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NI 6282

Kabalevsky - Piano Pieces For Children Young Old

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2014

Originally recorded in 2014


Kirsten Johnson



Monmouth, UK

3,4 & 11 Feb 2014

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Total Time - 72:38
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  Piano Pieces For Children Young and Old  



Five Easy Variations Op.51 No.4 (1952)

1 Seven Good-Humoured Variations on a Ukrainian Folksong 2:12

'Children's Dreams' Six Pieces for Piano Op.88 (1971)

  Dreams, Who Will Win The Argument?, Tale of an Organ-Grinder, Contrasts, Curious Waltz, Naughty Boys  

'From Pioneer Life' Op.14 (1931)

  Drummer, Sporting Game, Holiday, Pioneer Song, March  

Five Easy Variations Op.51 No.1

4 Five Happy Variations on a Russian Folksong 1:30

From Thirty Children's Pieces for piano Op.27 (1937/38)

5 Waltz Time, Ditty, Etude, At Night on the River, Sad Story, Old Dance, Clowning 5:14
6 Toccatina, A Little Prank, Scherzo, Lyric Piece, Meadow Dance 5:10
7 Sonatina, War Dance, The Tale, Snow Storm 4:14
8 Novelette, Dance, Songs of the Cavalry 4:24

Five Easy Variations Op.51 No.5

9 Six Variations on a Ukrainian Folksong 2:16

From Twenty-Four Easy Pieces for Piano Op.39 (1944)

10 Waltz, Folk Dance, Galop, A Sad Story, Clowns 2:51
11 Improvisation, A Short Story, Slow Waltz, A Happy Outing 3:41

Five Easy Variations, Op.51 No.2

12 Merry Dance Variations on a Russian Folksong 1:21

'In the Pioneer Camp', 6 pieces for piano Op.3/86 (1927 rev. 1968)

  In the Morning, Morning Exercises, On the River, Through Forests and Mountains, Extraordinary Event, By the Campfire  

From Thirty-Five Easy Pieces Op.89 (1972/74)

14 First Wltz, Little Hedgehog, Little Goat Limping, The Little Juggler, Chastushka, Stubborn Little Brother, Melody 3:32
15 Rabbit Teasing a Bear-Cub, Almost a Waltz, Melancholy Rain 3:08

Five Easy Variations Op.51 No.3

  'Grey Day' Variations on a Slovakian Folksong  

Four Rondos for piano Op.60 (1958)

17 Rondo-March, Rondo-Dance 2:37
18 Rondo-Song, Rondo-Toccata 3:35
  TT 72:38      
 Kirsten Johnson piano

A prolific composer, Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky (1904 - 1987) wrote four piano concerti, three piano sonatas, four symphonies, five operas, a violin concerto, two cello concerti, many songs and other works, including lots of piano pieces for young people. Some of these are programmatic, depicting childhood scenes; others are pedagogic, providing short pieces for the learner. Not all are easy! But they are all inspired and charming, and very playable.

The five sets of variations of Opus 51 (1952), interspersed between other works on this album, offer technical challenges within a framework of folk-song development. The Soviet music system encouraged composers to use folk melodies, making music accessible: ‘for’ the people and ‘by’ the people. To this end, Kabalevsky took Russian, Ukranian and Slovakian melodies as the themes for these sets of variations.

 "... The music is consistently inventive and always winningly delivered. This acts as a companion volume to Johnson’s disc of concert pieces (NI 6283)."  ****

Colin Clarke - International Piano magazine - November/December 2014

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