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Anton Arensky (1861-1906) was a Russian pianist, teacher and composer. I've just been to a concert last weekend where his Piano Trio No. 1 was played. It contained music which was pretty dark, soulful & lyrical, reminiscent mainly of Tchaikovsky but also Mendelssohn. His main strength was apparently chamber music. Arensky studied with Rimsky Korsakov who said "In his youth Arensky did not escape some influence from me; later the influence came from Tchaikovsky. He will quickly be forgotten." I think history has proven Rimsky's comments to be of poor judgement, as Arensky's compositions are still being played. Arensky also made an impact as a teacher, instructing composers such as Scriabin, Rachmaninov & Gretchaninov. I did hear a similarity between the Arensky piano trio & those of Rachmaninov, so he may have been somewhat of an influence on these younger men. Arensky died only in his 40's, of tubercolosis.
 

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I agree, judging from the Piano Trio No. 1, Arensky wasn't interested in pushing boundaries but maintaining the traditions of Tchaikovsky & Mendelssohn. The work favours the cello a bit apparently as it was written in the memory of a great Russian cellist who died at the time. Similarly, Rachmaninov's Piano Trio No. 2 was written in memory of Tchaikovsky. & I think I remember reading that Tchaikovsky's own Piano Trio was also in memoriam to a friend. What's with these Russians, linking piano trios to death? Looks like it became a bit of a tradition to write such works towards the turn of the C20th...
 

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I like Arensky...

I also like very much his opera Raphael based on painter's life. His chamber music is very nice.

His symphonies, his violin concerto....

This is my Arensky's list:

ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH Six songs Marina Domashenko - Constantine, Philarmonia of Russia LIEDE DISQUE COMPACT 14/02/2007
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH RAFAEL - OPERA MP3 08/07/2009
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH Raffaello (Raphael) Marina Domashenko - Constantine, Philarmonia of Russia (sung in Italian) OPERA DISQUE COMPACT 14/02/2007
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH RAPHAEL - OPERA DISQUE COMPACT GRA V 09/01/2005
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH Zarema's aria from the fountain of Bakhshisarai Marina Domashenko - Constantine, Philarmonia of Russia OPERA DISQUE COMPACT 14/02/2007
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH 12 ETUDES FOR PIANO, OP.74 RICHARD ALSTON, PIANO SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 12/11/2006
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH 13E ETUDE FOR PIANO, OP.36 RICHARD ALSTON, PIANO SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 12/11/2006
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH 2 PIECES POUR CELLO ET PIANO OP.12 V. FEIGIN, CELLO - V.POLTORATSKY, PIANO SYMPH DISQUE VINYLITE 28/03/1997
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH 4 PIECES POUR CELLO ET PIANO OP.56 V. FEIGIN, CELLO - V.POLTORATSKY, PIANO SYMPH DISQUE VINYLITE 28/03/1997
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH CANTATA ON THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CORONATION, OP. 26 RUSSIAN STATE SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA (VALERY POLYANSKY, CONDUCT OR) SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 28/03/1997
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH CONCERTO POUR PIANO, OP.2 RICHARD ALSTON, PIANO - CZECH NATIANL SYMPH. ORCH (PAUL FREE MAN, COND) SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 12/11/2006
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH EGYPTIAN NIGHTS MOSCOW SYMPH( DMITRY YABLONSKY) SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 21/10/2009
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH ETUDE OP. 25 NO.3 IN G FLAT RICHARD ALSTON, PIANO SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 12/11/2006
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH FANTAISIE EN MI MINEUR SUR DES THEMES PIQUES RUSSES OP.48 ORCH. SYMPH. INNSBRUCK - DIR. ROBERT WAGNER SYMPH DISQUE VINYLITE 28/03/1997
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH FANTASIA MARGUERITE GAUTIER, OP. 9 EVGENY SVETLANOV SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 10/11/2009
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH FANTASY ON THEMES BY I.T. RYABININ OP. 48 RUSSIAN STATE SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA (VALERY POLYANSKY, CONDUCT OR) SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 28/03/1997
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH INTERMEZZO FOR ORCHESTRA OP. 13 BBC PHIL (VASSILY SINAISKY) SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 11/11/2006
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH INTERMEZZO IN G MINOR FOR STRINGS, OP. 13 EVGENY SVETLANOV SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 10/11/2009
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH INTRODUCTION TO NAL AND DAMAYANTI BBC PHIL (VASSILY SINAISKY) SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 11/11/2006
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH INTRODUCTION TO THE MUSICAL SCNENES FROM RENAISSANCE "RAPHAEL" EVGENY SVETLANOV SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 10/11/2009
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH INTRODUCTION TO THE OPERA "NAL AND DAMAJANTI" EVGENY SVETLANOV SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 10/11/2009
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH INTRODUCTION TO THE OPERA NAL AND DAMAJANTI USSR (SVETLANOV) SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 11/11/2006
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH MARCH "TO THE MEMORY OF SUVOROV" IN C MINOR EVGENY SVETLANOV SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 10/11/2009
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH OUVERTURE FROM A DREAM ON THE VOLGA USSR ORCHESTRA (COND. EVGENY SVETLANOV) SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 01/03/2003
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH OUVERTURE TO UN SONGE SUR LE VOLGA BBC PHIL (VASSILY SINAISKY) SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 11/11/2006
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH OVERTURE FROM "THE DREAM ON THE VOLGA" EVGENY SVETLANOV SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 10/11/2009
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH Piano trio in d minor, op. 32 The Amsterdam Chamber Music Society SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 05/09/2007
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH PIANO TRIO NO.1 OP.32 NEUES MUNCHNER KLAVIERTRIO SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 30/10/1999
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH PIANO TRIO NO.2 OP.73 NEUES MUNCHNER KLAVIERTRIO SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 30/10/1999
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH QUARTET IN A OP.35 (1894) THE ARENSKI ENSEMBLE SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 28/03/1997
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH SILHOUETTES (SUITE NO.2) OP.23 DANISH NATIONAL ORC - DIR. NEEME JARVI SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 28/03/1997
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH SILHOUETTES, SUITE NO. 2, OP. 23 POUR DEUX PIANOS ANAGNOSON ET KINTON SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 28/03/1997
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH String quart in A minor, op. 35 The Amsterdam Chamber Music Society SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 05/09/2007
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH SUITE FOR 2 PIANOS NO. 1 STEPHEN COOMBS, IAN MUNRO SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 08/10/2010
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH SUITE FOR 2 PIANOS NO. 2 STEPHEN COOMBS, IAN MUNRO SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 08/10/2010
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH SUITE FOR 2 PIANOS NO. 3 STEPHEN COOMBS, IAN MUNRO SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 08/10/2010
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH SUITE FOR 2 PIANOS NO. 4 STEPHEN COOMBS, IAN MUNRO SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 08/10/2010
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH SUITE NO. 1 USSR (SVETLANOV) SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 11/11/2006
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH SUITE NO. 1 OP. 15 POUR DEUX PIANOS ANAGNOSON ET KINTON SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 28/03/1997
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH SUITE NO. 2 USSR (SVETLANOV) SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 11/11/2006
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH SUITE NO. 3 EVGENY SVETLANOV SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 10/11/2009
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH SUITE NO. 3 (VARIATIONS) OP. 33 BBC PHIL (VASSILY SINAISKY) SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 11/11/2006
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH SUITE NO. 4 OP. 62 POUR DEUX PIANOS ANAGNOSON ET KINTON SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 28/03/1997
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH SYMPHONIE NO. 1 RUSSIAN STATE SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA (VALERY POLYANSKY, CONDUCT OR) SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 28/03/1997
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH symphonie no. 2 BBC PHIL (VASSILY SINAISKY) SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 11/11/2006
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH THREE VOCAL QUARTETS OP. 57 RUSSIAN STATE SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA (VALERY POLYANSKY, CONDUCT OR) SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 28/03/1997
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH VARIATIONS ON A THEME BY TCHAIKOVSKY LONDON SYMPH. ORC (ANTAL DORATI) SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 01/05/2006
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH VARIATIONS ON A THEME BY TCHAIKOVSKY OP.35a ENGISH CHAMBER ORCH. - J. SOMARY SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 28/03/1997
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH VARIATIONS ON A THEME BY TCHAIKOVSKY, OP. 35 A RUSSIAN STATE SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA (VALERY POLYANSKY, CONDUCT OR) SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 28/03/1997
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH VARIATIONS, SUITE NO. 3, OP. 33 POUR DEUX PIANOS ANAGNOSON ET KINTON SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 28/03/1997
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH VIOLIN CONCERTO I MUSICI DE MONTREAL (alexander trotiansky, violin) SYMPH DISQUE COMPACT 11/01/2007
ARENSKY ANTON S TEPANOVITCH VIOLIN CONCERTO ALEXANDER TROSIANSKY, VIOLIN - Members of the Sherbrooke Sym phony Orch. (Yuli Turovsky)

