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CHAN 10384

Kabalevsky: Piano Concertos, Volume 2

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2006

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2006


BBC Philharmonic

Neeme Jarvi

Kathryn Stott



Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester


Brian Pidgeon

Mike George


Stephen Rinker

Sharon Hughes


Record Label



Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 66:56
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First Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 9*

  in A minor - in a-Moll - en la mineur  
1 I Moderato quasi andantino - Poco meno mosso - 10:51
2 II Tema. Moderato - 0:44
3 Variation 1. L'istesso tempo - 1:21
4 Variation 2. Allegro assai - Andante - 1:08
5 Variation 3. (Andante) - Poco più mosso - 1:28
6 Variation 4. [ ] - Vivace - Più mosso - 1:25
7 Variation 5. Funebre (Tempo di marcia moderato) - 3:54
8 Coda (Tempo di tema) - 0:58
9 II Vivace marcato - Più mosso - Meno mosso - 9:17

Symphony No. 2, Op. 19

  in C minor - in c-Moll - en ut mineur  
10 I Allegro quasi presto - Poco sostenuto - 7:01
11 II Andante non troppo - Moderato - 9:46
12 III Prestissimo scherzando - Tempo I - 7:13

Fourth Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 99 'Prague'

13 I Allegro molto e energico - 3:13
14 II Molto sostenuto - Improvisato - 4:58
15 III Vivo - Più mosso. Con brio 3:39
Volume One received critical acclaim, including an ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone.

Neeme Järvi’s Chandos discography of more than 100 discs is renowned worldwide for its excellence.

Kabalevsky’s music is unfailingly melodic, highly colourful and energetic.

Kathryn Stott enjoys a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician and recording artist and has played with many of the world’s leading orchestras and instrumentalists.

Kabalevsky belonged to the middle generation of Soviet-Russian composers whose careers became a search for a style that could achieve some sort of modus vivendi with the requirements of Stalin’s ‘Socialist Realism’. Accessibility, tunefulness, clear-cut forms, optimistic expression, a traditional orientation towards the great Russian classics of the nineteenth century – these were the kinds of quality expected by the Soviet establishment. Kabalevsky came to enjoy a successful and uncontroversial career, although he found himself at the receiving end of accusations of ‘formalism’, which he hardly deserved for his was a skilfully crafted type of expression, drawing on the spirit of folk-melody, and quite free from ‘modernism’. His temperament and relative musical conservatism enabled Kabalevsky, unlike other Soviet composers such as Shostakovich and Prokofiev, to serve the Stalinist regime without painful compromise. His adherence to principles of Socialist Realism, however, should not detract from the very real worth of works that are superbly crafted, overflowing with a natural joie de vivre and of real substance.

Symphony No. 2 proved to be the most successful of his three early essays in the genre – indeed, the only one of his four symphonies to establish itself in the orchestral repertoire, both at home and abroad. This is an accessible, fluently composed work – very much in the spirit of Russian folk nationalism – and the first movement has been compared with the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony. The piano concertos are highly contrasting representations of Kabalevsky’s œuvre but both are written in a direct and accessible style, clearly inspired by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev.

Stott plays both concertos with aplomb but also with an understandable wariness of their superficiality, coaxing out their lyricism but playing down their brilliance…
Fanfare on CHAN 10052, Piano Concertos Nos 2 and 3

I barely finished my first playing of this CD before I began to covet its predecessor, on which Kathryn Stott (with conductor Vassily Sinaisky) plays Kabelevsky’s Second and Third Piano Concertos.
International Record Review

Beautifully recorded and executed, the new Chandos disc is self-recommending for collectors of Soviet music and/or 20th-century piano concertos.

This luxuriously recorded follow-up to Kathryn Stott’s fine 2003 coupling of the Second and Third concertos (CHAN 10052) broadens one’s appreciation still further of this most underrated of all Soviet composers…. Stott plays both works with compelling flair and imagination, making light of their considerable technical demands.
BBC Music Magazine

Kathryn Stott is again the featured pianist on this release. I find her playing clear and a bit cool without being hard-edged, all very appropriate for a pair of works that draw frequently for the shape and substance of their figuration upon such works as Prokofiev’s First Piano Concerto and Rachmaninov’s later, less romantically embued pieces.

You can’t fault the performances: Kathryn Stott is phenomenal in both concertos, and it’s difficult not to be seduced by the swagger and panache that Neeme Järvi and the BBC Philharmonic bring to the Second Symphony as well.
The Guardian

D Corr

J Dooley