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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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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    Russian Romance / Rubtsov, Kvitko
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 233 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Griboyedov,  Alexander Glazunov,  Alexander Grechaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Kvitko,  Maxim Rubtsov
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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    Artistry Of Josef Gingold
    Label: Enharmonic Records   Catalog: 015 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  Franz Schubert,  Anton Arensky,  Ernest Bloch  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Gingold,  Earl Wild,  Harvey Shapiro,  Carlton Cooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ohio State University Symphony Orchestra
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  • 31.
    The Heifetz Collection Vol 6 - 1946-1947
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61737 Release Date: 04/21/2011   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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  • 32.
    Arensky: Piano Music / Stephen Coombs
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55311 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Stephen Coombs
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  • 33.
    Liisa Pohjola, Piano
    Label: Alba   Catalog: 286 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Claude Debussy,  Robert Schumann,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Liisa Pohjola,  Olli Pojhola,  Jeanne Loriod
    Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    Two Pianists - Brahms, Lutoslawski , Arensky, Copland
    Label: Twopianists (Label)   Catalog: 1039022 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Anton Arensky,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Luis Magalhaes,  Nina Schumann
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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    Russian Piano Music, Vol. 5 - Anton Arensky / Anthony Goldstone
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25085 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Anthony Goldstone
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  • 40.
    Ravishingly Russian / Simpson, Houston Chamber Choir
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1311 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Dargomizhsky,  Sergei Taneyev,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  César Cui  ... 
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  • 41.
    Legendary Russian Pianists
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9014 Release Date: 06/02/2009   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Kerer,  Konstantin Igumnov,  Yakov Flier,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Gauk,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  David Oistrakh,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  USSR Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 42.
    Arensky, Rimsky-korsakov / Nash Ensemble
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3409 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Antony Pay,  Judith Pearce,  John Pigneguy,  Brian Wightman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
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  • 43.
    Arensky: Piano Concerto, Fantasia / Yablonsky, Scherbakov, Russian PO
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570526 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Martha Argerich And Friends - Live From The Lugano Festival 2008
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67051 Release Date: 04/07/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Antonín Dvorák,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Eduardo Hubert,  Karin Lechner,  Lily Maisky  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
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  • 45.
    The Romantic Violin Concerto Vol 7 - Arensky, Taneyev / Gringolts, Volkov, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67642 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Taneyev,  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Ilya Gringolts
    Conductor:  Ilan Volkov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Rachmaninov, Arensky, Shostakovich: Piano Trios / Trio Nota Bene
    Label: Claves   Catalog: 2720 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Anton Arensky,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Xavier Pignat,  Julien Zufferey,  Lionel Monnet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Nota Bene
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  • 47.
    Debut / Saint Michael Trio
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637459846 Release Date: 10/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  Felix Mendelssohn,  John T. Williams,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saint Michael Trio
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  • 48.
    Russian Songs - Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Glinka / Burchuladze, Ivanova
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421417 Release Date: 10/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Anton Arensky,  Anton Rubinstein,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Ludmilla Ivanova,  Paata Burchuladze,  David Smith
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  • 49.
    35th Anniversary Opera Gala / Orbelian, Hvorostovsky, Bernadi, Grivnov, Et Al
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3395 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Francesco Cilèa,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Marina Domashenko,  Olga Guryakova,  Ewa Podles  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian,  Alfred Heller,  Gerard Schwarz,  Mario Bernardi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia of Russia,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra,  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 50.
    Music Of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff / Eastman Trio
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3021 Release Date: 07/01/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Mikhail Glinka,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Anton Arensky  ... 
    Performer:  Jürgen Meyer-Josten
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Piano Trio,  Nieuw Amsterdam Trio,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra
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