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Dmitri Kabalevsky

Biography

Born: December 30, 1904; Russia   Died: February 14, 1987; Russia  
The music of Russian composer and teacher Dmitri Kabalevsky was hailed by Communist authorities as the finest incarnation of their artistic vision. Born in St. Petersburg in 1904, he lived during a notoriously difficult time for composers in that country. In 1918, Kabalevsky moved with his family to Moscow, where he studied at the Scriabin Music School. At the age of 18, Kabalevsky began to compose, primarily for the piano. His early pieces were Read more studies for his young students, a practical facet of his compositional output which would remain with him throughout his career. He entered the Moscow Conservatory in 1925, studying piano with Goldenweiser and composition with Miaskovsky, the latter being particularly influential on Kabalevsky's developing musical outlook. By the end of the 1920s Kabalevsky was gaining notoriety as a composer; in 1928 the premiere of his First Piano Concerto launched him into the forefront of Soviet composers, while at the same time, the charming C major Sonatina for piano brought him international acclaim.
From his appointment to the composition faculty of the Moscow Conservatory in 1932 to his death in 1987, Kabalevsky produced a steady stream of works which sought to embody Soviet musical ideals through the use of diatonic tonality and accessible structural contours. He is perhaps best known for the overture to his opera Colas Breugnon (1936) which Arturo Toscanini conducted worldwide in the 1940s and 1950s. His suite The Comedians (1940), is another well-known work, especially the Galop, which has become a pops concert favorite, while the Piano Concerto No. 2 (1935) is likely his finest purely musical achievement. A series of concertos for young players (Violin 1948, Cello 1949, and the Third Piano Concerto of 1952) has greatly enriched the literature for student soloists. Kabalevsky's Requiem, Op. 72, completed in 1962, is a memorial to those who lost their lives during World War II. The text is based on a poem written by Robert Rozhdestvensky.
In addition to his compositional activities, Kabalevsky was a frequent contributor to pedagogical magazines and he held positions on various State educational bodies. Kabalevsky joined the Communist Party in 1940; by 1941 he received the Medal of Honour from the Soviet government for his musical prowess. During World War II, Kabalevsky wrote several inspirational songs and battle hymns. In 1942, his Great Homeland, and Avengers of the People were written to inspire heroism and patriotism. Kabalevsky's popular The Taras Family (1947) used music from the opera In the Fire. It became a success in spite of the 1948 party decree on music, probably because Kabalevsky's music had become more lyrical in nature. Kabalevsky was one of the few well-known Soviet composers who escaped the infamous 1948 condemnation of composers by the Central Committee of the Communist Party. (The scapegoats, including Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Khachaturian, and Miaskovsky were censured for indulging in "decadent formalism.")
Later in life, Kabalevsky became more involved in choral music. Kabalevsky continued to be a force in musical education. He was elected the head of the Commission of Musical Esthetic Education of Children in 1962, as well as being elected president of the Scientific Council of Educational Esthetics in the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of the U.S.S.R. in 1969. Kabalevsky also received the honorary degree of president of the International Society of Musical Education. Read less
Kabalevsky: Piano Concerto No 3; Rimsky-korsakov: Piano Concerto / Liu, Yablonsky
Release Date: 06/24/2008   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557794   Number of Discs: 1
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Kabalevsky: Preludes (Complete) / Alexandre Dossin
Release Date: 07/28/2009   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570976   Number of Discs: 1
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Kabalevsky: Romeo & Juliet, Colas Breugnon, Etc / Jelvakov
Release Date: 09/17/1996   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553411   Number of Discs: 1
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Kabalevsky: Cello Concertos No 1 & 2, Etc / Rudin, Golovchin
Release Date: 10/06/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553788   Number of Discs: 1
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Kabalevsky: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Bang, Et Al
Release Date: 03/21/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557683   Number of Discs: 1
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    Prokofiev, Kabalevsky  / Leonard Elschenbroich
    Label: Onyx (Classical Label)   Catalog: 4122 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Alexei Grynyuk,  Leonard Elschenbroich,  Petr Limonov
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
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    Phase 4 Stereo - Stereo Concert Series
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002188302 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Charles A. Zimmerman,  Francis S. Van Boskerck,  George Norton  ... 
    Performer:  Stanley Black,  David Parkhouse,  Alan Loveday,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Rodney Bashford,  Stanley Black,  Bernard Herrmann,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenadier Guards Band,  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Recording Ensemble  ... 
