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Kabalevsky: Complete Piano Concertos nos 1-4; Fantasy in F minor; Rhapsody Op. 75 / Michael Korstick, piano

> Piano Concerto No. 3 in D major, Op. 50 - I. Allegro molto
> Piano Concerto No. 3 in D major, Op. 50 - II. Andante con moto
> Piano Concerto No. 3 in D major, Op. 50 - III. Presto
> Fantasy in F minor (after F. Schubert's D. 940) - I. Allegro molto moderato - Piu mosso - Tempo I
> Fantasy in F minor (after F. Schubert's D. 940) - II. Lagro
> Fantasy in F minor (after F. Schubert's D. 940) - III. Vivace - Cadenza: Rubato sostenuto - Largamente - Tranquillo (Tempo I) - Allegro marcato - Tempo I
> Rhapsody on the theme of the song School Years, Op. 75 - Rhapsody on the Theme of the Song School Years, Op. 75
> Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 99, "Prague" - I. Allegro molto e energico - Meno mosso: Improvisato - Tempo I
> Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 99, "Prague" - II. Molto sostenuto: Improvisato
> Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 99, "Prague" - III. Vivo

Album Summary

>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 9
>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 23
>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 3 in D major ("Youth"), Op. 50
>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Fantasy in F minor for piano and orchestra (after Schubert)
>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Rhapsody for piano and orchestra (on a theme from the song "School Years"), Op. 75
>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 4 ("Prague"), Op. 99
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Although Kabalevsky is ranked with Shostakovich and Prokofiev among the former Soviet Union's leading composers, he is relatively unknown to today's listening public. His natural talent for catchy melodies, clear structures, and drive appealing to listening audiences made it easy for him to write music that is pleasantly tickling to the ears on a first listen, and holds its own on theoretical analysis. This is masterfully written music of great appeal and full of wit and charm.

Expedition Audio Recommended
... I would like to begin this recommendation by stating that I am really grateful for the work done by the German cpo label. Its declared mission is "to fill niches in the recorded classical repertory." While fulfilling this undertaking, cpo consistently issues recordings that are exceptional in terms of performance quality, engineering and interesting documentation. This wonderful Kabalevsky piano concertos set is a case in point. ... read more ...

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
There are already first-rate performances of the concertos by Kathryn Stott on Chandos (Sept/Oct 2003, Mar/Apr 2007). Korstick is in the same league, and might even be a bit more exuberant than Stott in 3. Sonics are excellent on both; you won't go wrong with either, so the fillers may be a factor. Chandos couples the concertos with Kabalevsky's Symphony 2 and music from The Comedians. CPO completes the composer's music for piano and orchestra with a Rhapsody (actually a set of variations, a la Rachmaninoff's Paganini) written for a young performers' competition, plus a curiosity - Schubert's Fantasy in F minor for piano four-hands, here transformed into a fullblooded piano concerto! By the time Kabalevky has his way with the piece his voice takes precedence over Schubert's, particularly in the colorful orchestrations. The finale is a virtuoso tour de force, but just when it seems ready to go over the top the frenzy ceases and resolves to Schubert's somber conclusion. This is a first recording and may be a deciding factorin choosing between two closely matched cycles of four highly enjoyable concertos.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2012
A first-rate set of Kabalevsky's complete piano-orchestral works.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2012
The balance between orchestra and Michael Korstick's bright, enthusiastic performances is well judged.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Groáer Sendesaal, NDR Hannover (2010-03-22_2010-03-26&2010-).



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Several noted musicologists would lead one to conclude that Kabalevsky was at best a one or two trick pony, dismissing his work as that of a Soviet hack. This set of the complete piano concerti (4) refutes that quip. Throughout these works one is keenly aware of an easygoing confidence wedded to a solid technique. At worst, Kabalevsky can be accused of being a safe-minded conservative not in the least concerned with breaking new ground like many of his contemporaries. What remains is writing that is colorful, inventive and engaging. Pianist, Michael Korstick and conductor Alun Francis layout a persuasive case. The engineering and packaging are flawless, typical of the always enterprising CPO.
Submitted on 05/01/13 by conway 
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Works Details

>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 9
  • Performer: Michael Korstick (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alun Francis
  • Ensemble: North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, NDR Hannover (2010-03-22_2010-03-26&2010-)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1928

>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 23
  • Performer: Michael Korstick (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alun Francis
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, NDR Hannover (2010-03-22_2010-03-26&2010-)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1935

>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 3 in D major ("Youth"), Op. 50
  • Performer: Michael Korstick (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alun Francis
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, NDR Hannover (2010-03-22_2010-03-26&2010-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1952

>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Fantasy in F minor for piano and orchestra (after Schubert)
  • Performer: Michael Korstick (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alun Francis
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, NDR Hannover (2010-03-22_2010-03-26&2010-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Rhapsody for piano and orchestra (on a theme from the song "School Years"), Op. 75
  • Performer: Michael Korstick (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alun Francis
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, NDR Hannover (2010-03-22_2010-03-26&2010-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963

>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 4 ("Prague"), Op. 99
  • Performer: Michael Korstick (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alun Francis
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal, NDR Hannover (2010-03-22_2010-03-26&2010-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1975