My bonny John Wilson will be conducting this, among other works, on 21 September 2019 at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Only thing I know about Dmitri Kabalevsky, that old Communist, is his “Comedians” Suite—which John may very well end up doing sometime, if he hasn’t already—and the dauntingly massive bildungsroman Jean-Christophe by Romain Rolland, who also wrote the original novel the opera Colas Breugnon is based on. (Never finished Jean-Christophe, may yet. Let you know.) This piece is typical of the kind of repertoire John’s getting known for: bright, busy, theatrical, uncomplicated, and quite entertaining. Here’s the New England Conservatory giving it a go.

NEC Kabalevsky Overture to Colas Breugnon.jpg

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