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Kabalevsky: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Bang, Et Al


Release Date: 03/21/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557683   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
Performer:  In-Ju Bang
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dimitri Kabalevsky's First Piano Concerto owes a heck of a lot to Prokofiev's Second--so much so that at times you might think you are listening to that work. But Prokofiev is more formally imaginative, edgier, and more melodically distinctive, and that explains why this Kabalevsky work isn't well known. Every movement goes on a couple of minutes longer than it should--but that said, it's still very listenable and often quite appealing. Pianist In-Ju Bang certainly can't be faulted for any lack of color or character; she brings plenty of freshness and no lack of virtuosity to the part. But this is perhaps better appreciated in the shorter and more distinctive Second Piano Concerto. Here, Bang is at least as interesting as Kathryn Stott on Read more Chandos (though the latter has the more interesting couplings and slightly better sonics). Dmitry Yablonsky and his sometimes hit-or-miss band are in very good form here, in music for which they have a clear affinity. Okay, the music may not be uniformly great, but it's very enjoyable, and so are the performances.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 9 by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Performer:  In-Ju Bang (Piano)
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USSR 
Venue:  Studio 5, Moscow Radio 
Length: 31 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Studio 5, Moscow Radio (12/24/2004 - 12/28/2004) 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 23 by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Performer:  In-Ju Bang (Piano)
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Moscow 
Venue:  Studio 5, Moscow Radio 
Length: 24 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Studio 5, Moscow Radio (12/24/2004 - 12/28/2004) 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 9: I. Moderato quasi andantino
Piano Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 9: II. Moderato - Allegro assai
Piano Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 9: III. Vivace marcato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 23: I. Allegro moderato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 23: II. Andantino semplice
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 23: III. Allegro molto

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