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With the number of his recordings on disc approaching three figures, cellist-conductor Dmitry Yablonsky is no stranger to the recording studio, a milieu he credits for his advancement as a musical director over the years:

"It’s been an enormous help to me. In fact I really became a conductor in the studio. Your brain is working away at 500 miles an hour, trying to feel and understand this music within the limited time that you’re given to record. As a musician you grow a lot in the process. You become far more aware of details, because with recording you can see music right away through a magnifying glass, and you have to attend to all kinds of little details which in a concert might well slip through the net."

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Chamber Symphonies, Opp. 49a, 110a and 83a
Kiev Soloists, Yablonsky

Rudolf Barshai’s professional association with Shostakovich lasted until the composer’s death. The success of his five transcriptions and arrangements of Shostakovich’s string quartets was a catalyst for re-workings of nearly the entire cycle from string ensemble to full orchestra. The essential naivety and understatement of the First Quartet is here discreetly underlined by the larger string ensemble. This contrasts with the broodingly autobiographical Eighth Quartet, the searing emotions of which have made it the best known of Shostakovich’s quartets. Barshai’s transcription of the Fourth Quartet is his most ambitious and interventionist, the addition of winds and percussion emphasising the work’s symphonic dimension.

Listen to an extract from
Chamber Symphony in C Major, Op. 49a: IV. Allegro

About the Artists
Dmitry Yablonsky, a GRAMMY®-nominated cellist and conductor, was born in Moscow. He began playing the cello when he was five years old and was accepted into the Central Music School for gifted children. At the age of nine he made his orchestral début playing Haydn’s Cello Concerto. Since then he has performed on some of the most celebrated stages in the world. His career as a conductor began at the age of 26 in Camerino, Italy, since when he has collaborated with many of the world's major orchestras.
The Kiev Soloists has earned national and international recognition as one of Ukraine's leading orchestral ensembles. Most of the players are competition winners with an average age of about 30. The ensemble gained its reputation in popularising the music of Western composers in Ukraine. The orchestra’s unique sound and virtuosity have attracted many internationally acclaimed soloists and conductors to appear with them in public performances over the years.
Yablonsky as cellist
“Performed with an impeccable ear for Khachaturian’s folksy, serious-minded idiom by Dmitry Yablonsky.”
Classic FM

  Listen to an extract from
Cello Concerto in E minor:
I. Allegro moderato

“Dmitry Yablonsky commands the technique and taste to play the Popper etudes like music rather than mere exercises...note the veiled beauty Yablonsky brings to No. 28’s high-lying passagework, and the perfect poise with which he articulates No. 37’s relentless mordents. Highly recommended.”

  Listen to an extract from
High School of Cello Playing:
Etude No. 27 in C Major

“Dmitry Yablonsky...began his career as a cellist, and must be counted among today’s best as anyone hearing this disc will discover.”
Classical Lost and Found

“This Russian trio of Grohovski, Wulfson and Yablonski combine to achieve eloquence of line and intensity of expression, a performance that is founded upon techniques of the utmost assurance.”
MusicWeb International

Yablonsky as conductor
“…I doubt that anyone will disagree on the excellence of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, or on Yablonsky’s pivotal contribution to the success of this release. The Mike Clements engineered sound is full and detailed. Let’s hope there will be more Karayev from these forces. Highly recommended.”

  Listen to an extract from
The Seven Beauties Ballet Suite:
I. Waltz

“The Russian State Symphony Orchestra is obviously thoroughly at home in this glorious music. So is their excellent conductor, Dmitry Yablonsky, whose tempi can hardly be faulted.”

  Listen to an extract from
Act III:
No. 23: Mazurka

“Yablonsky and the Moscow Symphony are among the most impressive combinations currently recording for Naxos, and they certainly bring these unfamiliar works alive.”
BBC Music Magazine

“Conductor Dmitry Yablonsky obviously loves this music judging from the captivating, highly enthusiastic performances he gets from the Gnesin Academy Chorus and Russian Philharmonic Orchestra. While paying meticulous attention to tempo and dynamic markings, he maintains that Slavic sweep so essential to bringing out the full potential of Glazunov’s music.”
Classical Lost and Found

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