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3rd Sept 2012




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Romeo and Juliet: Symphonic Suite, Op. 56

The Comedians suite, Op. 26

Overture Pathetique, Op. 64

Spring - Symphonic poem, Op. 65

Colas Breugnon Overture

Byelorussian Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra, Anatoly Lapunov



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The Soviet musical establishment considered Dmitry Kabalevsky a “dream composer,” as his compositions fit the prescribed Soviet formula for “proper” Russian music: his works were bright, straightforward, often folk-based, and made few demands on the listener’s intellect. Still, his undisputed gifts as a melodist and orchestrator – as well as his musical sincerity – made him one of the most popular of the soviet-era composers among the masses.

This appealing Russian Disc re-release offers some of his finest and best-known works, including the symphonic suites Romeo and Juliet and The Comedians, his tone poem The Spring, and the Pathétique and Colas Breugnon overtures. Anatoly Lapunov leads the Byelorussian Radio and Television Orchestra in sturdy, spirited and idiomatically true performances.

Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 56

I. Introduction

II. Morning in Verona

III. Preparation for the Ball

IV. Procession of the Guests

V. Quick Dance

VI. Lyrical Dance

VII. In the Cell of Friar Laurence

VIII. Tarantella

IX. Romeo and Juliet

X. Death and Reconciliation

Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky: Komedianti (The Comedians), Op. 26

I. Prologue: Allegro vivace

II. Galop: Presto

III. March: Moderato

IV. Waltz: Moderato

V. Pantomime: Sostenuto e pesante

VI. Intermezzo: Allegro scherzando

VII. Little lyrical scene: Andantino semplice

VIII. Gavotte: Allegretto

IX. Scherzo: Presto assai e molto leggiero

X. Epilogue: Allegro molto e con brio - Senza ritardando

Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky: Pathetique Overture, Op. 64

Pathetique Overture, Op. 64

Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky: Symphonic Poem, Op. 65

Vesna (Spring), Op. 65

Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon, Op. 24

Colas Breugnon, Op. 24: Overture

MusicWeb International

February 2015

“With unwavering concentration the Byelorussian orchestra provides glowingly characterful and vividly colourful playing.”

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