Anton Arensky

Anton Arensky (1861-1906)

Nationality: Russian
Born: July 12, 1861, Novgorod Died: February 25, 1906, Terioki, Finland (now Zelenogorsk, Russia) (age 44)

Piano Quintet in D major, Op. 51

(for 2 violins, viola, cello and piano)
6:59 I. Allegro moderato
6:29 II. Variations. Andante - Tempo di Valse - Allegro molto - Tempo I
7:18 III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
3:19 IV. Finale. Fuga. Allegro moderato
Duration: 22 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1900 (age 38-39)
4 recordings, 16 videos
autoplay
7:35
Ying Quartet
I. Allegro moderato
7:19
Ying Quartet
II. Variations. Andante - Tempo di Valse - Allegro molto - Tempo I
8:47
Ying Quartet
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
3:52
Ying Quartet
IV. Finale. Fuga. Allegro moderato
6:39
Musica Viva
I. Allegro moderato
6:05
Musica Viva
II. Variations. Andante - Tempo di Valse - Allegro molto - Tempo I
6:47
Musica Viva
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
3:11
Musica Viva
IV. Finale. Fuga. Allegro moderato
7:05
Sergey Koudriakov, et. al.
I. Allegro moderato
6:37
Sergey Koudriakov, et. al.
II. Variations. Andante - Tempo di Valse - Allegro molto - Tempo I
7:21
Sergey Koudriakov, et. al.
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
3:28
Sergey Koudriakov, et. al.
IV. Finale. Fuga. Allegro moderato
6:37
Unknown ensemble
I. Allegro moderato
5:53
Unknown ensemble
II. Variations. Andante - Tempo di Valse - Allegro molto - Tempo I
6:16
Unknown ensemble
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
2:46
Unknown ensemble
IV. Finale. Fuga. Allegro moderato
From Edition Silvertrust

"The Piano Quintet, which dates from 1900, is a masterpiece of Arensky's maturity. The Quintet consists of the ususal four movements. The first, Allegro moderato, is in a histronic fashion, its dense texture recalling Schumann's Quintet. The second movement is simply entitled Variations. The theme comes from an old French folksong, Sur le Pont d'Avignon. In addition to the theme, there are four variations, of which the Tempo di Valse is particularly noteworthy for its shifting harmonies. The capricious Scherzo which follows has two trios. The finale, Fuga. Allegro moderato, as the title suggests begins with a fugue, baroque-sounding, which is eventually abandoned when the main theme from the first movement reappears as a coda. This Quintet is most effective, affords enjoyable playing, and comes off well in performance."
— V.M Belaiev writing In the Cyclopedic Survey of Chamber Music.

Anton Arensky (1861-1906) was born in Novgorod but his family moved to St. Petersburg while he was still relatively young. His first piano lessons were from his mother. He entered the Petersburg Conservatory in 1879 and three years later graduated with high honors. Among his principal teachers was Rimsky-Korsakov. He subsequently taught at the Moscow Conservatory where he befriended and was influenced by Tchaikovsky and Sergei Taneyev.

This important addition to the piano quintet repertoire has been unavailable for many years now and we are very pleased to reintroduce such a fine work.

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