Arensky - Egyptian Nights | Naxos 8573633

Arensky - Egyptian Nights

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573633

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Ballet

Release Date: 27th August 2021



Moscow Symphony Orchestra


Dmitry Yablonsky


Arensky, Anton

Egyptian Nights, op.50


Moscow Symphony Orchestra


Dmitry Yablonsky


A student of Rimsky-Korsakov and the teacher of Rachmaninov and Scriabin, Anton Arensky holds a distinguished place in the history of Russian music as both an academic and a composer. For his 1900 ballet Egyptian Nights, based on Pushkin, he chose an exotic theme – the dangerous love of the handsome Amoun for Queen Cleopatra – and sought authentic melodic material in scholarly texts. With his gift for orchestration and colour, Arensky fashioned a sensuous and vivid score, featuring a brilliantly conceived series of dances.

This was a world premiere recording on its initial release on Marco Polo 8225028, recorded in 1996. Gramophone wrote: ‘The playing is suitably colourful, the recording responsive to that’, as did Fanfare: ‘The Moscow Symphony Orchestra clearly revels in this repertoire, and it plays with spirit and enjoyment.’

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