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Dmitri Kabalevsky: Cello Concertos 1 & 2; Colas Breugnon Suite / Torleif Thedéen, cello

Album Summary

>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Concerto for Cello no 1 in G minor, Op. 49
>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Concerto for Cello no 2 in C major, Op. 77
>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Colas Breugnon, Op. 24
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

  • Kabalevsky's natural talent was for catchy tunes, clear structures and audience-pleasing rhythms; beautifully crafted, eminently accessible, full of wit and charm.
  • His position as a Stalin regime-friendly, arch-conservative critic did nothing to win him friends.
  • All works recorded here performed by Swedish cellist Torleif Thedeen.
  • The NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover is conducted by Eiji Oue; Adrian Prabava (Suite op. 24a).

Expedition Audio Recommended
This music is definitely worth seeking out, but it's the performances that knock the recording out of the ballpark. Cello soloist Torleif Thedéen's gorgeous playing leaves nothing to be desired, and the performances by the NDR Radio Philharmonic are impeccable.... read more ...

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
He wrote most attractive and memorable music when he was of a mind to. The first of his cello concertos is full of catchy tunes and the second is full of rich emotions. Thedeen is an ideal cellist for bringing out the best in this composer, replete with immediate emotion and a rich and vibrant tone that changes instantaneously to conform to the needs of the music. The orchestra joins him with enthusiasm, resulting in very satisfying music making. The orchestra completes the program with the 20-minute suite from the opera Colas Breugnon - the Overture and three entr'actes. It makes a fine ending to an impressive recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Groáer Sendesaal, NDR Hannover (03/09/2009-03/13/2009).



Reviews

Solid performances
Dmitri Kabalevsky is pretty much known for just one work -- "The Comedians' Gallop." But there's much more to this Russian composer, as this new release demonstrates.

The two concertos, are serious compositions that showcase the solo instrument in a somewhat traditional fashion. Though written 15 years apart, and for different soloists, both concertos are quite similar in sound. Both feature languid slow movements supported by lush harmonies, both require the cello to nimbly skitter around in the fast movements, and both let the solo instrument sing out in the opening movement (and show off a little, too).

For those who like the "Comedian's Gallop," the Colas Breugnon suite, which rounds out the disc, delivers more of the same. Taken from the incidental music to a play, the short movements in this work are brimming with good natured hi-jinx. It reminded me quite a lot of Prokofiev's 1st symphony -- and with good reason. Kabalevsky was tasked with completing and orchestrating Prokofiev's Op. 132 Cello Concertino after his death.

Cellist Torleif Thedeen plays with a warmth and sincerity well-suited to these compositions. And he has no trouble executing the technical challenges Kabalevksy throws in along the way. My only complaint is the recording itself, which to my ears sounded a little out of focus. The ensemble has a smooth, blended sound, but missing some of the detail.
Submitted on 03/13/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Concerto for Cello no 1 in G minor, Op. 49
  • Performer: Torleif Thedeen (Cello)
  • Conductor: Eiji Oue
  • Ensemble: NDR Radiophilharmonie
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, NDR Hannover (03/09/2009-03/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1948-1949

>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Concerto for Cello no 2 in C major, Op. 77
  • Performer: Torleif Thedeen (Cello)
  • Conductor: Eiji Oue
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, NDR Hannover (03/09/2009-03/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1964

>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Colas Breugnon, Op. 24
  • Performer: Torleif Thedeen (Cello)
  • Conductor: Adrian Prabava
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, NDR Hannover (03/09/2009-03/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936-1938