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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66755
Recording details: June 1994
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Keith Warren
Release date: October 1994
Total duration: 25 minutes 51 seconds

'Deliciously played by this remarkable duo partnership who show virtuosity and delicacy in equal measure. Altogether delightful music and captivating playing' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Gabrilowitsch and Bauer have serious competition here. This is a splendid disc, chock full of charm and dash. Exceptionally fine—a must for all lovers of romantic ensemble pianism' (American Record Guide)

'Hyperion have again found the perfect acoustic for this most delightful and effective music. All in all, this is one of the classiest and most enjoyable two-piano discs I've ever had the pleasure of hearing' (Classic CD)

'Scintillating performances' (Fanfare, USA)

Suite for two pianos No 3 'Variations', Op 33

Thème  [1'11]
Dialogue  [2'04]
Valse  [1'22]
Menuet  [1'41]
Gavotte  [3'12]
Scherzo  [3'44]
Marche funèbre  [4'00]
Nocturne  [3'10]
Polonaise  [3'17]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Suite No 3, Op 33 is a set of nine variations on an original theme and was completed in 1894, Arensky’s most prolific year as a composer. In addition to this Suite he composed his opera Rafael, his Second String Quartet, various solo piano works and his still-performed Piano Trio No 1 in D minor. 1894 also marked Arensky’s departure from Moscow to take up his post at the Imperial Chapel in St Petersburg. The Third Suite is technically the most demanding and best shows off Arensky’s talent as a miniaturist. In addition to a familiar waltz movement, it contains two dances from earlier centuries, a minuet and a gavotte—although the piano writing is decidedly that of the nineteenth-century virtuoso school. As with the First Suite Arensky finishes with another very fine, and very difficult, Polonaise.

from notes by Stephen Coombs © 1994

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