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Khachaturian: The Masquerade Suite/ Kabalevsky: The ComediansRCA Living Stereo classical LPs - the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!
Remastered and cut at 33 1/3 RPM by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!
One of the best sounding recordings in the Living Stereo catalog, especially Side Two with The Comedians.
In 1938, Dmitri Kabalevsky provided incidental music for a play produced by the Central Children's Theater in Moscow, titled 'Inventor and Comedian.' The score is light and witty and its expressive language quite direct, as was expected in Stalin's Soviet Union at that time. But here Kabalevsky was aiming at young audiences and had good reason to write tuneful, rather simple music. The play's plot deals with a traveling group of entertainers who are more clowns than comedians.
Two years later Kabalevsky extracted 10 numbers from the score for his suite The Comedians, which would become his most popular work, with only the overture to his opera Colas Breugnon even remotely rivaling it. His effort was quite successful in distilling the work's best moments into a 15-minute suite, which he scored for small orchestra. - All Music Guide
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Khachaturian: The Masquerade Suite
2. Kabalevsky: The Comedians$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Brahms: Violin Sonatas No. 1 & No. 3 (Out Of Stock)
Features Gioconda De Vito On Violin And Edwin Fischer On Piano
Gioconda De Vito was an Italian violinist born on July 22, 1907. She began formal violin lessons with an uncle, who was a professional violinist, at the age of 8. Three years later, she entered the Pesaro Conservatory. She graduated two years after that and started her career as a soloist. By age 17, she was teaching at the Conservatory in Bari. At age 25, she won an international violin competition in Vienna. She was then hired (supposedly through the influence of Mussolini) to teach at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome. Since the Second World War interrupted her solo career, her London debut, which was very successful, didn't happen until 1948. She subsequently performed frequently in the major European venues, sometimes appearing with other important artists, including Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Rafael Kubelik, and Furtwangler. She also twice played for the Pope (Pius XII). De Vito was one of several famous female violinists of the early Twentieth Century who were quickly forgotten by the general public - Ginette Neveu and Janine Andrade were two others. In 1961, she retired from playing and virtually from the violin itself. She was then only 54 years old. Although she toured Europe and other countries (Australia, Russia, India, Israel), she never played in the U.S. A highly admired player, she was nevertheless, almost an anachronism during her career. Her repertoire was old fashioned and did not include the concertos of Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Sibelius, Elgar, Bartok, Barber, Shostakovich, Khachaturian, Korngold, Glazunov, Berg, Walton, or Szymanowski. It is said that she was such a meticulous player, that she worked on the Brahms concerto for fifteen years before she played it in public.
- Prone To ViolinsJohannes Brahms (1833 - 1897): Violin Sonata No. 1 in G, Op. 78
1. Vivace ma non troppo
3. Allegro molto moderato
Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897): Violin Sonata No. 3 in d minor, Op. 108
6. Un poco presto e con sentimento
7. Presto agitato$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock