The Soviet musical establishment considered Kabalevsky a “dream composer,” as his compositions fit the prescribed formula for proper Russian music: bright, straightforward, folk-based works which made few demands on the listener’s intellect. Still, his gifts as a melodist and orchestrator made him immensely popular in his time. This re-release offers some of his finest works, including the Romeo and Juliet symphonic suite.
"...this CD is worth aquiring for the sake of the Colas Breugnon Overture and The Comedians suite, both scores being genuine light music of natural charm, and very well performed."
Robert Matthew-Walker - International Record Review - November 2012