- Cello Concertos 1 and 2
Russian composer Dmitry Kabelvsky stands alongside Shostakovich and Prokofiev as one of the most important Soviet composers, but unfortunately his works are neglected today and rarely heard.
We get to hear the following selections on this CD:
- Cello Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 49, Conducted by Eiji Oue
- Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 7, Conducted by Eiji Oue
- Colas Breugnon Suite, Conducted by Adrian Prabava
Performed by Torleif Thedéen (cello), with the NDR Radiophilharmonie of Hannover, Germany
The Swedish cellist Torleif Thedéen is an excellent soloist for this new release. For an encore, he plays the brilliant Colas Breugnon Suite.
Kabalevsky’s primary abilities were to create catchy tunes, clear musical structures, and audience-pleasing rhythms; he composed melodies that were beautifully crafted, eminently accessible, full of wit and charm.
Here is Yo Yo Ma performing Kabalvesky’s cello concerto No. 1 in G minor :
And next, here is a young performer with the same music: She achieves a nice warm tone from her instrument:
Cicely Parnas (photo at top left) performs Kabalevsky Cello Concerto No. 1 in G minor with the Utica Symphony:
Tags: Dmitry Kabalevsky, Cello concertos, Torleif Thedéen