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Drawing on the Chopin model of alternating major and minor keys, as well as on Russian folk melodies, Kabalevsky’s 24 Preludes (1943-4) find the composer’s writing at its most distinctive.
They are coupled with the early 4 Preludes (1927), in which the influence of Prokofiev is seldom far away, and the Preludes and Fugues (1958-9), six widely contrasting and expressive preludes yoked to their traditional fugal partners.
This is the second recording of Kabalevsky’s piano music by Alexandre Dossin, First Prize and Special Prize winner at the 2003 Martha Argerich International Piano Competition. The three Piano Sonatas can be heard on Naxos 8.570822.
“Alexandre Dossin is an accomplished musician and a wonderful pianist. I had the opportunity to hear him play solo, chamber music and concertos. His performances are magnificent, with very pure musical insight and an extreme sensitivity, together with real virtuosity and a very personal way of unfolding interesting ideas. The feeling that there is always more coming makes his performances a very strong experience.” Martha Argerich
Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky: 4 Preludes, Op. 5
No. 1. Semplice
No. 2. Vivo e leggiero
No. 3. Moderato quasi andante
No. 4. Allegro molto
Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky: 24 Preludes, Op. 38
No. 1. Andantino
No. 2. Scherzando
No. 3. Vivace
No. 4. Andantino
No. 5. Andante sostenuto
No. 6. Allegro molto
No. 7. Moderato e tranquillo
No. 8. Andante non troppo - Semplice e cantando
No. 9. Allegretto scherzando
No. 10. Non troppo allegro, ma agitato - Recitando, rubato
No. 11. Vivace scherzando
No. 12. Adagio
No. 13. Allegro non troppo
No. 14. Prestissimo possibile
No. 15. Allegro marcato
No. 16. Allegro tenebroso
No. 17. Andantino tranquillo
No. 18. Largamente con gravita
No. 19. Allegretto
No. 20. Andantino semplice
No. 21. Festivamente (non troppo allegro)
No. 22. Scherzando. Non troppo allegro
No. 23. Andante sostenuto
No. 24. Allegro feroce
Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky: 6 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 61
Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in G major, "A Summer Morning On The Lawn"
Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C major, "Becoming A Young Pioneer"
Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in E minor, "An Evening Song Beyond The River"
Prelude and Fugue No. 4 in A major, "At The Young Pioneer Summer Camp"
Prelude and Fugue No. 5 in C minor, "The Story Of A Hero"
Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in F major, "A Feast Of Labour"
“Alexandre Dossin brings his muscular technique to bear with impressive results…”