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Kabalevsky - Cello Concertos Nos 1 & 2; Spring [CD]

Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky , Igor Golovschin , Moscow Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Moscow Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Igor Golovschin
  • Composer: Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky
  • Audio CD (31 Oct 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000014FE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,414 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Cello Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 49: I. AllegroIgor Golovschin 6:530.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Cello Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 49: II. Largo, molto espressivoAlexander Rudin 5:280.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Cello Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 49: III. AllegrettoIgor Golovschin 6:530.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Cello Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 77: I. Molto sostenuto. Allegro molto e energico. Tempo I. Cadenza (Tempo I rubato-Allegro molto agitatoAlexander Rudin12:39Album Only
Listen  5. Cello Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 77: II. Presto marcato: Cadenza (L'istesso tempo - Molto sostenuto)Igor Golovschin 8:48Album Only
Listen  6. Cello Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 77: III. Andante con moto. Allegro agitato. Molto tranquilloAlexander Rudin 7:480.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphonic Poem, Op. 65: Symphonic Poem: Vesna (Spring), Op. 65Alexander Rudin 8:09Album Only

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine performance, fine recording 21 Dec 2008
By Jon Chambers VINE VOICE
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Dimitri Kabalevsky's Cello Concerto No 2 is one of the composer's best known works - for many people, perhaps, his only known work. It is full of grim solemnity, and seldom has there been a composition of more obviously minor tonality. It's actually in c minor, despite this CD's woeful insistence that it's in G major! (Luckily, the Naxos brand's quality control does extend as far as the recording, if scarcely beyond.) I first came across the piece perfectly coupled with Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony - another bitter and powerful work.

From the first bars, a menacing orchestral chord followed by the cello solo's pizzicato, we know our undivided attention will be focused on this work of brooding intensity. Yet the second cello concerto isn't entirely without its sunnier and more colourful moments, like the harp's glissando and cymbal's clash towards the end of the first movement and the deliciously lilting jazz rhythms of the saxophone at the start of the (linked) second. (Kabalevsky, like Shostakovich, was always open to the influence of jazz.) In fact, brass instruments have their share of the limelight in both cello works, the trumpet featuring less spectacularly in the opening movement of the Cello Concerto No 1 in g. This, an altogether slighter work than No 2, weighs in at just under 20' duration and leaves few of the deep and dark impressions of its successor.

For a budget label like Naxos to recruit the likes of Alexander Rudin is worthy of a fanfare in itself. (He also recorded the Bach Cello Suites for them with distinction.) The second concerto, the main reason for buying the CD in most cases, is available in other recordings, notably by the excellent Ralph Kirchbaum and Yo-Yo Ma. But, even with its shoddy and misleading booklet, this one probably represents the best value.
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Contenwise a four star. Much better than expected. Kabalevsky is a great post romantic composer, not just the boring apparatchnik he has been accused of being, His music is accessible, delightful to listen to and the perfromance on theis disc is very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb music at a bargan price 2 Jun 2008
By R. Ellem - Published on
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If you are unfamiliar with the music of Kabalevsky, this is a great place to start. Kabalevsky's music is very melodic and extremely accessable. He wrote at the same time as Prokofiev and Shostakovich and his music has the immediate appeal of all the other Russian masters of the late 19th and early to mid twentieth centuries.
His Cello Concertos are especially wonderful - but as a starting point. Check out his Piano concertos and his Symphonies as well. This recording of the Cello Concertos is beautifully played by Alexander Rudin and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.
Well worth a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FIRST RATE CELLO MUSIC 10 Jan 2009
By Terry J. Lehane - Published on
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These are fine accessible pieces, especially the First of 1949. I am smitten with the imploring second movement. It deserves to stand by itself as an encore piece for concert artists.
I am just getting into the Second Concerto of 1964. I already know that the troubled first movement will become a favorite. If I didn't know who the composer was I might guess he was Jewish. There is a Jewish timbre throughout. The performances are first rate.
For some really fine chamber music for cello, may I also suggest Leopold Mozart's pal Emanuel Siprutini?
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love It... 4 Aug 2013
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I heard some bad things about this dude's symphonies so I avoided them. However I am a sucker for a cello concerto and thought I could not go too wrong with this. THIS was a big delightful joyful surprise! WOW! Kabalevsky! DUDE! You can write! I mean these pieces are just pure ... BEAUTY. As you can see by my writing I am not your conventional classical lover. The playing, conducting and engineering on this CD is very very good. A wonderful addition to any collection and joyful addition to your mind in the listening of it.
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