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Arensky: Rachmaninov: Arensky Piano Trios-No 1, Op 32

Magazine article Gramophone

Arensky: Rachmaninov: Arensky Piano Trios-No 1, Op 32

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Arensky * Rachmaninov [C]

Arensky Piano Trios--No 1, Op 32; No 2, Op 73

Rachmaninov Vocalise, Op 34 No 14 (arr Conus)

Leonore Piano Trio

Hyperion [F] CDA68015 (73' * DDD)

This is the seventh in Hyperion's series of Arensky discs, beautifully erasing Rimsky-Korsakov's write-off (for him, Arensky was doomed to oblivion). Above all, here is music for all those who weary of grappling with the complexities of contemporary works to rejoice in an all-Russian fountain of melodic charm, embroidered with an alternating full and delicate tracery. True, as the admirable booklet-note has it, there are 'accents of regret and melancholy' never far below the surface of such riches, though Arensky wears such colouring more lighdy and less engulfingly than Rachmaninov (his early D minor Trio) and less intensely than Tchaikovsky. Such shadows are swept aside in the scintillating Scherzo of the First Trio and returned to once more in the third-movement 'Elegia' before being erased in a finale of a robust and endearing eloquence. …

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