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Nenov: Piano Music / Viktor Valkov

Nenov / Valkov,Viktor
Release Date: 10/29/2013 
Label:  Grand Piano   Catalog #: 652   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Dimitar Nenov
Performer:  Viktor Valkov
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



NENOV Theme and Variations in F?. Fairytale and Dance. Miniatures. Dance. Études , Nos. 1 and 2. Toccata. Cinema Suite Viktor Valkov (pn) GRAND PIANO 652 (67:06)


Dimitar Nenov was a Bulgarian composer who lived from 1901 to 1953. The pianist for this recording writes in his fine, insightful notes that Nenov was “undoubtedly one of the leading figures in Bulgarian classical music” but does not explain his Read more obscurity. At least one of the works on his collection, Theme and Variations in F? Major, is without question a masterpiece, a superbly constructed and dramatically compelling variation set in a late Romantic style. The theme is simple, perhaps folk in origin, and is used to create 18 variations of great dynamic and emotional variety. The last variation is especially powerful, as it drifts off into a whisper, seemingly exhausted by the eruptions that preceded it, and with the original theme fully intact. Young Vikto Valkov, a Bulgarian native who has trained at Juilliard, and, at the time of this recording was still in graduate school, plays the music of his compatriot magnificently.


Valkov credits Nenov as an inspiration for the avant garde of Bulgarian composers, and I cannot doubt him, but the strength of this recital will be found in the more traditionally bound material. Nenov, like so many in his generation, straddled huge stylistic shifts. He was, it seems, a composer who strived to be involved in the new voices of the day, and the jagged, adventuresome Cinema Suite , from 1925, sounds like the music of a young man eager to engage in the modernity of his time. Perhaps not coincidentally, one is reminded of the similar zeal of a young Shostakovich, who, though suppressed throughout his life by Soviet censors, channeled his genius to create art on his own terms. I do not know about the relationship between Nenov and the Soviet apparatchiks, but the music speaks for itself, and it is clear that he is most communicative in a language that looks backward, rather than forward.


The holy grail of the Fanfare community, for both readers and authors, is the discovery of hitherto wonderful music. The work of Dimitar Nenov fulfills that quest. I enjoyed every minute of this recital, and was especially enthralled by the Variations set, which I would love to hear live in recital. And if such a recital were to present itself in my neighborhood, I would not wish for any less a talent than the brilliant artist Vikto Valkov.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Theme and Variations, for piano in F sharp major by Dimitar Nenov
Performer:  Viktor Valkov (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1932 
Date of Recording: 12/14/2012 
Venue:  Duncan Recital Hall, Rice University, Ho 
Length: 16 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2.
Fairytale and Dance, for piano by Dimitar Nenov
Performer:  Viktor Valkov (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1947 
Date of Recording: 12/04/2012 
Venue:  Duncan Recital Hall, Rice University, Ho 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
3.
Miniatures (5), for piano by Dimitar Nenov
Performer:  Viktor Valkov (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1945 
Date of Recording: 12/04/2012 
Venue:  Duncan Recital Hall, Rice University, Ho 
Length: 8 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4.
Dance for piano by Dimitar Nenov
Performer:  Viktor Valkov (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1941 
Date of Recording: 12/04/2012 
Venue:  Duncan Recital Hall, Rice University, Ho 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
5.
Etude for piano No. 1 by Dimitar Nenov
Performer:  Viktor Valkov (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1931 
Date of Recording: 12/17/2012 
Venue:  Duncan Recital Hall, Rice University, Ho 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
6.
Etude for piano No. 2 by Dimitar Nenov
Performer:  Viktor Valkov (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1932 
Date of Recording: 12/15/2012 
Venue:  Duncan Recital Hall, Rice University, Ho 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
7.
Toccata for piano by Dimitar Nenov
Performer:  Viktor Valkov (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1939 
Date of Recording: 12/15/2012 
Venue:  Duncan Recital Hall, Rice University, Ho 
Length: 8 Minutes 35 Secs. 
8.
Cinema Suite, for piano by Dimitar Nenov
Performer:  Viktor Valkov (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1924-1925 
Date of Recording: 12/17/2012 
Venue:  Duncan Recital Hall, Rice University, Ho 
Length: 22 Minutes 32 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Theme and Variations in F-Sharp Major
Fairytale and Dance
Miniatures: No. 1. Prelude
Miniatures: No. 2. Song
Miniatures: No. 3. Staccato
Miniatures: No. 4. Pastoral
Miniatures: No. 5. Bagpipe
Dance
Etude No. 1
Etude No. 2
Toccata
Cinema Suite: I. Presto
Cinema Suite: II. -
Cinema Suite: III. Sehr schnell (Da capo ad infinitum)
Cinema Suite: IV. Langsam
Cinema Suite: V. Sehr langsame Ganze
Cinema Suite: VI. Presto

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