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
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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Anton Arensky: Chamber Music
Release Date: 10/09/2015   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573317   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 76.
    The Romantic Piano Trio
    Label: Beryllium Records   Catalog: 5637422494 Release Date: 08/31/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  Paul Schoenfield,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  THE ORION MUSIC ENSEMBLE
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    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 79156 Release Date: 05/01/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alexander Grechaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Georges Bizet,  Anton Arensky  ... 
    Performer:  Leonid Sobinov,  Lev Klement'yev,  Oscar Kamionsky,  Maksimilian Maksakov  ... 
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  • 78.
    Arensky: Piano Trios No 1 & 2 / The Borodin Trio
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10184 Release Date: 04/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin Trio
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  • 79.
    Arensky: Symphony No 2, Etc / Sinaisky, Bbc Philharmonic
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10024 Release Date: 01/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 80.
    Arensky: Three Suites / Yablonsky, Moscow Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553768 Release Date: 11/18/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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  • 81.
    Violin Virtuoso Masterpieces / Mischa Elman, Joseph Seiger
    Label: Artemis Records   Catalog: 1199 Release Date: 11/11/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  William Kroll,  Arthur Benjamin,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Mischa Elman,  Joe Seiger
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  • 82.
    Arensky: Symphony No 1, Fantasia, Variations / Polyansky, Russian State SO
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10086 Release Date: 07/22/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Dmitry Miller,  Tatiana Sharova,  Andrei Batyrkin,  Tatiana Polyanskaya
    Conductor:  Valeri Polyanskii
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphonic Cappella,  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 83.
    Russian Opera Arias / Vladimir Grishko, Kuchar, Sirenko
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554843 Release Date: 04/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Vladimir Grishko
    Conductor:  Vladimir Sirenko,  Theodore Kuchar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra,  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Arensky, Tchaikovsky: Piano Trios / Cardenes, Solow, Golabek
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3056 Release Date: 01/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Andrés Cárdenes,  Jeffrey Solow,  Mona Golabek
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  • 85.
    Historic Two-piano Wizardry - Morley & Gearhart Rediscovered
    Label: Ivory Classics   Catalog: 72004 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Egbert Anson Van Alstyne,  John Waldo Green,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Zoltán Kodály  ... 
    Performer:  Virginia Morley,  Livingston Gearhart
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  • 86.
    Milestones - 6 Cello Concertos / Peter Wispelwey, Et Al
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 14982 Release Date: 09/11/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Karl Davidoff  ... 
    Performer:  Paolo Giacometti,  Pieter Wispelwey
    Conductor:  Jac Van Steen,  Lawrence Renes,  Richard Tognetti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Netherlands Wind Ensemble  ... 
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  • 87.
    Arensky, Mendelssohn: Trios / Trio Animae
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3018 Release Date: 12/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Anton Arensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Animae
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  • 88.
    Russian Soul - Glinka, Rachmaninov, Et Al / Lehner, Stucki
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1001 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  Nikolas Karjinsky,  Tibor Harsanyi,  Alexander Tcherepnin  ... 
    Performer:  Madeleine Stucki,  Wolfgang Lehner
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  • 89.
    Chinoiserie / Jenny Lin
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1110 Release Date: 05/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert William Ketčlbey,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Leo Ornstein,  John Adams  ... 
    Performer:  Jenny Lin
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  • 90.
    Aaron Rosand - Arensky, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn: Concertos
    Label: Vox Da Capo   Catalog: 7211 Release Date: 11/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Aaron Rosand
    Conductor:  Louis de Froment
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Arensky: Piano Trios No 1 & 2 / New Arts Trio
    Label: Fleur De Son   Catalog: 57930 Release Date: 12/02/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Arts Trio
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  • 92.
    The Heifetz Collection, Vol 27 - Arensky, Turina: Trios
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61758 Release Date: 04/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  Zoltán Kodály,  Joaquin Turina
    Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky,  Leonard Pennario,  Jascha Heifetz
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  • 93.
    Arensky: Violin Concerto;  Glazunov / Turovsky, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9528 Release Date: 02/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Maneli Pirzadeh,  Yegor Dyachkov,  Alexander Trostiansky
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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  • 94.
    Classical Princess - Music For Dress-up
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3215 Release Date: 10/24/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Reinhold Gliere  ... 
    Performer:  Mona Golabek,  Jeffrey Solow,  Andrés Cárdenes,  Carol Rosenberger  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz,  Zdenek Macal,  Donald Fraser,  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 95.
    Prima Voce - Nezhdanova In Opera & Song
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7877 Release Date: 06/04/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Joaquin Valverde,  Richard Wagner,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Antonina Nezhdanova,  U. Masetti
    Conductor:  I. P. Arkadiev
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  • 96.
    Dvorák: Concerto For Cello;  Et Al / Wispelwey, Renes
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 8695 Release Date: 03/12/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Karl Davidoff,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Paolo Giacometti,  Pieter Wispelwey
    Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Orchestral Favourites Vol Ii / Boughton, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7020 Release Date: 11/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  John Ireland,  Dag Wirén,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  William Boughton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Gabrilowitsch - Issued And Unissued Recordings (1923-29)
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1018 Release Date: 02/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Anton Arensky,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Performer:  Ossip Gabrilowitsch,  Harold Bauer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flonzaley String Quartet
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  • 99.
    Romances Of The Russian Masters / Linn Maxwell, Robert Mccoy
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 72 Release Date: 12/12/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Mikhail Glinka,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Linn Maxwell,  Robert McCoy
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  • 100.
    Arensky: Suites For Two Pianos / Stephen Coombs, Ian Munro
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66755 Release Date: 12/06/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Ian Munro,  Stephen Coombs
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