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Suite for two pianos No 1, Op 15
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'Arensky: Suites for Two Pianos' (CDA66755)
Arensky: Suites for Two Pianos
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'Bartlett & Robertson – Selected recordings, 1927-1947' (APR6012)
Bartlett & Robertson – Selected recordings, 1927-1947
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Movement 1: Romance
Movement 2: Valse
Movement 3: Polonaise

Suite for two pianos No 1, Op 15
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Of the four Suites for two pianos, only the Valse from the First Suite is regularly played today. Yet there is a consistency of quality and freshness throughout all the Suites which in itself gives a fascinating summary of Arensky’s creative output. Suite No 1, Op 15, written in 1888, is characteristic of Arensky’s easy fluidity and craftsmanship. Both the Romance and the Valse have deceptively simple tunes, and yet Arensky succeeds in surprising and delighting the listener with his graceful arabesques and virtuosic embellishments which thoroughly reflect the glittering and elegant cultural background of Tsarist Russia. The last movement of this Suite is an evocation of the Polonaise which always opened Court Balls: not so much a dance here as a stately procession in which guests formed themselves into two lines, leaving an aisle down the middle of the ballroom through which the Emperor and his consort would promenade. As the cortège proceeded, officers and gentlemen would detach themselves one by one and, taking the hand of a lady, join the procession as it toured the room.

from notes by Stephen Coombs © 1994

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Details for APR6012 disc 2 track 3
Movement 2: Valse
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ISRC
GB-SAM-13-01213
Duration
4'11
Recording date
27 June 1930
Recording venue
HMV, United Kingdom
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