Bartlett,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Robert Schumann,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Rae Robertson,  Ethel Bartlett
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
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    Tchaikovsky, Arensky: Piano Trios /  Trio Wanderer
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902161 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Anton Arensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wanderer Trio
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    Arensky, Taneyev: Piano Quintets /  Piers Lane, Goldner String Quartet
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67965 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  Sergei Taneyev
    Performer:  Piers Lane
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Goldner String Quartet
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    Arensky: Egyptian Nights Ballet / Svetlanov, USSR State Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Essential Media   Catalog: 5989449 Release Date: 08/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Souvenir De Flor
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 9104 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Anton Arensky
    Conductor:  Paul Manley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Primavera
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  • 12.
    Arensky, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Kapustin: Piano Trios / Beethoven Trio Bonn
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553277 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Nikolai Kapustin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beethoven Trio Bonn
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    Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence; Arensky: Quartet / Raphael Ensemble
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55426 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Anthony Marwood,  Andrea Hess,  Krysia Osostowicz,  Michael Stirling  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Raphael Ensemble
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  • 14.
    Russian Piano Trios / Moscow Trio
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94712 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  Sergei Taneyev,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Trio
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    The Heifetz-Piatigorsky Concerts Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 545145 Release Date: 05/07/2013   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Maurice Ravel,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky,  Laurence Lesser,  Paul Rosenthal,  Israel Baker  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra
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    40 Tracks for 40 Years - Delos Anniversary Set
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3440 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Antonín Dvorák,  Aram Khachaturian,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Performer:  James Earl Jones,  Charles Butler,  Marina Domashenko,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  Zdenek Macal,  Constantine Orbelian,  James DePreist  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    10 Classic Albums / Mischa Maisky [11-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001801402 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Charles Gounod,  George Frideric Handel,  Jean-Baptiste Lully  ... 
    Performer:  Mischa Maisky,  Pavel Gililov,  Daria Hovora,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Tongues Of Fire
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7386 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Rütti,  Francis Poulenc,  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Mario Schubiger,  Martin Heini
    Conductor:  Rainer Held
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  • 19.
    Arensky: Five Suites For Two Pianos / Genova & Dimitrov Piano Duo
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777651 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Aglika Genova,  Liuben Dimitrov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Genova & Dimitrov Piano Duo
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  • 20.
    Borodin, Glazunov, Arensky / Nash Ensemble
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4067 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Alexander Glazunov,  Anton Arensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
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  • 21.
    Label: Fc Records   Catalog: 9724 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Jouni Somero,  Raymond Cox,  Laura Bucht
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  • 22.
    Sergei Nakariakov - Trumpet & Piano [3-CD Set]
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 672094 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Waxman,  Vassily Brandt,  Jean-Baptiste Arban,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Markovich,  Sergei Nakariakov
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  • 23.
    Tchaikovsky: The Seasons; Arensky: Piano Trio No. 1
    Label: Northern Flowers   Catalog: 9997 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Anton Arensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arensky Trio
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  • 24.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Piano Trio In C; Arensky: Piano Trio No.1 / Kinsky Trio Prague
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 250285 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Anton Arensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kinsky Trio Prague
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  • 25.
    Arensky: Suites For Two Pianos / Natalia Lavrova, Vassily Primakov
    Label: Lp Classics   Catalog: 50162245 Release Date: 11/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Natalia Lavrova,  Vassily Primakov
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