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Bulgarian Classics

by Dobromir Tsenov

Hidden musical treasures from Bulgaria.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Three Concert Pieces , Op. 57: I. Arioso
3:30 $0.99
2. Three Concert Pieces, Op. 57: II. Caprice
1:45 $0.99
3. Novelletes, Op. 59 No. 4: Nocturne
4:15 $0.99
4. Novelletes, Op. 59 No. 5: Perpetuum Mobile
3:09 $0.99
5. Sonatina Concertante in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 28: I. Con moto mosso
7:15 $0.99
6. Sonatina Concertante in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 28: II. Andantino
4:09 $0.99
7. Sonatina Concertante in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 28: III. Animato giocoso
6:17 $0.99
8. Dilmano Dilbero Variations, Op. 2
10:24 $0.99
9. Toccata
7:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
About the album:

The idea for recording this album arose a long time ago and I am extremely happy that I had the amazing opportunity to be able to record it in my final year at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. My interest in the Bulgarian classical music is tremendous and I wanted to share my personal approach to this not very well-known but extremely charming music. I learnt my first piece of the album back in 2012. It was the “Toccata” by Alexander Vladigerov. Since then, I continued to explore more music from him and his father until releasing this album today in 2019. The 120th anniversary of Pancho Vladigerov’s birth was also a great occasion and inspiration for me to record some his masterpieces. I hope that this album, even presenting a small part of their works, will contribute to the popularization of their compositions in Bulgaria and worldwide.


“It gives me great pleasure to recommend most warmly Dobromir Tsenov's excellent recordings of the music of the eminent Bulgarian composer Pancho Vladigerov, as well as his son Alexander. I have been delighted to become acquainted with music of such originality, colour and vitality, and Dobromir Tsenov is doing the musical world a great service in bringing to light these fine, underappreciated and hitherto scarcely recorded pieces.”

Julian Jacobson

“I have been entirely won over by the music of father-son composers Pancho and Alexander Vladigerov. Fantastical, coloristic and vertiginously complex, they place enormous demands on a pianist, all of which are met ably by Dobromir Tsenov. In fact, it is hard to imagine a more persuasive and passionate advocate of this music than Tsenov.”

Alasdair Beatson

“Dobromir Tsenov’s affinity with the music of Pancho and Alexander Vladigerov is entirely authoritative. Tsenov combines dazzling virtuosity with an ability to draw the listener into this sound world; one cannot fail to be utterly absorbed by this recording, bringing to life and championing this seldom heard music in style.”

Daniel Browell

Programme notes:

‘Arioso’, op. 57 – This piece starts with an expressive voice-like motif in the right hand, supported by the rich and deep harmonies with a sustained bass in the left hand - typical features for the Vladigerov’s style. Further in the piece can be heard an extremely wide range of dynamic colours and contrasts, major and minor key changes as well as jazz-like figurations, constantly appearing throughout this work. This is an extremely beautiful composition with an intimate and emotional character.

‘Caprice’, op. 57- The next piece of the set reveals a completely different picture. With its joyful and dance character, it brings the listener into the world of the exquisite Bulgarian folk dance. Written in compound rhythms, filled with ornamented passages and rhythm changes, this work presents a short moment of mirth and liveliness in a Bulgarian style.

‘Nocturne’, from “Novelettes”, op. 59, No 4 – Composed in 1965, this incredibly sensual and sentimental piece reveals some of the most beautiful sonorities by Vladigerov. With its subtle introduction in pianissimo, the main melody enters immediately afterwards. The piece then unfolds into a short romantic episode, reaching its climax before going back to the primary scene from the beginning and reaching its end.

‘Perpetuum Мobile’, from “Novelettes”, op. 59, No 5 – The last piece of this opus can be described completely by its title. Motoric, fast, unstoppable.

‘Sonatina Concertante’, op. 28 – This was the only piece written in a sonata form by Vladigerov and arguably one of the most challenging compositions amongst his solo piano works. Composed in 1934 in three movements - Con moto mosso, Andantino and Animato giocoso - each of them delivers the most distinctive characteristics of the composer’s style. In the first and third movement can be heard the fascinating temperament of the fast tempos, the timbre richness, original sound balance and dynamic precision. The third movement in particular contains a great amount of virtuosity. The second movement is reminiscent to another magnificent work by Vladigerov – Autumn elegy with a similar mood and structure. This movement represents a calm scene which may be associated with the beautiful Bulgarian nature.

