C1964. DIMITRY KABALEVSKY Cond. USSR State S.O. & Moscow Phil.: Cello Concerto #1in g (w.DANIIL SHAFRAN), 27 April, 1952; Piano Concerto #3 in D (w.EMIL GILELS), 22 Dec., 1954; 'Prague' Piano Concerto #4 (w.YURI POPOV), 1981; Violin Concerto in C (w.DAVID OISTRAKH), 12 May, 1949 (all Cond. by the COMPOSER). (England) Russia Revelation 10103. Long Out-of-print, Final Copy! - 5032636101030
“Kabalevsky’s musical style solidified during the 1930s. He preferred a more conventional diatonic style that was primarily rooted in folk music. Essentially lyrical, Kabalevsky rejected the new direction in music, and his works were characterized as ‘popular, bland, and successful’. Frequently compared to Khachaturian, his music was spitefully described as ‘Prokofiev-with-water’. Despite writing in a readily accessible musical style his name was listed in the infamous 1948 Party Decree authored by Zhdanov. The decree attacked many leading Soviet composers - including Myaskovsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Shebalin - for not writing music that appealed directly to public taste.
Kabalevsky readily admitted his shortcoming and escaped censure by composing a number of concertos for Russian Youth. Making ample use of folk melodies, his Violin Concerto was first performed by the 18 year old Igor Bezrodny, the Third Piano Concerto was premiered by the 14-year old Vladimir Ashkenazy in 1953, and the central Cello Concerto #1 featured the young Svyatoslav Knushevitsky."
- Georg Predota, 7 Dec., 2017