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Quotes about Kabalevsky
- Neuhaus summed him up rather well when he called him the poor man's Prokofiev or Shostakovich. I knew him, but it would never have occured to me to play his threatbare music. (...) K. was a true intellectual, someone who was genuinely cultured, but as a person he was compromised, and deeply unpleasant.
- Sviatoslav Richter, in Sviatoslav Richter: Notebooks and Conversations