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Re: Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
« Reply #100 on: November 04, 2017, 06:42:11 PM »


Listening to the two string quartets from this disc. How is it possible that these works are not more known? This music blowed me away!! Two consistent, energic, melodious, passionate quartets that can't disappoint. The first one reminded me of Moeran, and the second one has a touch a la Shostakovich, being a little cruder than the first one. Overall, magnificent stuff.
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Re: Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
« Reply #101 on: November 04, 2017, 11:00:44 PM »


Listening to the two string quartets from this disc. How is it possible that these works are not more known? This music blowed me away!! Two consistent, energic, melodious, passionate quartets that can't disappoint. The first one reminded me of Moeran, and the second one has a touch a la Shostakovich, being a little cruder than the first one. Overall, magnificent stuff.
I couldn't agree with you more Caesar!
I've just been listening to this new release. I've hardly gone beyond the First Quartet which I keep replaying - it is a wonderfully lyrical and in places moving work. I think that your Moeran analogy is spot on. I've felt for many years that Kabalevsky was rather underrated. Works like the Cello Concerto 2 have great depth and Symphony No.4 is one of my favourites too along with Symphony 1 and Piano Concerto 1.

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Re: Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
« Reply #102 on: November 05, 2017, 12:13:31 PM »
I couldn't agree with you more Caesar!
I've just been listening to this new release. I've hardly gone beyond the First Quartet which I keep replaying - it is a wonderfully lyrical and in places moving work. I think that your Moeran analogy is spot on. I've felt for many years that Kabalevsky was rather underrated. Works like the Cello Concerto 2 have great depth and Symphony No.4 is one of my favourites too along with Symphony 1 and Piano Concerto 1.



Indeed, Jeffrey! Kabalevsky deserves much more attention. The first quartet is really lyrical, as you say, and very moving in some fragments. The 2nd quartet is just as good as the first one, perhaps a little bit better.

I'm very fond of his 4 symphonies. I think all of them are exceptional, very convincing. The cello concerto 2 is quite powerful, a work that shows aspects of turbulent times.

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Re: Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
« Reply #103 on: November 05, 2017, 12:52:57 PM »
Indeed, Jeffrey! Kabalevsky deserves much more attention. The first quartet is really lyrical, as you say, and very moving in some fragments. The 2nd quartet is just as good as the first one, perhaps a little bit better.

I'm very fond of his 4 symphonies. I think all of them are exceptional, very convincing. The cello concerto 2 is quite powerful, a work that shows aspects of turbulent times.
Do you know the wonderful performance of Cello Concerto No.2 Caesar with Kabalevsky conducting and Daniel Shafran playing the cello? I think that it is in a class of its own and deeply moving. The Symphony 1 shows the influence of his teacher Miaskovsky - a fine work and I'm delighted that there are now two recordings of the powerful Symphony 4.
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Re: Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
« Reply #104 on: November 05, 2017, 01:31:56 PM »
Kabalevsky's Colas Breugnon overture is one of the most inspiriting pieces of music I know - it's all great fun but the darker middle section contains a surprising amount of depth. It's rather like a Soviet cousin to Bernstein's overture to Candide.

Amongst his other works, the Cello Concerto no. 2 has been a great recent discovery of mine - it deserves to be counted among the greatest 20th century cello concertos. I also find the slow movement of his Cello Concerto no. 1 to be quite moving (the outer movements are comparatively inconsequential IMO). I must explore the rest of his output. I sampled his PC no. 2 which appealed greatly to me.
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Re: Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
« Reply #105 on: November 05, 2017, 02:09:55 PM »
Do you know the wonderful performance of Cello Concerto No.2 Caesar with Kabalevsky conducting and Daniel Shafran playing the cello? I think that it is in a class of its own and deeply moving. The Symphony 1 shows the influence of his teacher Miaskovsky - a fine work and I'm delighted that there are now two recordings of the powerful Symphony 4.

Unfortunately, I don't know that recording. I suppose it has to be a very significant performance, being conducted by the composer himself. I have this recording, which is very fine as well:


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Re: Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
« Reply #106 on: November 05, 2017, 02:11:32 PM »
Kabalevsky's Colas Breugnon overture is one of the most inspiriting pieces of music I know - it's all great fun but the darker middle section contains a surprising amount of depth. It's rather like a Soviet cousin to Bernstein's overture to Candide.

Amongst his other works, the Cello Concerto no. 2 has been a great recent discovery of mine - it deserves to be counted among the greatest 20th century cello concertos. I also find the slow movement of his Cello Concerto no. 1 to be quite moving (the outer movements are comparatively inconsequential IMO). I must explore the rest of his output. I sampled his PC no. 2 which appealed greatly to me.
Try PC No.1 Kyle as well - I really enjoy the work which is catchy and memorable but also has a slow movement of considerable depth.
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Re: Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
« Reply #107 on: November 05, 2017, 09:37:52 PM »
Try PC No.1 Kyle as well - I really enjoy the work which is catchy and memorable but also has a slow movement of considerable depth.