‘Dilmano, Dilbero’ Variations, op. 2 – This composition is, without a doubt, one of the most representative pieces in the Bulgarian classical music. Composed in 1954, it consists nine variations based on a folk song theme with the same title. Each variation has a different character and originality. The compound tempo changes create original effects and special rhythmic pulses which are typical for the Bulgarian folk dances. The composition was awarded a first prize on the fifth International composition competition in Warsaw in 1955.

‘Toccata’ – Alexander Vladigerov wrote this piece of an age of twenty-two. The Toccata begins with a free improvisational cadenza ad libitum, preceding the main episode which comes unexpectedly afterwards, setting the mood with a catchy folk-like motives. The music itself is full with a rapid chord progressions combined with a powerful tune and compound time signatures such as 15/16, 13/16 etc. During the end of the piece it can be heard Alexander’s jazz influence, featuring his style. It is a truly demanding piece with almost no rests which challenges the pianist to play it on a “single breath”. This composition was awarded on the International composition competition “Ferruccio Busoni” in Bolzano, Italy in 1956.


Dobromir Tsenov

Dobromir started playing the piano at the age of five with his first piano teacher - Ms Maria Gineva. He graduated with distinction from the National School of Arts “Dobri Hristov” in Varna, Bulgaria in 2015 and is now in his fourth year at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where he is taught by Prof. Julian Jacobson. Dobromir is a prize winner of many national and international competitions in his country and abroad. During the last few years he developed a special interest in Bulgarian classical music. He explored extensively a repertoire by Pancho and Alexander Vladigerov, which was presented on many competitions, concerts and recitals in Bulgaria and United Kingdom. In March 2016, Dobromir Tsenov performed the Toccata by Alexander Vladigerov in the Town Hall, Birmingham alongside many celebrities and top-class pianists on an event, called “Piano All-Nighter”.

Throughout his time at the Conservatoire he has taken an active part in concerts as a soloist and in chamber and piano duo collaborations. His two-piano repertoire includes Poulenc’s Sonata and Concerto for two pianos, Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnole as well as the Symphonic dances from West Side Story by Bernstein, arranged for two pianos by John Musto. Recent activities include appearances in the Birmingham International Chamber Music Festival, Debussy and Bernstein Festivals. Masterclasses include Peter Donohoe, John Lenehan, Katya Apekisheva, Martin Jones, Nelly Akopian – Tamarina, Ludmil Angelov, Atanas Kurtev and Rostislav Yovchev.

In May and June 2018 Dobromir Tsenov took part in two orchestral projects, performing works by John Williams and Aaron Copland which were broadcasted live on Classic FM. He also performed the celeste part in the “Firebird” by Stravinsky on the End of Year concert alongside the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra with Barry Wordsworth conducting. Last year, Dobromir Tsenov was accepted with scholarship for his master’s degree at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire starting in September 2019.

Ludwig Wong

Born in Hong Kong, Ludwig started playing the piano at the age of five and was awarded a scholarship to study abroad at Dean Close School. Ludwig discovered his interest for Music Technology through CD recordings of Classical music. During that time, he taught himself A-level Music Technology whilst performing regularly as a solo pianist. Ludwig is currently studying Music Technology at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire under the tutelage of Simon Hall, Ben Markland, Andy Portas, Martin Riley, John Wesley Barker, James Dooley, David Revill and Iwan VanHetten. During his time here, Ludwig has recorded in state-of-the-art acoustically designed halls and live rooms with SSL Duality and AWS Consoles. Ludwig was also granted many opportunities to work with talented musicians from Classical, Jazz and Contemporary music backgrounds – he was the producer in charge of various projects, taking on the roles of recording, editing, mixing and mastering. Recent projects include Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Projects Orchestra with concerto soloists, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Camarata choir, Afro Cuban Jazz band and Hockley Folk band.

As a producer, Ludwig has a few releases under his name such as Kingston’s Brass EP “Let it Snow”, singles “Gyorgy Ligeti- Six Bagatelles” for Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind department’s album, the Inventus’s Quintet’s debut album “The Inventus’s Quintet”, Bulgarian pianist Dobromir Tsenov’s debut album “Bulgarian Classics” and singles “From The Outside” and “Somewhere in Between” collaboration with Taiwanese songwriter, composer Hannah Liu.
Ludwig will be pursuing his dream as a classical record producer and will be an independent freelance recording engineer after graduating.



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