DMITRI KABALEVSKY (1904-1987): Fantasy (after Schubert D 940) in F Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Cello Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 49, MIECZYSŁAW WEINBERG (1919-1996): Violin Concerto, Op. 67.
Catalogue Number: 01T006
Description: Most collectors of Soviet-era concertante works are likely to have recordings of two of the above pieces but, unless you’re a Kabalevsky specialist, probably not his Fantasy. Coming from 1961 and conspicuous in its lack of opus number, this is not a mere orchestration but a fever-dream (another good term is the note-writer’s “remix”) which adds to and subtracts from Schubert’s original (there’s a cadenza!), throws in thick dollops of Russian orchestral color and may leave you wondering if Comrade Dmitri was a secret admirer of Liberace. This is a guaranteed guilty pleasure whose presence in your collection is up to you to admit or not to your friends. Claire Huangci (piano), Harriet Krijgh (cello), Benjamin Schmid (violin), ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; Cornelius Meister.