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NENOV, Dimitar (1902-1953)

PIANO MUSIC

MINIATURES • ETUDES NOS. 1 AND 2 • TOCCATA • CINEMA SUITE


  • Viktor Valkov, piano

Dimitar Nenov was a leading figure of early 20th-century Bulgarian classical music. The entire range of his solo piano works is covered on this recording, from the austere and dissonant Cinema Suite to the romantic Etudes and exquisite Theme and Variations in F sharp major. The highly charged Toccata is Nenov’s most popular work, while Fairy Tale and Dance, his last work for piano, is the most distilled example of his art.

Tracklist

1
Theme and Variations in F-Sharp Major (1932) (00:16:46)
2
Fairytale and Dance (1946) (00:02:46)
 
Miniatures (1945) (00:10:12 )
3
No. 1. Prelude (00:01:27)
4
No. 2. Song (00:02:01)
5
No. 3. Staccato (00:00:55)
6
No. 4. Pastoral (00:03:26)
7
No. 5. Bagpipe (00:01:38)
8
Dance (1941) (00:02:03)
9
Etude No. 1 (1932) (00:01:35)
10
Etude No. 2 (1932) (00:02:30)
11
Toccata (1940) (00:08:35)
 
Cinema Suite (1925) (00:23:13 )
12
I. Presto (00:00:35)
13
II. — (00:04:34)
14
III. Sehr schnell (Da capo ad infinitum) (00:02:48)
15
IV. Langsam (00:04:27)
16
V. Sehr langsame Ganze (00:05:27)
17
VI. Presto (00:05:27)
Total Time: 01:07:00

The Artist

Winner of the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Bulgarian pianist Viktor Valkov has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and recitalist across Europe, in the United States and in Japan. Valkov studied with Jerome Lowenthal and Matti Raekallio at The Juilliard School and is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree at Rice University, Houston. A proponent of the more obscure piano and chamber music repertoire by composers such as Alkan, Dohnányi, Busoni and Dimitar Nenov, Valkov has recorded Nikolay Roslavets’ complete works for cello and piano with Lachezar Kostov for Naxos.

Reviews

“Viktor Valkov plays with technical accomplishment, aplomb and a real sense of attunement to this music of his homeland.” – Fanfare