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Anton Arensky: Five Suites for Two Pianos / Piano Duo Genova & Dimitrov

> Suite No. 1 in F major, Op. 15 - I. Romance
> Suite No. 1 in F major, Op. 15 - II. Valse
> Suite No. 1 in F major, Op. 15 - III. Polonaise
> Suite No. 2, Op. 23, "Silhouettes" - I. Le savant (The Scholar)
> Suite No. 2, Op. 23, "Silhouettes" - II. La coquette
> Suite No. 2, Op. 23, "Silhouettes" - III. Polichinelle
> Suite No. 2, Op. 23, "Silhouettes" - IV. Le reveur (The Dreamer)
> Suite No. 2, Op. 23, "Silhouettes" - V. La danseuse (The Dancer)
> Suite No. 3, Op. 33, "Variations" - I. Theme
> Suite No. 3, Op. 33, "Variations" - II. Variation 1: Dialogue
> Suite No. 3, Op. 33, "Variations" - III. Variation 2: Valse
> Suite No. 3, Op. 33, "Variations" - IV. Variation 3: Marche triomphale
> Suite No. 3, Op. 33, "Variations" - V. Variation 4: Menuet (XVIIIeme siecle)
> Suite No. 3, Op. 33, "Variations" - VI. Variation 5: Gavotte
> Suite No. 3, Op. 33, "Variations" - VII. Variation 6: Scherzo
> Suite No. 3, Op. 33, "Variations" - VIII. Variation 7: Marche funebre
> Suite No. 3, Op. 33, "Variations" - IX. Variation 8: Nocturne
> Suite No. 3, Op. 33, "Variations" - X. Variation 9: Polonaise
> Suite No. 4, Op. 62 - I. Prelude
> Suite No. 4, Op. 62 - II. Romance
> Suite No. 4, Op. 62 - III. Le reve (The Dream)
> Suite No. 4, Op. 62 - IV. Finale: Presto
> Suite No. 5 in Canon-form, Op. 65, "Children's Suite" - I. Praeludium
> Suite No. 5 in Canon-form, Op. 65, "Children's Suite" - II. Aria
> Suite No. 5 in Canon-form, Op. 65, "Children's Suite" - III. Scherzino
> Suite No. 5 in Canon-form, Op. 65, "Children's Suite" - IV. Gavotte
> Suite No. 5 in Canon-form, Op. 65, "Children's Suite" - V. Elegia
> Suite No. 5 in Canon-form, Op. 65, "Children's Suite" - VI. Romance
> Suite No. 5 in Canon-form, Op. 65, "Children's Suite" - VII. Intermezzo
> Suite No. 5 in Canon-form, Op. 65, "Children's Suite" - VIII. Alla polacca

Album Summary

>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Suite for 2 pianos no 1, Op. 15
>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Suite for 2 pianos no 2 ("Silhouettes"), Op. 23
>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Suite for 2 pianos no 3 in C ("Variations"), Op. 33
>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Suite for 2 pianos no 4, Op. 62
>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Children's Suite, for piano, 4 hands (Suite no 5), Op. 65
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Expedition Audio Recommended
... Arensky composed these suites in a time span of about thirteen years, from 1890 to 1903. There is no appreciative change in the musical language from the first to the last, which is highly romantic, light and graceful. Although the music can be technically demanding, nothing is pompous or grandiose. The textures that Arensky creates are crystal clear, and he affords his happy listener a constant flow of inventive and beguiling melodies... ... read more ...

Abbado termed Genova and Dimitrov "THE piano duo of the young generation" and the two have indeed come to be regarded as one of today's most sought-after piano duos worldwide. On their latest CD, dedicated to their teacher Krainev, who died in 2011, they interpret suites by Arensky. Even though Arensky, who died at a young 45, never managed to control his self-destructive passions, he enjoyed enormous renown as a composer during his lifetime.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
Genova and Dimitrov are quite brilliant and fully the equal of the others. They don't have quite the finesse of Lavrova-Primakov, but play in generally quicker tempos. Their ensemble is spot on, and I am happy to have the additional suite. Booklet notes are thorough, if awkwardly (sometimes comically) translated from the original German. It would be hard to choose the best disc of the three I am fortunate to have. For completeness I'd probably go with this recording first, followed closely by Lavrova-Primakov.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2012
Arensky's five Suites for piano duo are unfailingly attractive and tuneful, and receive first-rate advocacy from Genova and Dimitrov.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hans-Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden (11/17/2010-11/19/2010).



Reviews

I feel gypped
Nowhere in the on-line description of this recording does it tell us that these "two piano" compositions have been reduced to "one piano, 4 hands" in this recording. To quote from the accompanying booklet: "This recording offers ... Five Suites for Two Pianos, here united on one instrument." Nowhere else is this information shown on the CD label or on the hbdirect site. One piano, four hands, can't produce the same sonority as two pianos.
Submitted on 03/29/13 by Bob_S 
Actually, it is 2 pianos
There's confusion out there about this. The problem seems to be tied to a poor translation from the German in the booklet notes. Genova and Dimitrov *do* play on two separate instruments. If you listen carefully, you'll hear that the crossing of registers between the two players would be quite impossible if attempted from a single bench. It's a splendid CD! Don't miss it!
Submitted on 08/19/13 by Paul Ballyk 
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Works Details

>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Suite for 2 pianos no 1, Op. 15
  • Ensemble: Piano Duo Genova & Dimitrov
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden (11/17/2010-11/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Suite for 2 pianos no 2 ("Silhouettes"), Op. 23
  • Ensemble: Piano Duo Genova & Dimitrov
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden (11/17/2010-11/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Suite for 2 pianos no 3 in C ("Variations"), Op. 33
  • Ensemble: Piano Duo Genova & Dimitrov
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden (11/17/2010-11/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Suite for 2 pianos no 4, Op. 62
  • Ensemble: Piano Duo Genova & Dimitrov
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden (11/17/2010-11/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Children's Suite, for piano, 4 hands (Suite no 5), Op. 65
  • Ensemble: Piano Duo Genova & Dimitrov
  • Notes: Hans-Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden (11/17/2010-11/19/2010)
  • Period Time: Romantic