DMITRI KABALEVSKY (1904-1987): Piano Sonatas No. 1 in F, Op. 6, No. 2 in E Flat, Op. 45 & No. 3 in F, Op. 46, Sonatinas in C and in G Minor, Op. 13.
Catalogue Number: 05K012
Description: Dating from 1927, Kabalevsky's first sonata is strongly influenced by Prokofiev. The other two, written a year apart in 1945 and 1946, couldn't be more different in content. The third's now nimble and playful, now simple and sentimental personality seems to mark the point at which the composer left behind struggle and passion and tuned to the light, entertaining personality which gained him international recognition (and brickbats from people suspicious of his lack of friction with the Communist regime). The second is tightly constructed and gloomy throughout its first two movements, sometimes martial in character, before its whirlwind finale. Only CD recording of the Sonatinas, brief, three-movement neo-classical works of seven and eight minutes from the early 1930s. Alexandre Dossin (piano).