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: 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, 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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  • 101.
    Rca Red Seal Century - Soloists & Conductors
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63861 Release Date: 10/23/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Franz Schubert,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Bream,  Richard Stoltzman,  Richard Goode,  Hugh Porter  ... 
    Conductor:  Günter Wand,  Arturo Toscanini,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Leopold Stokowski  ... 
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  • 102.
    Baby Needs Lullabys / Carol Rosenberger
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1619 Release Date: 05/29/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Carol Rosenberger
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  • 103.
    Martinu, Kabalevsky: Sonatas, Etc / Birkeland, Gimse
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1146 Release Date: 11/02/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  Oystein Birkeland,  Hĺvard Gimse
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  • 104.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Pavel Lisitsian Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89503 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Got,,  Kels,,  Reinhold Gliere,  Yuri Shaporin  ... 
    Performer:  Pavel Lisitsian
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  • 105.
    Kabalevsky: Cello Concertos No 1 & 2, Etc / Rudin, Golovchin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553788 Release Date: 10/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Alexander Rudin
    Conductor:  Igor Golovchin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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  • 106.
    Echoes Of The Old World / William Kanengiser
    Label: Gsp Recordings   Catalog: 1006 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Carlo Domeniconi,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Loris Chobanian  ... 
    Performer:  William Kanengiser
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  • 107.
    Bolero! - Orchestral Fireworks / Oue, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 92 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Franz Liszt,  Antonín Dvorák,  Otto Klemperer  ... 
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 3264 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Arthur Sullivan,  Dmitri Kabalevsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Begian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Festival Band
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  • 109.
    The Begian Years Vol 13 / University Of Illinois Symphonic Band
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 3085 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Harry Begian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Illinois Symphonic Band
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  • 110.
    Offenbach: Gaite Parisienne, Etc / Slatkin, Hollywood Bowl
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67248 Release Date: 11/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Aram Khachaturian,  Jules Massenet,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 111.
    Bloch, Elgar, Kabalevsky, Et Al: Cello Works / Isserlis
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 61490 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Steven Isserlis
    Conductor:  Edo de Waart,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Andrew Litton,  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 112.
    Glazunov, Kabalevsky: Violin Concertos / Shaham, Pletnev
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457064 Release Date: 02/10/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Alexander Glazunov
    Performer:  Gil Shaham
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 113.
    Label: Mark Custom Recording Service,   Catalog: 2863 Release Date: 01/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark Camphouse,  Wendell Yuponce,  Pietro Mascagni,  Ottorino Respighi  ... 
    Performer:  Steve Houghton,  Stefan Karlsson
    Conductor:  Tad Suzuki,  Thomas G. Leslie
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  • 114.
    ...such Stuff As Dreams... / Carol Rosenberger
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3230 Release Date: 09/30/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Carol Rosenberger
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  • 115.
    Kabalevsky: Romeo & Juliet, Colas Breugnon, Etc / Jelvakov
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553411 Release Date: 09/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Conductor:  Vasily Jelvakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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  • 116.
    Kabalevsky, Khachaturian: Cello Concertos / Lidström, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 719 Release Date: 02/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Aram Khachaturian,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Mats Lidström
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 117.
    Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Kabalevsky: Violin Concerti / Dubeau
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 23036 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Angčle Dubeau
    Conductor:  Igor Blazhkov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kiev Symphony Orchestra
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  • 118.
    Sibelius, Glazunov, Prokovief, Kabalevsky: Violin Concertos / Angele Dubeau
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 2020 Release Date: 12/01/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Jean Sibelius,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Angčle Dubeau
    Conductor:  Ivan Marinov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 119.
    Ballet - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 68457 Release Date: 08/22/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Aram Khachaturian,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Conductor:  John Williams,  Harry Rabinowitz,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Stanley Black  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 120.
    Kabalevsky, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky / Barra, San Diego CO
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7042 Release Date: 01/25/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Conductor:  Donald Barra
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Diego Chamber Orchestra
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  • 121.
    Pipe Organ Of The Mormon Tabernacle / Clay Christiansen
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11044 Release Date: 10/10/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  J. T. White,  Traditional,  Julius Reubke  ... 
    Performer:  Clay Christiansen
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  • 122.
    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition, Etc / Reiner, Chicago
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 61958 Release Date: 03/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Dmitri Kabalevsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 123.
    Kabalevsky, Muczynski: Piano Concertos, Etc / Johnson, Et Al
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2089 Release Date: 09/01/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Muczynski,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  James Johnson
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 124.
    The Mighty Tubadours
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 420 Release Date: 06/25/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Henry Hopkins Jr.,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Traditional,  Richard Storrs Willis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Mighty Tubadours
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  • 125.
    Russian Fireworks
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550328 Release Date: 08/04/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Anatole Liadov  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Kenneth Jean,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Richard Hayman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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