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KABALEVSKY, D.: Piano Sonatas and Sonatinas (Complete) (Dossin)

Composer(s):Kabalevsky, Dmitry Borisovich
Artist(s) Dossin, Alexandre, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570822
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Performed on this recording by Alexandre Dossin, First Prize and Special Prize winner at the 2003 Martha Argerich International Piano Competition, Kabalevsky’s highly virtuoso Piano Sonata No. 2 represents the peak of the composer’s writing for solo piano. It is coupled with the early Sonata No. 1, in which the influence of Prokofiev is seldom far away, the bitter-sweet Sonata No. 3 and the two crisply neo-classical Sonatinas. Kabalevsky’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (8.557683) and No. 3 (8.557794) are also available on Naxos.

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Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,April 2009

Dmitry Kabalevsky’s popularity as a composer rests to a large degree on his symphonic suite The Comedians (of which he was reputedly not overly fond.) Indeed, there is little in The Comedians of the neoclassical style found in his later, larger-scale works. Pianist Dossin’s style is perfectly suited to these sonatas, even if a mite overpowering at times in the sonatinas. In my experience, the piano is surprisingly difficult to record, but there is no such problem in this 2007 production.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2009

Those who think of Dmitry Kabalevsky as the composer of populist music, to please his masters in the Soviet regime, should now listen to his three piano sonatas. True they owe much to Prokofiev, but Kabalevsky did have the knack of producing attractive thematic material, and here he puts it to good use. The First was a student score dating from 1927, and points to the influence from his mentor, Nikolay Myaskovsky, the driving rhythms of the final Vivo being a powerful and technically exacting statement. Then turn to the opening Allegro of the Second Sonata to find music that would have graced anything coming from Prokofiev, its mix of powerful sections with creamy-smooth bitter-sweet melody being immediately engaging. The finale is a virtuoso Presto where hands



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