Kabalevsky - Piano Pieces for Children Young & Old | Nimbus - Alliance NI6282

Kabalevsky - Piano Pieces for Children Young & Old


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Label: Nimbus - Alliance

Cat No: NI6282

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 2nd June 2014



A prolific composer, Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987) wrote four piano concerti, three piano sonatas, four symphonies, five operas, a violin concerto, two cello concerti, many songs and other works, including lots of piano pieces for young people. Some of these are programmatic, depicting childhood scenes, others are pedagogic, providing short pieces for the learner. Not all are easy! But they are all inspired and charming, and very playable.

The five sets of variations of Opus 51 (1952), interspersed between other works on this disc, offer technical challenges within a framework of folk-song development. The Soviet music system encouraged composers to use folk melodies, making music accessible: ‘for’ the people and ‘by’ the people. To this end, Kabalevsky took Russian, Ukranian and Slovakian melodies as the themes for these sets of variations.

Kirsten Johnson has made her name recording undiscovered corners of the classical piano repertoire. A highly skilled pianist with great musical depth, she has made many world premiere recordings and has received rave reviews internationally, with her albums broadcast around the world. Born in the USA, Kirsten has resided in the UK since 1994. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance at the University of Missouri with a Kemper Doctoral Fellowship, and undertook further studies in Vienna under a Rotary International Foundation Scholarship.

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