The Legacy of Vladigerov
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Music by the Bulgarian Rachmaninov.

Pantcho Vladigerov has justifiably earned the symbolic title of Grand Master of the Bulgarian school of composing. It fell upon Vladigerov to become the first recognized representative and brilliant herald of the young Bulgarian art of composing that was trying to find its own place in the world of music after 500 years of being yoked by the Ottoman Empire. His enormous gift and the wide spectrum of his creations gave Bulgarian music what the other great musical nations took pride in long before his star began to rise. Vladigerov, known in the West as the teacher of Alexis Weissenberg, was a composer-pianist with electrifying technique, dazzling energy, and driving spirit. Pantcho Vladigerov's mother was a medical doctor and was related to Boris Pasternak and his father was a lawyer. In 1912, he was sent, with his brother to Berlin where he studied with Paul Juon. He also studied piano with Heinrich Bart who was a pupil of Franz Liszt. At fifteen Pantcho entered the School of Music. In 1918, he composed his first piano concerto for the Russian pianist Leonid Kreutzer. The performance of this work brought him recognition. In 1932 he returned to Bulgaria where he became Professor of Piano, Chamber Music and Composition at the Academy of Music in Sofia. For the next forty years he concertized, composed and made recordings. He died in 1978 at the age of 79. Alexander Vladigerov studied composition and piano with his father as well as conducting with Nathan Rachlin in Kiev. He was ferociously promoting George Gershwin and American jazz in Bulgaria at a time when such artists were persecuted by the Communists for similar activities.
Contents:
Alexander Vladigerov, composer
Variations "Dilmano, Dilbero", Op. 2
Krassimira Jordan, piano

Pantcho Vladigerov, composer
Nocturno, Op. 59, No. 4
Krassimira Jordan, piano

Pantcho Vladigerov, composer
Prelude, Op. 15, No. 1
Krassimira Jordan, piano

Pantcho Vladigerov, composer
Perpetuum Mobile, Op. 59, No. 5
Krassimira Jordan, piano

Pantcho Vladigerov, composer
Andantino from Sonatina Concertante, Op. 28
Krassimira Jordan, piano

Pantcho Vladigerov, composer
Rhythmic Movement, Op. 37, No. 6
Krassimira Jordan, piano

Pantcho Vladigerov, composer
Autumn Elegy, Op. 15, No. 2
Krassimira Jordan, piano

Pantcho Vladigerov, composer
Chant, Op. 25, No. 1
Krassimira Jordan, piano

Review:
"The subtitle of this collection, "Exotic Bulgarian Masterworks for Piano," is well-earned. Filled with a sensuous modal melody, spicy chromatic harmony, and an Eastern sense of fantasy, these neglected works by Pantcho Vladigerov communicate a remote vision of sublimity....The album concludes with a 1955 set of variations by the composer's son, Alexander, who carries on his father's legacy in a virtuosic work full of syncopated Bulgarian folk motives and massive, quasi-Orchestral sonorities. Bulgarian-born Krassimira Jordan, now a professor of piano in Vienna, plays both Vladigerovs with a romantic line. As usual, Albany offers warm, vivid piano sound. An enjoyable release." (American Record Guide)
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