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Published on Jan 14, 2009
Arensky is known - if at all - as a composer nowadays, having studied under Rimsky-Korsakov. He was appointed to teaching harmony and composition at the Moscow Conservatory upon his graduation, teaching many famous names, such as Scriabin, Glière and Rachmaninoff.
He was a very fine pianist in his own right, and this recording, made just a few months after its composition, shows him performing in fragments of his own first Piano Trio in D minor, op.32. The violinist is Jan Hřímalý (1844-1915) and the cellist is Anatoly Brandukov (1856-1930). The recording was made in 1894.
There are hours and hours of these Russian cylinder recordings extant: go and buy the super 3CD set of transfers from Marston Records (http://www.marstonrecords.com)