Vladigerov: First and Second Suites from the ballet "Legend of the Lake", Op. 40
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KHCD-2013-010FL (STEREO) - Pancho Vladigerov: First and Second Suites from the ballet "Legend of the Lake", Op. 40 - Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Alexander Vladigerov - Pancho Vladigerov (1899-1978) is considered the founder and grand master of the Bulgarian school of composing. He was a child prodigy pianist, earning fame at an early age, and his emergence into the composing field soon heralded him as a brilliant creator of works in all musical genres. The ballet "Legend of the Lake" was completed in 1946, but due to some weak points in the libretto, was set aside and not performed until 1962. The story is based on folk legends, of the love by a maid named Vida of a soldier named Vlad, who guards the city fortress. A raiding band of enemy soldiers destroy the fortress, but before they can leave, Vida manages to get to the secret water-gate holding river water back, and the enemy as well as the brave girl are swallowed by the water, leaving a big lake. Vida later returns as a water-nymph who guides Vlad and his soldiers to a place near the lake to build a new town. Vladigerov's music reminds one of Glière, Miasovsky, and Glazunov, with some personal touches along the way. Two LPs from a Balkanton set were used in this transcription; thanks to Alan Becker for the lending of them from his personal collection.