This disc by pianist Murray McLachlan, featuring Dmitry Kabalevsky's 24 Preludes, Sonatina No. 1, and Sonata No. 3, completes Olympia's nine-volume collection of the composer's complete piano and chamber works, and they are all first-rate performances both technically and interpretively. McLachlan catches the many moods of the multifaceted preludes, the charm and vivacity of the sonatina, and the energy and intensity of the sonata without dropping a note, fudging a rhythm, or pedaling through tricky passages. The works themselves, like most works by Kabalevsky, are sincere but not especially adventurous examples of Soviet modernism. Imagine a more conventionally tuneful and less brutally propulsive Prokofiev and you'll have some idea of what to expect. Listeners who know Prokofiev and Shostakovich's piano music and want something similar but not too similar, and challenging but not too challenging, may find what they're looking for in this disc.
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AllMusic Review by James Leonard
|24 Preludes, Op. 38|
|Sonatina in C major, Op. 13/1|
|Sonata No. 3, Op. 46|