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Ying Quartet plays Anton Arensky String Quartets nos 1 & 2; Piano Quintet, Op. 51

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>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 1 in G major, Op. 11
>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 35
>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Piano Quintet in D major, Op. 51

Album Summary

>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 1 in G major, Op. 11
>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 35
>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Piano Quintet in D major, Op. 51
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Notes & Reviews:

Sono Luminus is proud to be a part of the Ying Quartet's commitment to expanding the rich string quartet repertoire with their latest release, Anton Arensky. Because of Arensky's close relationship with Tchaikovsky, the release makes an intriguing follow-up to the Ying Quartet's earlier GRAMMY®-nominated record, Tchaikovsky: Three String Quartets and "Souvenir de Florence" Sextet In D Minor.

Allmusic.com
Performing Arensky's First and Second string quartets, along with the Piano Quintet, is the Ying Quartet. This ensemble's playing is characterized by a surprisingly precise, consistent uniformity of sound and exactness of articulation, making it seem as if a single instrument were playing as opposed to four independent parts. All aspects of their technical execution are polished and refined, which only enhances their equally enjoyable musical effusiveness, rich, deep tone, and understanding of Arensky's scores that casts them in the best possible light. This level of integrity continues when the quartet is joined by pianist Adam Neiman... The same consistency of sound production and ensemble cohesiveness provides listeners with a highly enjoyable way to experience Arensky's chamber works.

Fanfare Magazine
The Andante sostenuto is better: a simple, lyrical song whose charm lies in its rich accompanying harmonies, while a central section nods perfunctorily at counterpoint. But the finale is by far the best thing in the work, a theme and variations (a form that, like Glazunov, Arensky excelled at) of a very Russian cast. The variations revel in the art and unpredictability of which the composer was a master. With excellent sound, definitely recommended.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (02/16/2011-02/17/2010); Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (05/23/2011); Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (12/13/2010-12/14/2010).



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Works Details

>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 1 in G major, Op. 11
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (02/16/2011-02/17/2010); Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (05/23/2011); Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (12/13/2010-12/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 35
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (02/16/2011-02/17/2010); Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (05/23/2011); Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (12/13/2010-12/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Piano Quintet in D major, Op. 51
  • Performer: Adam Neiman (Piano)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (02/16/2011-02/17/2010); Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (05/23/2011); Sono Luminus, Boyce, Virginia (12/13/2010-12/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music