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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 Trio No. 1 in d minor, Op. 32

(for violin, cello and piano)
10:35 I. Allegro moderato
6:00 II. Scherzo. Allegro molto
6:23 III. Elegia. Adagio
6:26 IV. Finale. Allegro non troppo
Duration: 32 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1894 (age 32-33)
Premiere: . Probably December 1894 in Moscow or St. Petersburg with Jan Hrímaly, cello, Anatoly Brandukov, and Arensky on piano
Published: 1894, Moscow: P. Jurgenson (age 32-33)
Dedication: To the memory of Karl Davidoff
9 recordings, 30 videos
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12:27
Nash Ensemble
I. Allegro moderato
6:08
Nash Ensemble
II. Scherzo. Allegro molto
7:25
Nash Ensemble
III. Elegia. Adagio
6:17
Nash Ensemble
IV. Finale. Allegro non troppo
13:38
Trio Enescu
I. Allegro moderato
6:17
Trio Enescu
II. Scherzo. Allegro molto
6:50
Trio Enescu
III. Elegia. Adagio
6:42
Trio Enescu
IV. Finale. Allegro non troppo
8:54
Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, Leonard Pennario
I. Allegro moderato
5:34
Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, Leonard Pennario
II. Scherzo. Allegro molto
5:37
Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, Leonard Pennario
III. Elegia. Adagio
5:27
Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, Leonard Pennario
IV. Finale. Allegro non troppo
11:54
Arensky Trio
I. Allegro moderato
5:55
Arensky Trio
II. Scherzo. Allegro molto
5:54
Arensky Trio
III. Elegia. Adagio
6:02
Arensky Trio
IV. Finale. Allegro non troppo
28:33
Meyers, Tsang, Nel
33:24
Claremont Trio (complete)
13:15
Claremont Trio
I. Allegro moderato
6:19
Claremont Trio
II. Scherzo. Allegro molto
6:58
Claremont Trio
III. Elegia. Adagio
6:04
Claremont Trio
IV. Finale. Allegro non troppo
9:02
Cardenes, Solow, Golabek
I. Allegro moderato
5:55
Cardenes, Solow, Golabek
II. Scherzo. Allegro molto
6:01
Cardenes, Solow, Golabek
III. Elegia. Adagio
5:42
Cardenes, Solow, Golabek
IV. Finale. Allegro non troppo
13:34
Bekova Sisters
I. Allegro moderato
6:13
Bekova Sisters
II. Scherzo. Allegro molto
7:08
Bekova Sisters
III. Elegia. Adagio
6:50
Bekova Sisters
IV. Finale. Allegro non troppo
From Edition Silvertrust

Anton ArenskyAnton 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.

Piano Trio No. 1 in d minor, Op. 32 was dedicated to the memory of the legendary Russian cellist, Karl Davidoff, director of the St. Petersburg conservatory during Arensky’s time there as a student.

The opening, Allegro moderato, is a big movement built around three themes and opens with a very dramatic subject, clearly influenced by Tchaikovsky, featuring triplets in the piano to a singing melody in the violin, which immediately captivates the listener. It appears throughout the movement including in the coda at the end when it is played adagio as a valedictory. The second subject, presented first by the cello, has the quiet, yet effective elegance of a simple song and a mood of hope. In the second movement, Scherzo-Allegro molto, the strings are given a sparse, though telling, theme which is played against a fleet and running part in the piano. The contrasting trio features a superb waltz, slavonic in nature, and one of many which this composer wrote. It became known as a typical example of “The Arensky Waltz.” The third movement, Elegia - Adagio reaches the heights of lyricism. The lovely sad opening melody is passed from the muted cello, to the muted violin and then to the piano and back again. It is a personal and intimate dialogue between the instruments, evocative of the composer’s friendship with Davidoff. The explosive and dramatic finale, Allegro non troppo, makes brilliant use of themes from the preceding Elegia as well as those of the first movement.

This is unquestionably a masterpiece which should be a staple of the repertoire and heard in concert. Amateurs will be very glad to make its acquaintance.

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