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.
    Romantic Piano Concertos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95300 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Johann Baptist Cramer,  Carl Czerny,  Ferdinand Ries,  Muzio Clementi  ... 
    Performer:  Akiko Sagara,  Michael Ponti,  Maria Littauer,  Felicja Blumental  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Cao,  Paul Angerer,  Alois Springer,  Alberto Zedda  ... 
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    Bits And Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552365 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Alex de Taeye,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Sanders,  Itzhak Perlman
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Beaux Arts Trio - Complete Philips Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002341702 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Isidore Cohen,  Bernard Greenhouse,  Menahem Pressler,  Stephen Kovacevich  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beaux Arts Trio,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio members  ... 
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    Rachmaninoff: Elegiac Trio; Arensky: Piano Trio No. 1; Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5917 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Anton Arensky,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch (Piano Trio)
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    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 3
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 002275902 Release Date: 03/23/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Lehár,  Emil Waldteufel,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Rafael Druian,  Georges Miquelle,  Eugene List,  Alfred Mouledous  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Frederick Fennell,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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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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  • 12.
    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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  • 13.
    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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  • 14.
    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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  • 16.
    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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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    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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