Dmitry Kabalevsky found his mature style and achieved international success with his first opera Colas Breugnon, the overture of which was soon picked up as an orchestral showpiece in the West. The Second Symphony was likewise championed by conductors such as Arturo Toscanini, its bittersweet sense of drama and lyricism comparable with Prokofiev. Dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, the First Symphony illustrates progress from oppression to liberation, while the later Pathetique Overture is a rousing and highly effective reminder of Kabalevsky’s skill in orchestration. Founded in 1925, the Malmo Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading major orchestras in Sweden. Performing the full breadth of the symphonicRead more repertoire, the MSO collaborates with prominent international conductors and soloists, including its current chief conductor Marc Soustrot. Since 2015 the MSO has resided in Malmo Live Concert Hall, a state of the art facility known for its world class acoustics.
With a dearth of Kabalevsky orchestral recordings in the catalog, this release is particularly welcome. The Malmo Symphony, conducted by Darrell Ang, are in fine form, and the engineers provide a very wide dynamic. Unreservedly recommended.
– David's Review Corner (David Denton)
More Russian themes and strong motor rhythms make their appearance in the Second Symphony, but this time the development is much more complex if not any more adventurous harmonically. Here, Ang’s conducting is pretty much spot-on, bringing out several salient details in the orchestration and providing a good driving rhythm.
Pathétique Overture, Op. 64by Dmitri Kabalevsky Conductor:
Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Written: 1960; USSR
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Fresh and DynamicNovember 8, 2019By Roland S. (Tiburon, CA)See All My Reviews"This is one of these projects where everything has come together the right way. The quality of the recording is as sharp as the musical execution, played by an orchestra and a conductor that manage to express their joy in playing this music. It sounds fresh and dynamic. If you love Shostakovich's most popular compositions and Prokofiev's works, you will certainly enjoy this excellent recording."Report Abuse