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Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite/ Kabalevsky: The Comedians / Tcahikovsky: Capriccio Italien / Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol CD
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In 1978 Kiril Kondrashin, 1914-81, was appointed permanent guest conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra after defecting from his homeland. Earlier he led the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. A personal friend of Shostakovich, he knew and worked with other composers of the Soviet period. The Khachaturian and Kabalevsky works were recorded in October 1958, the day after the other two works.
The orchestral playing by members of the ‘RCA Victor Orchestra’ embodies vigour and panache. If one had to make a judgement it would be that the two capriccios show the orchestra at its finest and most thrilling with the virtuosic ensemble and solo playing [Oscar Shumsky plays the violin in the Masquerade Suite]. The original Living Stereo sound recording and its remastering is clean and clear, Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio italien is irresistible and by far the best recording of this sparkling work.
Kabalevsky’s The Comedians, written for a play staged by the Central Children’s Theatre of Moscow in 1938, has none of the overtones of that fateful period. Rather its ten movements are filled with joy, humour and high spirits, with a significant Russian flair. Khachaturian’s Suite, written in 1939 for a Moscow performance of Lermontov’s tragedy, emphasises Russian elegance underpinned by atmospheric brooding and frivolity. With impassioned ‘Russian’ playing of this standard one wishes that the CD lasted longer than its 64 minutes.
The illustrated leaflet is excellent, with essays on the works of the Soviet composers by Louis Biancolli and the capriccios by Vincent Sheean, a biographical sketch of the conductor and a detailed technical description of ‘The History of Living Stereo’. Highly recommended.
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A Russian conductor plays Russian music. Success garanteed ! If you add the very good orchestra, and the clear, dynamic sound, you have a record to enjoy !Published on 31 May 2013 by Sotiris Karamouzis
A lively selection of orchestral pieces by Khachaturian, Kabalevsky, Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2013 by Bill at Bingley