Arensky: Two Quartets, Op. 55 (ca. 1900)

• SATB quartet [or choir?], a cappella. [Russian/German] 4′

Edited by Dean Crocker, 2017

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Previously published 1900 by Jurgenson (Moscow & Leipzig)

Anton Stepanovich Arensky , 1861/07/31 (Novgorod, Russia)‒1906/02/25 (Tarioki, Finland). Pianist and composer, studied at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory with Johanssen and Rimsky-Korsakov. Professor, Moscow Conservatory, where his students included Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, and Gretchaninov. Director, Imperial Court Choir. Composer of operas and ballets, a piano concerto, and much symphonic and chamber music.

№ 1. Устало все кругомъ [All around has grown weary]
Устало все кругомъ: усталъ и цвѣтъ небесъ,
и вѣтеръ, и рѣка, и мѣсяцъ, что родился,
и ночь, и възелени потухшей спящійи лѣсъ,
и желтый тотъ листокъ, что наконецъ свалился…

—Afnasy Fet (1820‒1892) [German lyrics by Lina Esbeer]

№ 2. Они любили друг друга [They loved each other]
Они любили друг друга так долго и нежно,
С тоской глубокою и страстью безумно-мятежной!
Но, как враги, избегали признанья и встречи,
И были пусты и хладны их краткие речи…

—Mikhail Lermontov (1814‒1841) [German lyrics by Lina Esbeer]

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