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Kabalevsky: Romeo And Juliet; The Comedians; Spring; Overtures / Lapunov, Byelorussian Radio & TV Orchestra

Kabalevsky / Byelorussian Radio & Tv Sym Orch
Release Date: 07/31/2012 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 2017   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
Conductor:  Anatoly Lapunov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Byelorussian Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Film Music: The Neglected Art, July 2012

Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904–1987) is a household musical name in Russia but outside his country he is pretty much identified with The Comedians…a suite he created based on a children’s play he wrote music for. Hopefully this new CD offering from Delos in their continuing project of reissues from the defunct Russian Disc label will introduce you to an extremely accessible composer.

“Overture Pathetique,” Op. 64…begins with an upbeat melody filled with enthusiasm and hope from the woodwinds which is the basis for the entire work. There is no complicated harmony only each orchestral section offering this tune which is brought to a rousing conclusion.

“Overture to
Read more the Opera Colas Breugon,” Op. 24…begins upbeat with a vivacious fun melody that is offered from the entire orchestra with emphasis placed on the brass. It will instantly put you in good spirits and offers a snappy bright conclusion.

“The Comedians,” Op. 26…opens with a short prologue that will remind you of Shostakovich with the opening fanfare of brass slightly askew which leads into his well known gavotte, a melody that you’ll remember instantly. The work is definitely a fun listen.

The opening selection “Romeo and Juliet,” Op. 56 subtitled musical drawings after Shakespeare…is a mixture of somber melodramatic material as well as fun and gaiety. The tone poem offers a fine example of the tonal colors and orchestration that Dmitry is capable of. While one can hear the Tchaikovsky it still has its own unique flavor. Again each section is a separate miniature that is capable of standing alone.

As an avid classical listener I found this material to be bright and extremely accessible. The Byelorrussian Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra perform like it was quite familiar with the material. Anatoly Lapunov seems to have chosen a comfortable pace that I found quite acceptable. The recording is clear and crisp with good separation and tonal range. I’m enjoying the reissue project from Delos and look forward to more in the future.

© 2012 Film Music: The Neglected Art
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Works on This Recording

1.
Romeo and Juliet Suite, Op. 56 by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Conductor:  Anatoly Lapunov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Byelorussian Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USSR 
2.
Pathétique Overture, Op. 64 by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Conductor:  Anatoly Lapunov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Byelorussian Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
3.
Comedians Suite, Op. 26 by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Conductor:  Anatoly Lapunov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Byelorussian Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940 
4.
Colas Breugnon, Op. 24: Overture by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Conductor:  Anatoly Lapunov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Byelorussian Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938/1969; USSR 
5.
Spring, Op. 65 by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Conductor:  Anatoly Lapunov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Byelorussian Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 

Sound Samples

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 56: I. Introduction
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 56: II. Morning in Verona
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 56: III. Preparation for the Ball
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 56: IV. Procession of the Guests
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 56: V. Quick Dance
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 56: VI. Lyrical Dance
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 56: VII. In the Cell of Friar Laurence
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 56: VIII. Tarantella
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 56: IX. Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 56: X. Death and Reconciliation
Komedianti (The Comedians), Op. 26: I. Prologue: Allegro vivace
Komedianti (The Comedians), Op. 26: II. Galop: Presto
Komedianti (The Comedians), Op. 26: III. March: Moderato
Komedianti (The Comedians), Op. 26: IV. Waltz: Moderato
Komedianti (The Comedians), Op. 26: V. Pantomime: Sostenuto e pesante
Komedianti (The Comedians), Op. 26: VI. Intermezzo: Allegro scherzando
Komedianti (The Comedians), Op. 26: VII. Little lyrical scene: Andantino semplice
Komedianti (The Comedians), Op. 26: VIII. Gavotte: Allegretto
Komedianti (The Comedians), Op. 26: IX. Scherzo: Presto assai e molto leggiero
Komedianti (The Comedians), Op. 26: X. Epilogue: Allegro molto e con brio - Senza ritardando
Pathetique Overture, Op. 64
Symphonic Poem, Op. 65: Vesna (Spring), Op. 65
Colas Breugnon, Op. 24: Overture

Customer Reviews

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 Kabalevsky October 10, 2012 By Jack Nelson (San Diego, CA) See All My Reviews "I found that much of these performances were too fast. Some, as in the "Comedians", MUCH too fast." Report Abuse
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