Anton Arensky

Anton Arensky (1861-1906)

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

String Quartet No. 1 in G major, Op. 11

(for 2 violins, viola and cello)
7:45 I. Allegro
5:19 II. Andante sostenuto
3:11 III. Menuetto. Allegretto
4:42 IV. Finale. Variations sur un thème Russe. Allegro non troppo
Duration: 18 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1888 (age 26-27)
1 recording, 4 videos
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Ying Quartet
I. Allegro
Ying Quartet
II. Andante sostenuto
Ying Quartet
III. Menuetto. Allegretto
Ying Quartet
IV. Finale. Variations sur un thème Russe. Allegro non troppo
From Edition Silvertrust

“Arensky's String Quartet No.1 in G, Op.11 dates from 1888. The Allegro opens with a very dramatic, almost virtuosic, first theme. A slight Andante has a fine melody and is full of contrapuntal writing. The light hearted Minuetto allegretto which follows sounds like something out of Les Vendredis. The finale, Variations sur un thème russe is quite striking and exciting with many extraordinary effects in the succeeding variations."
The Chamber Music Journal

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.

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