Vladigerov: Violin Concerto No. 1/Bulgarian Rhapsody
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KHCD-2013-031DL (STEREO) - Pancho Vladigerov: Concerto No. 1 in F minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 11; Bulgarian Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 16 - Georgi Badev, violin; 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 Violin Concerto No. 1, first performed in 1921 by Gustav Havermann with Fritz Reiner conducting, is the first composition of its kind written in Bulgaria, and is representative of Vladigerov's early creative period. The piece was influenced by late Romanticism (primarily Richard Strauss) and Impressionism (Ravel). The piece is written in a traditional 3-movement form, but the movements blend into each other, forming an overall arch of energetic, emotional drama. The Bulgarian Rhapsody is considered one of Vladigerov's masterpieces, based on folk melodies. Both pieces are extraordinarily beautiful, and deserve repeated hearings. Thanks to Alan Becker for lending the mint Balkanton LP used for this transcription. Download includes cover, tray and CD artwork.