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Anton Arensky (1861-1906): Piano Quintet, Op. 51; String Quartet No. 2; Piano Trio No. 1 / Spectrum Concerts Berlin

Album Summary

>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Piano Quintet in D major, Op. 51
>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 35
>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 32
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Notes & Reviews:

Anton Arensky belonged to the generation between Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, his early flair leading Tolstoy to state that, "among the new composers he is the best, he is simple and melodious." Lacking a Russian tradition for the genre, Arensky's Piano Quintet draws on Brahms and Mendelssohn for its sweeping themes and sparkling wit. The Second String Quartet was written in memory of Tchaikovsky and is a tender, elegiac work unusual in its scoring with two cellos. Dedicated to his cellist friend Karl Davidoff, the First Piano Trio is also a wonderfully heartfelt and virtuosic masterpiece.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2016
The Quartet's rich resonance recalls that of a Russian Orthodox choir...I was also struck at the work's opening by the viol-like sound conjured by the Spectrum Concerts Berlin players, enhancing Arensky's already inventive scoring in which the first cello at that point is the highest sounding instrument. The Piano Quintet receives at least as agood a performance, capturing its slow movement's soulful quality and the scherzo's carefree playfulness.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Philharmonie, Kammermusiksaal, Berlin, Germany (04/25/2014).



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>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Piano Quintet in D major, Op. 51
  • Performers: Boris Brovtsyn (Violin); Jens Maintz (Cello); Eldar Nebolsin (Piano); Maxim Rysanov (Viola); Alexander Sitkovetsky (Violin)
  • Conductor: Frank Dodge
  • Ensemble: Spectrum Concerts Berlin
  • Running Time: 23 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 35
  • Performers: Boris Andrianov (Cello); Boris Brovtsyn (Violin); Jens Maintz (Cello); Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
  • Conductor: Frank Dodge
  • Ensemble: Spectrum Concerts Berlin
  • Running Time: 27 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 32
  • Performers: Boris Andrianov (Cello); Boris Brovtsyn (Violin); Eldar Nebolsin (Piano)
  • Conductor: Frank Dodge
  • Ensemble: Spectrum Concerts Berlin
  • Running Time: 26 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1894
  • Studio/Live: Live