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Arensky: Symphony No. 2 etc.

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2003

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2003


BBC Philharmonic

Vassily Sinaisky


New Broadcasting House, Manchester


Brian Pidgeon


Mike George



Stephen Rinker

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 66:02
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Overture to 'Un songe sur le Volga', Op. 16

  A Dream on the Volga  
  Maestoso - Moderato assai - Allegro - Maestoso  

Introduction to 'Nal and Damayanti', Op. 47

  Andante sostenuto - Allegretto - Allegro moderato - Presto - Andante sostenuto - Allegretto  

Suite No. 3 'Variations', Op. 33

  À Monsieur le Baron N. de Korff  
3 Theme. Andante con moto 1:34
4 I Dialogue. Andante sostenuto 2:19
5 II Valse. Allegro 1:27
6 III Marche triomphale. Maestoso 2:18
7 IV Menuet (XVIIIème siècle) 1:22
8 V Gavotte. Allegro 4:07
9 VI Scherzo. Presto 3:54
10 VII Marche funèbre. Adagio non troppo 4:26
11 VIII Nocturne. Andantino 3:34
12 IX Polonaise. Allegro moderato 3:11

Intermezzo for Orchestra, Op. 13

  Dedicated to the Moscow Musical Circle  
  in G minor - in G-Moll - en sol mineur  
  Presto - Meno mosso - Presto - Coda. Prestissimo  

Symphony No. 2, Op. 22

  in A major - in A-Dur - en la majeur  
14 I Allegro giocoso 6:20
15 II Romance. Adagio ma non troppo 6:28
16 III Intermezzo. Allegretto 3:57
17 IV Finale. Allegro giocoso e poi fuga 4:08
Anton Stepanovich Arensky
Russia, 1861-1906

The Russian composer, conductor and pianist Arensky was a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov at St. Petersburg Conservatory and later taught at the Moscow Conservatory, where his pupils included Rachmaninov and Scriabin. His music is an eclectic blend of Russian idiom and late romantic tradition.

Vassily Sinaisky is master of this repertoire and has made a string of recording of Russian music with the BBC Philharmonic, all of which have received tremendous critical acclaim.

This CD presents some of Arensky’s finest orchestral works and is thus a good introduction to the composer.

Arensky’s Second Symphony was completed in 1889. Its strong and confident opening is perhaps a reflection of his growing reputation. One of its most remarkable features is its original handling of a traditional form. In the usual four movements, the symphony begins according to the textbook rules of sonata form, but at the point at which we expect the recapitulation to occur, Arensky suddenly breaks off and changes the mood entirely by neatly dovetailing the music into the ensuring Romanza. The Intermezzo fulfils the function of the usual symphonic scherzo in which Arensky employs his favourite quintuple time and it is only in the short, concluding Finale that the missing recapitulation from the first movement occurs, bringing the symphony to a triumphant close.
Arensky scored a great success with his four-act opera, A Dream on the Volga. The opera is still awaiting resurrection but the orchestral introduction clearly shows the composer’s dramatic flair and his gift for melody, colour and orchestration.
Arensky’s Suite No. 3 consists of a theme and nine characteristic variations. Dance rhythms predominate and though the baroque Minuet and Gavotte are retained, they are treated very much in the late romantic manner. In this world of rich musical fantasy, Chopin rubs shoulders with Handel to the strains of an urbane salon waltz, whilst the glittering polonaise that ends the suite evokes the very epitome of Russian imperial splendour.
The Intermezzo in G minor is a neatly crafted piece that may well have served Rachmaninov as a model for his early symphonic scherzo in D minor.

'There is plenty to delight ear here, in the delicate dances and variations of the Suite No. 3, in the dramatic vigour of the introduction to the opera Nal and Damayanti, and in the charming little Intermezzo.'
The Telegraph

E Crabbe

J Stygall