Arensky: Piano Trio No. 1; Piano Trio No. 2

COMPOSERS: Arensky
LABELS: Philips
WORKS: Piano Trio No. 1; Piano Trio No. 2
PERFORMER: Beaux Arts Trio
CATALOGUE NO: 442 127-2 DDD
Tempered by Rimsky-Korsakov’s orientalism and Tchaikovsky’s eclectic refinement, Anton Arensky’s pristine, elevated style is nowhere more arresting than in his two splendid piano trios. These richly sonorous, predominantly elegiac compositions are magnificently played by the Beaux Arts Trio. Recorded sound is of demonstration quality, and these sensational accounts deserve the strongest conceivable recommendation – I’ve listened to little else since this disc arrived for review. Michael Jameson

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