ANTON ARENSKY (1861-1906): Piano Trios No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32 and No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 73.
Catalogue Number: 02U037
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Mendelssohn comes to mind in the vernal surge of energy that opens the first trio (1895) which is by far Arensky’s best-known work beyond his piano music. The somber third-movement elegy is a tribute to the cellist Karl Davidov, and accordingly opens with a soulful cello melody, before an impassioned finale banishes all introspection. Dating from 1905, the second, less-recorded, replaces youthful energy with a more concise and refined harmonic idiom that brings Fauré to mind́ at points such as the polished, elusive second-movement Romance. After a delightfully capricious scherzo full of subtle rhythmic shifts and conversational hesitations, the work concludes with an expansive set of variations on a noble theme in Tchaikovskian vein. Trio Carducci.