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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  • 76.
    Arensky: Raffaello;  Et Al / Domashenko, Orbelian, Et Al
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3319 Release Date: 10/05/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Marina Domashenko,  Alexander Vinogradov,  Tatjana Pavlova,  Vsevolod Grivnov
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow,  Philharmonia of Russia
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  • 77.
    Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival - Harbison, Arensky, Schnittke / Orion Quartet
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7551 Release Date: 09/21/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  John Harbison,  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Eric Kim,  Tim Eddy,  Alexander Kerr,  Kirsten Johnson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orion String Quartet
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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    Rachmaninov, Arensky, Et Al / John Ogdon, Brenda Lucas
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 69386 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Georges Bizet,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Performer:  Brenda Lucas,  John Ogdon
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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    English Poets, Russian Romances / Savenko, Blok
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67274 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mily Balakirev,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Boris Lyatoshinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Blok,  Vassily Savenko
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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    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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  • 92.
    Russian Images 2 / Vassily Savenko, Alexander Blok
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67205 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandr V. Mosolov,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Medtner,  Sergei Taneyev  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Blok,  Vassily Savenko,  Alexei Kropotov
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  • 93.
    Chinoiserie / Jenny Lin
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1110 Release Date: 05/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert William Ketèlbey,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Leo Ornstein,  John Adams  ... 
    Performer:  Jenny Lin
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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    Russian Images - Arensky, Balakirev, Et Al / Savenko, Blok
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67105 Release Date: 07/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Boris Lyatoshinsky,  Alexander Grechaninov,  Nikolai Medtner  ... 
    Performer:  Vassily Savenko,  Alexander Blok
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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    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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  • 98.
    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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  • 99.
    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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  • 100.
    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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