Kabalevsky - Symphonies 1 & 2, Colas Breugnon & Pathetique Overtures | Naxos 8573859

Kabalevsky - Symphonies 1 & 2, Colas Breugnon & Pathetique Overtures


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573859

Barcode: 0747313385973

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 14th June 2019



Dmitry Kabalevsky found his mature style and achieved international success with his first opera Colas Breugnon, the overture of which was soon picked up as an orchestral showpiece in the West. The Second Symphony was likewise championed by conductors such as Arturo Toscanini, its bittersweet sense of drama and lyricism comparable with Prokofiev. Dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, the First Symphony illustrates progress from oppression to liberation, while the later Pathétique Overture is a rousing and highly effective reminder of Kabalevsky’s skill in orchestration.

Darrell Ang’s recordings for Naxos have included successes such as Offenbach Overtures (8.573694) – a MusicWeb International ‘Recording of the Month’ and an ‘Editor’s Choice’. His conducting of Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole (8573067) produced ‘an inspired album in every way’ (Fanfare), and his recording of Henri Dutilleux’s Symphony no.2 (8573596) was a MusicWeb International ‘Recording of the Year’, with the comment ‘Darrell Ang and Orchestre National de Lille in some of the most exciting and vibrant accounts this music has yet received.’ His first disc for Naxos was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2016 (Zhou Long and Chen Yi’s Symphony ‘Humen 1839’ on 8570611).

Darrell Ang and the Malmö Symphony has previously recorded d’Indy’s incidental music for Médée and Karadec, and the symphonic poem Saugefleurie, released in May 2019 (8573858).

The Malmö Symphony Orchestra, together with its former principal conductor Marc Soustrot, presented a recording series of Saint-Saëns’ symphonies, concertos and other orchestral works for Naxos. Their recording of the First and Second Symphonies (8573138) was awarded a ‘Supersonic’ rating by Pizzicato: ‘Marc Soustrot’s Saint-Saëns performances are perfectly shaped and the playing of the totally committed Malmö Symphony Orchestra is up to the highest standards.’ The third volume, featuring Symphony in F major ‘Urbs Roma’ (8573140), was an ‘Editor’s Choice’: ‘[Urbs Roma] deserves a break-out recording, and Soustrot’s performance with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra may be the one to secure this symphony a place in the standard repertoire.’

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