Will do, Jeffrey. :)
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Re: Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
« Reply #108 on: November 06, 2017, 02:46:33 AM »
Unfortunately, I don't know that recording. I suppose it has to be a very significant performance, being conducted by the composer himself. I have this recording, which is very fine as well:


Indeed - a great disc Caesar but do look out for the Kabalevsky/Shafran recording.
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Re: Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
« Reply #109 on: October 14, 2018, 12:55:33 AM »
I've been enjoying the First Piano Concerto, which I consider one of Kabalevsky's finest works. The Chandos recording with Kathryn Stott is probably the best but the version on Alto is very good - better than the Naxos I think. The slow movement is very fine and darkly moving. Here it is played with appropriate gravitas, whereas the Naxos sounds rushed and rather light-weight to me. My other favourites are symphonies 1 and 4 and the magnificent Cello Concerto 2 (especially in the Daniel Shafran/Kabalevsky recording).
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Re: Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
« Reply #110 on: October 14, 2018, 01:46:44 AM »
I've been enjoying the First Piano Concerto, which I consider one of Kabalevsky's finest works. The Chandos recording with Kathryn Stott is probably the best but the version on Alto is very good - better than the Naxos I think. The slow movement is very fine and darkly moving. Here it is played with appropriate gravitas, whereas the Naxos sounds rushed and rather light-weight to me. My other favourites are symphonies 1 and 4 and the magnificent Cello Concerto 2 (especially in the Daniel Safran/Kabalevsky recording).

Shafran didn't receive exposure in the West that Rostropovich enjoyed. His recording of the Kabalevsky 2nd CC is legendary and I very much doubt will be bettered. With my Melodiya LP it is coupled with Kabalevsky's violin concerto played by Victor Pikaizen.

I am very fond of a recording of Alexei Skavronsky playing piano works: Sonatina Op.13 No.1, Three Preludes from Op.38, Rondo Op.59 and Piano Sonata No.3. I have a weakness for piano pieces for or about children. Kabalevsky wrote much music for children's schools and the three movement Sonatina is such a piece with its vivid imagery. The most important work on the disc is the sonata, Kabalevsky said this about it "The sonata lacks a concrete programme, yet two themes, two major images: youth and war, prevail here. The collision of these themes and the final triumph of youth sums up the plot of the work."


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Re: Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
« Reply #111 on: October 15, 2018, 04:03:11 AM »
Shafran didn't receive exposure in the West that Rostropovich enjoyed. His recording of the Kabalevsky 2nd CC is legendary and I very much doubt will be bettered. With my Melodiya LP it is coupled with Kabalevsky's violin concerto played by Victor Pikaizen.

I am very fond of a recording of Alexei Skavronsky playing piano works: Sonatina Op.13 No.1, Three Preludes from Op.38, Rondo Op.59 and Piano Sonata No.3. I have a weakness for piano pieces for or about children. Kabalevsky wrote much music for children's schools and the three movement Sonatina is such a piece with its vivid imagery. The most important work on the disc is the sonata, Kabalevsky said this about it "The sonata lacks a concrete programme, yet two themes, two major images: youth and war, prevail here. The collision of these themes and the final triumph of youth sums up the plot of the work."


Very interesting I must look out for those works. The Daniel Shafran/Kabalevsky recording of the Cello Concerto 2 is (or was) available on a CD entitled 'Russian Soul'. I originally came across this wonderful performance on a Melodiya LP as well.
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Re: Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
« Reply #112 on: October 16, 2018, 06:00:58 PM »
As it happens with Prokofiev's Piano concertos, I don't get the Kabalevsky's, at least that impression has remained on me since then, but I don't give up! I'll try them in due course once more. And I definitely agree with you, Jeffrey, about the 2nd Cello Concerto: a tremendous and moving piece, one of my favorites for sure.

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Re: Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
« Reply #113 on: October 16, 2018, 06:09:38 PM »
As for the Piano Sonatas, this relatively new release is a thrilling tour de force:



Kabalevsky has been overshadowed chiefly by his compatriots Shostakovich and Prokofiev, but I think Kabalevsky deserves a similar attention.

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Re: Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
« Reply #114 on: October 17, 2018, 12:00:23 AM »
As for the Piano Sonatas, this relatively new release is a thrilling tour de force:



Kabalevsky has been overshadowed chiefly by his compatriots Shostakovich and Prokofiev, but I think Kabalevsky deserves a similar attention.

Great cover art too!
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