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In Reply to: RE: Kabalevsky.... posted by Ivan303 on June 16, 2017 at 20:16:21
I have two modern recordings of the 2nd and both are great: Mats Lidstrom with Gothenberg/Ashkenazy on BIS and Isserlis with London Phil/Litton. For some odd reason, I don't have a recording of the 1st. ArkivMusic lists 8 recordings of it including the Shafran. May have to check one of those out.
His 1st is certainly more original.
His second, to my ear, borrows from just about everyone from Shosty to Prokofiev and even from his own 1st.
If you are looking for night and day differences in the presentation of his 1st, YoYo Ma w. Ormandy vs. Shafran w. Kabalevsky himself on the podium is about as much of a contrast in styles as one could hope to hear.
Still surprised that Rostropovich didn't seem to record it, or at least there is nothing I can find that indicates that he did.
Perhaps for political rather then musical reasons that Rostropovich chose not to record Kabalevsky.
And he worked with Kabalevsky on 'finishing' that Prokofiev piece?
Very curious to know the reason. Granted, Kabalevsky's 1st. Cello Concerto is an early piece, simple but I think with charm. Later Kabalevsky seems to have come under the influence of other composers to the point of a certain loss of originality?
Still, surprised Rostropovich does not seem to have ever recorded it.
Wonder if he ever played it in concert?
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