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Kabalevsky: Preludes, Sonata No 3, Sonatina / Mclachlan

Kabalevsky / Mclachlan
Release Date: 05/04/2010 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1084   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
Performer:  Murray McLachlan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

McLachlan knows his Russian repertoire and his recordings show this in full.

The music of Kabalevsky has been as much a victim of musical condemnation because of the composer’s politics as that of Alan Bush. His symphonies - try the Eiji Oue set on CPO - are solid constructs. The Violin Concerto can be heard on Regis RRC1310 where the soloist is Andrew Hardy. Marina Tarasova pays the two cello ciocnetos on Regis RRC 1116. His Piano Concertos (on Regis and Chandos) are totally enjoyable. Hsin-Ni Liu (piano) plays the Third on Naxos 8.557794; not to forget Kathryn Stott on Chandos with piano concertos 2 and 3.

His solo piano music is just as satisfying and Murray McLachlan proves a doughty advocate with a
Read more grand feel for the romantic Russian idiom - grotesquerie, fantasy and rugged bell patterns. No one could claim that Kabalevsky kept au fait with fashion so his writing can often seem reactionary. It is less angular than the further reaches of Prokofiev and perhaps has more in common with the more celebratory Bax or Rachmaninov in his grandest of grand manners. His Preludes have been recorded before but few of the existing versions sound as good as this - sample the Fifth Prelude (D major). The Sonatina is in three movements exploring youthful delights, lilting melody and whirlwind races. The end-of-War Third Piano Sonata is in much the same idiom as the Sonatina but with greater determination and more depth.

To complement the present collection try Regis RRC on RRC1324 where the sonatas are played by Arthur Pizzarro

Alternative versions of the 24 Preludes are available from Dossin on Naxos, Deluze on Pavane and Flier on APR.

The extensive liner-note is by Murray McLachlan.

McLachlan knows his Russian repertoire and his recordings show this in full.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 38 by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Performer:  Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USSR 
2. Sonata for Piano no 3, Op. 46 by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Performer:  Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USSR 
3. Sonatina for Piano in C major, Op. 13 no 1 by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Performer:  Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930 

Customer Reviews

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 Very Nice Performance April 7, 2014 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "English pianist Murray McLachlan plays 3 works by 20th century Russian composer (which is to say Soviet-era composer) Dimitri Kabalevsky with panache and flair, providing the listener with a scintillating introduction to some unfamiliar music. Each piece (24 Preludes, Sonatina, and Sonata # 3)has its own rhythms and nuances, especially the Preludes with a multitude of keys and tempo markings. If there is one characteristic common to the entire program, I would say it can be found in Kabalevsky's conservative, leaner approach to piano composition (at times almost monophonic), compared to the much denser textures found in other Russian composers (e.g.- Rachmaninov). I found everything to be tonal with no hint of dissonant intrusions (Soviet cultural standards at play here?), yet with a certain quirkiness in expression that is quite interesting and innovative. In short, Kabalevsky's piano music is worth investigating, if this disk is any indication. Recommended to all piano enthusiasts." Report Abuse
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