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10 Sonnets, Op 52

composer
1953/4
author of text
translator of text

 
The Soviet composer Dmitri Kabalevsky ( 1904-1987) displayed diverse artistic talent from early childhood but did not pursue a musical career until much later. He studied composition at the Moscow Conservatory under Catoire and Myaskovsky, as well as continuing his piano studies under Gol'denveyzer, and went on to enjoy a highly successful career as composer, teacher and administrator. His many works cover opera, choral, symphonie and vocal music. He had intended for some time to write a song cycle based on Shakespeare sonnets but was daunted by the formidable difficulties of setting texts of such complexity. However, during the years 1953-1955, Kabalevsky finally set ten sonnets, his Opus 52, to Samuil Marshak's translations. The work was given its first performance on 12 April 1955 in the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory by the bass Ivan Petrov, accompanied by the composer. The three settings on this album are chosen for their contrasting moods. Sonnet 27 (No 2), is a powerful expression of love which allows the lover no peace, while Sonnet 153 (No 5), with its tripping delicacy, conveys light-heartedly a mood of playful conceit. At the centre of Sonnet 8 (No 7), is a play upon the idea of an all-pervading harmony, which seems an especially appropriate conclusion to this diverse selection.

from notes by Edward Morgan © 2001

Recordings

English Poets, Russian Romances
CDA67274

Details

No 2: Sonnet 27
Track 24 on CDA67274 [2'11]
No 5: Sonnet 153
Track 25 on CDA67274 [2'30]
No 7: Sonnet 8
Track 26 on CDA67274 [2'59]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67274 track 25

Sonnet 153
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-01-27425
Duration
2'30
Recording date
1 September 2000
Recording venue
Studio 1, The State House of Broadcasting and Audio-Recording, Moscow, Russia
Recording producer
Alexander Volkov
Recording engineer
Alexander Volkov
Hyperion usage
  1. English Poets, Russian Romances (CDA67274)
    Disc 1 Track 25
    Release date: September 2001
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