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KABALEVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 3 / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Piano Concerto

Composer(s):Kabalevsky, Dmitry BorisovichRimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay Andreyevich
Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SecularConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.557794
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Kabalevsky's most lasting achievement was in the field of music education, notably his development in later years of a programme for music in schools. His Third Piano Concerto, ‘Dedicated to Soviet Youth’, completes the trilogy of instrumental concertos for young people, preceded by his Violin Concerto and his First Cello Concerto (Naxos 8.553788). Like the Third Piano Concerto, the Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra, based on the composer's own song, School Years, is an optimistic, uncomplicated work depicting scenes of happy childhood. Rimsky-Korsakov's Piano Concerto, built on a Russian folk-song collected by Balakirev, is an inventive and virtuoso work whose single unbroken movement structure is copied from



Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2008

Dmitry Kabalevsky was a good servant of the Soviet Communist party, acting as its spokesman on musical policy, and composing works that would please their dictates. His detractors would describe his considerable output as watered-drown Prokofiev, though to many of today’s concert-goers that would be a positive recommendation. In unguarded moments I can sit back and enjoy his Third Piano Concerto, ‘Dedicated to Soviet Youth’. Yet to think that this clone of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov was still being composed in 1952 shows the extent to which Kabalevsky had become divorced from music in the free world. He was a pedlar of pleasing tunes that he strung together to form the conventional three movement structure, the central movement suitably creamy in texture.



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