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Anton Arensky: Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor op. 32 (1894)

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Published on Oct 13, 2016

I. Allegro moderato II. Scherzo: Allegro molto III. Elegia (adagio) IV. Allegro non troppo

"In his youth” wrote Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, “Arensky did not escape some influence from me; later the influence came from Tchaikovsky. He will quickly be forgotten.” Although the comments on influence are fair, the dismissal is quite unjustifiable, as listeners to Arensky’s First Trio will agree. Like Tchaikovsky’s Trio, written in memory of Anton Rubinstein, Arensky’s Trio is also dedicated to a deceased friend, the cellist Karl Davidov. The first two movements, with their frequent dance-like invocations, are followed by a more sombre elegy. The final movement recalls earlier themes on its way to an exciting climax and a muted coda.

Igor Karsko, Jozef Luptak and Jonathan Powell give a committed performance at the 2016 Indian Summer in Levoca Festival.

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