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

'Arensky: Suites for Two Pianos' (CDA66755)
Arensky: Suites for Two Pianos
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Movement 01: Thème
Movement 02: Dialogue
Movement 03: Valse
Movement 04: Marche triomphale
Movement 05: Menuet
Movement 06: Gavotte
Movement 07: Scherzo
Movement 08: Marche funèbre
Movement 09: Nocturne
Movement 10: Polonaise

Suite for two pianos No 3 'Variations', Op 33
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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Details for CDA66755 track 17
Recording date
5 June 1994
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Keith Warren
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  1. Arensky: Suites for Two Pianos (CDA66755)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: October 1994
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