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
Rachmaninoff: Elegiac Trio; Arensky: Piano Trio No. 1; Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2
Release Date: 07/10/2015   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5917   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    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  ... 
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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    Piano Trios: Mendelssohn, Arensky, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich
    Label: Telos   Catalog: 197 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Anton Arensky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cho Piano Trio
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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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:  Leonie ten Hagen,  Kathrin ten Hagen,  Borge ten Hagen,  Matthias Bartolomey  ... 
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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    A. Arensky: Symphonies Nos. 1 And 2; Overture From The Opera
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 149 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
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  • 34.
    Arensky: Egyptian Nights Ballet / Svetlanov, USSR State Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Essential Media Mod   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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    In a New Light / Trio Voce
    Label: Con Brio   Catalog: 5638109212 Release Date: 06/30/2013  
    Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky,  Josef Suk,  Anton Arensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Voce
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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    Russian Violin Concertos - Conus, Arensky, Weinberg / Ostrovsky
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572631 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Julius Conus,  Mieczyslaw Weinberg,  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Sergey Ostrovsky
    Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Ying Quartet Plays Anton Arensky
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92143 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Adam Neiman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ying String Quartet
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  • 44.
    Russian Romance / Rubtsov, Kvitko
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 233 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Griboyedov,  Alexander Glazunov,  Alexander Grechaninov,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
    Performer:  Maxim Rubtsov,  Sergei Kvitko
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  • 45.
    A. Arensky: Suite Nos. 1 And 3
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1000148 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
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  • 46.
    The Heifetz Collection Vol 6 - 1946-1947
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61737 Release Date: 04/20/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Maurice Ravel,  Nikolai Medtner  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Emanuel Bay,  Stanley Chaloupka
    Conductor:  Franz Waxman,  William Steinberg,  Sir Malcolm Sargent
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Chamber Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Martin Cousin Plays Glazunov Liadov & Arensky
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 100 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Anatole Liadov,  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Martin Cousin
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  • 48.
    Arensky: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2 / Rachmaninov Trio Moscow
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 7152 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rachmaninov Trio Moscow
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  • 49.
    Slavic Opera Arias / Piotr Beczala
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 814101 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Feliks Nowowiejski,  Wladyslaw Zelenski,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Piotr Beczala
    Conductor:  Lukasz Borowicz
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  • 50.
    Arensky: Piano Music / Adam Neiman
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572233 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Adam Neiman
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