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Van Cliburn - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Kabalevsky: Rondo (2008)

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Van Cliburn - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Kabalevsky: Rondo (2008)

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Kabalevsky: Rondo (2008)
Final of the 1958 Tchaikovsky Competition (Previously unpublished)
Van Cliburn, piano; Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra; Kyrill Kondrashin, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 341 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 202 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Testament | # SBT1440 | Time: 01:19:54

Deep in the heart of the Cold War, there was once a miracle in Moscow – Texas-based classical pianist Van Cliburn, of whom no one had heard, conquered at the First Tchaikovsky Competition, an event set aside to showcase Soviet talent. Cliburn was warned by his own government not to go, given the tense political relationship between the United States and Soviet Union at the time, and once he arrived he was greeted as a party crasher, subject to hostile stares and animosity of the kind he had never dreamed of back in Texas. And it was Cliburn, at the end, which brought down the house, and held the award. Back in America, he was greeted with a ticker tape parade and was the subject of a best-selling biography by Abram Chasins, The Van Cliburn Story, copies of which continue to clog the shelves of American thrift stores five decades hence. Ultimately, though, Cliburn's celebrity lost its luster. Nerves, ultra-picky perfectionism, and mishandling by management led to his early retirement from the concert scene; his greatest latter-day achievement being the force behind the Van Cliburn Piano Competition, America's most prestigious such event.

Mats Lidstrom, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 2; Khachaturian: Cello Concerto; Rachmaninov: Vocalise (1995)

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Mats Lidstrom, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 2; Khachaturian: Cello Concerto; Rachmaninov: Vocalise (1995)

Dmitri Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 2;
Aram Khachaturian: Cello Concerto; Sergei Rachmaninov: Vocalise (1995)
Mats Lidström, cello; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor & piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 264 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 192 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-719 | Time: 01:05:28

Mats Lidström is that rare thing, an original musician. The sheer mercurial energy which drives his performances can be both engaging and disturbing, but there is always a searching intelligence at work. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra lost much when its compelling, if unpredictable, lead cellist departed. These two concertos show him at his persuasive best, bringing lesser known works to life. Kabalevsky’s 1964 Concerto stretches and yawns with slow pizzicato before springing into urgent life. Sub-Shostakovich in its motifs and tonality, it is nevertheless well-constructed and uses the saxophone to great effect. In both Allegro movements Lidström achieves a lightning speed and attack and, though Raphael Wallfisch’s recording on Nimbus has a more solid beauty of tone, the Swede’s nervous anticipation makes up for the thinner sound of his Grancino cello. Khachaturian’s 1946 Concerto would make a wonderful soundtrack to a cinematic faux-Oriental extravaganza, with its twisting major and minor intervals, and almost sleazy chromaticism. Lidström really knows how to swing, and makes the most of the memorable melodies.

Yo-Yo Ma, Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra - Shostakovich, Kabalevsky: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 (1983)

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Yo-Yo Ma, Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra - Shostakovich, Kabalevsky: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 (1983)

Yo-Yo Ma, Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra - Shostakovich, Kabalevsky: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 237 Mb | Total time: 45:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CBS Masterworks | D 37840 | Recorded: 1983

Over the last three or four years, Yo-Yo Ma has been exploring the peaks of the cello repertory in a quickly growing series of LPs. Those disks, in turn, have helped establish him not only as one of the finest cellists of his generation… The Kabalevsky…boasts a melancholy central Largo with the kind of long, arching cello line that allows Mr. Ma to display his rich sound.

Steven Isserlis, Olli Mustonen - Shostakovich & Kabalevsky: Cello Sonatas; Prokofiev: Ballade (2019)

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Steven Isserlis, Olli Mustonen - Shostakovich & Kabalevsky: Cello Sonatas; Prokofiev: Ballade (2019)

Steven Isserlis, Olli Mustonen - Shostakovich & Kabalevsky: Cello Sonatas; Prokofiev: Ballade (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 285 Mb | Total time: 76:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA68239 | Recorded: 2018

Shostakovich's Cello Sonata belied the young composer's reputation as the 'enfant terrible' of early Soviet music. Steven Isserlis's praises it as ''the most popular cello sonata of the twentieth century.'' It features on this program alongside two other Russian masterpieces from pre-Revolutionary Prokofiev and Khrushchev era Kabalevsky.

Alexandre Dossin - Dmitri Kabalevsky: Piano Sonatas (Complete) (2009)

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Alexandre Dossin - Dmitri Kabalevsky: Piano Sonatas (Complete) (2009)

Alexandre Dossin - Dmitri Kabalevsky: Piano Sonatas (Complete) (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 257 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.570822 | Time: 01:14:15

Performed on this recording by Alexandre Dossin, First Prize and Special Prize winner at the 2003 Martha Argerich International Piano Competition, Kabalevsky’s highly virtuoso Piano Sonata No. 2 represents the peak of the composer’s writing for solo piano. It is coupled with the early Sonata No. 1, in which the influence of Prokofiev is seldom far away, the bitter-sweet Sonata No. 3 and the two crisply neo-classical Sonatinas.