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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, Muczynski: Piano Concertos, Etc / Johnson, Et Al
Release Date: 09/01/1993   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 2089   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninoff, Kabalevsky: Cello Sonatas / Cooke, Watkins
Release Date: 09/28/2004   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 2676   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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Kabalevsky: Complete Piano Sonatas / Alexandre Dossin
Release Date: 04/28/2009   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570822   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: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 / Stenhammar Quartet
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 555006 Release Date: 11/03/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stenhammar Quartet
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    Piano Masters
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002732802 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Daniil Trifonov,  Evgeny Kissin,  Krystian Zimerman,  Pierre-Laurent Aimard  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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    Daniel Barenboim: The Solo Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797371 Release Date: 08/25/2017   Number of Discs: 39
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alban Berg,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Antony Pay
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
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    Kabalevsky: Piano Sonata No. 3 & 24 Preludes / Kabalevsky
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95256 Release Date: 07/21/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Pietro Bonfilio
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    24 + 1 / John
    Label: Willowhayne Records   Catalog: 41 Release Date: 06/09/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harald Genzmer,  Louis Vierne,  Gabriel Fauré,  Richard Cumming  ... 
    Performer:  Dominic John
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    Mstislav Rostropovich: Cellist of the Century
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 559857 Release Date: 03/24/2017   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolay Myaskovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Alexander Dedyukhin,  Alexander Dedyuhkin,  David Oistrakh  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Sir Adrian Boult,  George Szell,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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    Emil Gilels: 100th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002433 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Alexander Alyabyev,  Arno Babadjanyan,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
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    Glazunov & Khachaturian: Violin Concertos / Quint, Sloane, Bochumer Symphoniker
    Label: Avanti Classic   Catalog: AVANTI 10472 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Alexander Glazunov,  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Philippe Quint
    Conductor:  Steven Sloane
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bochum Symphony Orchestra
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    Timeless: Wind Band Dances & Other Concert Favorites / BYU Wind Symphony
    Label: Byu Records   Catalog: 116 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ryan Nowlin,  Joseph Wilcox Jenkins,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Arthur Sullivan  ... 
    Conductor:  Donald Peterson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BYU Wind Symphony
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    On Fire: The Virtuoso Violin / Koornhof, Vorster
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3479 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henri Wieniawski,  Alexander Glazunov,  William Kroll,  Balys Dvarionas  ... 
    Performer:  Piet Koornhof,  Bernarda Vorster
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  • 11.
    Sonatas By Shostakovich, Prokofiev And Kabalevsky
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3415 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  John Blacklow,  Karen Buranskas
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  • 12.
    Emil Gilels - The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002436502 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Gilels,  Norbert Brainin,  Peter Schidlof,  Martin Lovett  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum,  Karl Böhm,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet members,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 13.
    Zara Nelsova: Cello Concertos, Sonatas & Suites
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 21433 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Robert Schumann,  Darius Milhaud,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Zara Nelsova,  Lothar Broddack,  Artur Balsam
    Conductor:  Georg Ludwig Jochum,  Gerd Albrecht
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    From The History Of The Tchaikovsky Competition Phonodocuments
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002349 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Naum Shtarkman,  Stefan Ruha,  Victoria Stefanescu,  Lev Vlasenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Boris Khaikin,  Neeme Järvi,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Fuat Mansurov  ... 
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    Glazunov, Kabalevsky: Concertos;  Gliere / Oistrakh, Et Al
    Label: Vanguard Classics   Catalog: 1025 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Reinhold Gliere,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Alexander Glazunov
    Performer:  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
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    Schumann, Kabalevsky, Falla, Granados, Haydn /Shafran, Et Al
    Label: Vanguard Classics   Catalog: 1026 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Gregor Piatigorsky,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Daniil Shafran,  Nina Musinian
    Conductor:  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
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    Nadia Resienberg - 110th Anniversary Tribute
    Label: Roméo Records   Catalog: 7309 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Nadia Reisenberg
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    Live Recital Recording / Stephen Beus
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3388 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Nikolai Medtner,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Beus
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  • 19.
    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:  Leonard Elschenbroich,  Alexei Grynyuk,  Petr Limonov
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    Kabalevsky: Piano Pieces For Children / Kirsten Johnson
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6282 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Kirsten Johnson
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  • 23.
    Kabalevsky: Comedians Suite, Piano Concerto No 1 / Mnatsakanov
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1287 Release Date: 08/05/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Anatoly Sheludiakov
    Conductor:  Walter Mnatsakanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Cinematographic Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Emil Gilels In Italy: Chopin, Schubert/Kabalevsky, Mozart
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 547 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
    Conductor:  Franco Caracciolo
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  • 25.
    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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