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Kabalevsky - A Recital of Concert Pieces



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, songs and other works, including many pieces for piano. Born in St Petersburg, Kabalevsky moved to Moscow when he was fourteen where he studied at the Scriabin Musical Institute. He was a pianist, a composer and a keen painter. In 1925, at the age of twenty-one, he entered the Moscow Conservatory to study composition with Nikolai Myaskovsky and piano with Alexander Goldenweiser. Kabalevsky later taught composition at the Moscow Conservatory. He was a founding member of the Union of Soviet Composers and the editor of their magazine, Soviet Music. Kabalevsky was well regarded by the Soviet establishment and was one of the most powerful figures in Soviet musical life, promoting Social Realism in music and involved in shaping the Soviet system of musical education.

Kabalevsky - A Recital of Concert Pieces


'Kirsten Johnson pitches these pieces perfectly.' International Record Review, December 2014

“Kirsten Johnson’s astute attention to detail and her fluent, tonally rich pianism, are a joy to hear.” Listen Magazine, Winter 2014-2015

"Kirsten Johnson’s astute attention to detail and her fluent, tonally rich pianism are a joy to behold. The resonant warmth of Nimbus’ engineering will please collectors"

"The skill and enthusiasm of the pianist, to say nothing of her excellent liner notes, are to be admired." The Federation of Recorded Music Societies, October 2014

“Kirsten Johnson clearly believes in the merit of Kabalevsky’s works for piano and these two discs confirm the justification of that view. She plays everything in a committed way that shows her love for the music and her obvious wish to share it with the public. I trust the public will respond accordingly.” Steve Arloff,