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    Kabalevsky - A Recital Of Concert Pieces / Kirsten Johnson
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6283 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Kirsten Johnson
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    A Tribute To Erling Blondal Bengtsson, Vol. 3
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 740 Release Date: 05/20/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Felix Mendelssohn,  André Jolivet
    Performer:  Erling Blondal Bengtsson,  Anker Blyme
    Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Jacquillat
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 2
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300350 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Byron Janis,  Gary Graffman,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips,  Fritz Reiner,  Pierre Monteux,  Charles Munch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 1
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 541497 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Berj Zamkochian,  John Weicher,  Philip Farkas,  Jascha Heifetz  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  New England Conservatory Alumni Chorus  ... 
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  • 7.
    Vladimir Horowitz Plays Great Sonatas
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7884092 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Muzio Clementi  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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    Dmitri Kabalevsky: Cello Concertos 1 & 2; Colas Breugnon Suite
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777668 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Torleif Thedéen
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hannover
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    Shostakovich, Kabalevsky: Cello Concertos / Ma, Ormandy
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 54727 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Classical Wellness: Musical Tonics For Mind, Body And Spirit
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3464 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Wolseley Charles,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitry Khakhamov,  Oleg Sergeev,  John Aler,  Grant Gershon  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian,  James DePreist,  Gerard Schwarz,  Anatoly Lapunov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Russian Folk Ensemble Balalaika,  Style of Five,  Brazilian Guitar Quartet  ... 
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    Battle of Stalingrad / Pedersen, Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
    Label: Lawo Classics   Catalog: 1045 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Reinhold Gliere,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Aram Khachaturian,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Leif Arne Pedersen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
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    Fritz Reiner - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 370198 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 63
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Johannes Brahms,  Rolf Liebermann,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Jascha Heifetz,  Emil Gilels,  Inge Borkh  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Lyric Theatre Chorus,  Studio Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Vladimir Horowitz Live at Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 548417 Release Date: 09/30/2013   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Muzio Clementi  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Isaac Stern,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Lyndon Woodside,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Oratorio Society of New York
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    A Century Of Russian Colours / Camille Thomas, Beatrice Berrut
    Label: Fuga Libera   Catalog: 712 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Lera Auerbach
    Performer:  Camille Thomas,  Beatrice Berrut
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 4206 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 16.
    Valentina Levko - Star Of The Bolshoi
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9406 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell,  Alessandro Stradella,  Andrea Falconieri  ... 
    Performer:  Valentina Levko,  Mark Lubotsky,  Grigory Zinger,  Liya Mogilevskaya  ... 
    Conductor:  Adolf Bruk,  Juozas Domarkas,  Alexander Lazarev,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Classical Caffeine
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1628 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rodion Shchedrin,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Darius Milhaud,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Svetlana Safonova,  Rouben Aharonian,  Gerard Schwarz,  Eugenia Zukerman  ... 
    Conductor:  James DePreist,  Gerard Schwarz,  Constantine Orbelian,  Anatoly Lapunov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  The Russian Folk Ensemble Balalaika,  Shanghai Quartet  ... 
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  • 18.
    Micromania: 85 Piano Miniatures
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 12009 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Hugo Distler,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Matthias Veit
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  • 19.
    Anthology Of Piano Music By Russian & Soviet Composers, Part 1
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001968 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Boris Arapov,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Alemdar Karamanov,  Yuri Nikolayev  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Turpanov,  Nikita Mndoyants,  I. Bogdanova,  T. Dorokhova  ... 
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  • 20.
    Kabalevsky: Piano Sonatas 1, 2 & 3; Four Preludes
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1324 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Artur Pizarro
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  • 21.
    Russian Violin Concertos / Hardy, Dudarova, Russian So
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1310 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicolai Petrovich Rakov,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Vissarion Shebalin
    Performer:  Andrew Hardy
    Conductor:  Veronika Dudarova
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Eugene Ormandy Conducts 20th Century Classics
    Label: Sony (Nax615)   Catalog: 417202 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Van Cliburn,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Mendelssohn Club Chorus Philadelphia,  Rutgers University Chorus
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  • 23.
    Daniel Barenboim: The Early Recordings
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2390 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
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  • 24.
    Kabalevsky: Complete Piano Concertos / Fancis, Korstick, NDR Radiophilharmonie
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777658 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Michael Korstick
    Conductor:  Alun Francis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Kabalevsky: Romeo And Juliet; The Comedians; Spring; Overtures / Lapunov, Byelorussian Radio & TV Orchestra
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 2017 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Conductor:  Anatoly Lapunov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Byelorussian Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra
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