Happy new year.

Martin
 

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Personally...

I enjoy opera very much. I like his opera Raphael, I have a version in Russian and one in Italian, his suites, songs, his concertos for piano and violin, etc. I think Anton Arensky is not obscur for me...Of course he cannot be consider so important. He is maybe not so original...He was a Tchaikovsky Fan.

He's a late romantic, Tchaikovsky's school

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_Arensky

Sincerely,

Martin
 

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Arensky's two symphonies are very attractive works in the Rimsky-Korsakov/Borodin tradition.
I've heard the CD with the late Yevgeny Svetlanov and USSR symphony on one of the Russian labels,which is excellent, and I believe there is a Chandos recording with another Russian conductor, Vassily Sinaisky, but I haven't heard this.
Check arkivmusic.com for these two symphonies; it's by far the best place on the internet to look for obscure stuff and hard-to-find- classical CDs and DVDs.
Their selection is unbeatable.
 

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Let's see... I've heard his Scherzo Fantastique (I believe that's what it's called), and an overture to something, was it Raphael? But not much else, unfortunately. His music comes on the radio once in a while.

Look here, this is a pretty clever work, which he contributed to:
You can hear a significant difference when the next composer grabs the theme and changes it. Supposedly all these improvisations were made in one evening, as a game. :)
 

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Funny. I just listened to his piano trio no.1 in D minor, op.32 only two days ago. I thought it was very good. A solid traditional Romantic piece.
 

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Sad how he died due to complications with alcoholism. Like HC, I've also heard the 1st piano trio. It was played live here in Sydney last year by Kathryn Selby & her "Trioz" group. It's not a bad piece. I agree with myaskovsky2002 that Arensky was heavily influenced by Tchaikovsky, perhaps a bit too much for his own good. But it's hard to judge the man, especially since he died so young. If say Janacek had died at a similar age, then he probably would have been as obscure as Arensky, almost a footnote in the history of music, having been influenced and "guided" by other composers of the time, until he hit his 50's and a stream of masterpieces came from his pen...
 

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but a genious is a genious

Scriabin, Alban Berg, Anton Webern and Mozart died young too...They are my idols....(well I have at least 7 or 8 more...LOL).

I like Arensky I think I have all his recorded works...at least I tried.

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Excellent composer! I'm just falling in love with each new piece I've heard. The Suites for 2 Pianos, the Violin Concerto, and various short Orchestral pieces and overtures, I've loved each and every one. I'm glad to find the fire lit within me again for Russians. :)
 

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Excellent composer! I'm just falling in love with each new piece I've heard. The Suites for 2 Pianos, the Violin Concerto, and various short Orchestral pieces and overtures, I've loved each and every one. I'm glad to find the fire lit within me again for Russians. :)
What about Myaskovsky? Alexandre Tcherepnin, NIkolai Tcherepnin. If you want to see my Russian collection which makes me proud, you can go to my site and see Russian composers, if you please.

http://www3.bell.net/svp1

And click on Russian composers, you will see then. 65.734567383939% of my list corresponds to Russian composers.

Martin Bertinovich
 

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