From my collection.
Bought in November 2015.
First listen: 8-12-2015.
Second listen: 5-11-2016.
Recording dates: April 2004 & May/June 2005.
Recording venue: Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Dahlem, Germany.
Recording engineer: Martin Eichberg.
Running time: 79:49.
Classical relevance: Worthwhile to have.
Vardar, Bulgarian Rhapsody, opus 16.
Bulgarian Dances, opus 23.
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Horia Andreescu.
I already had a CPO disc with his music and enjoyed it, and somehow in the process I missed this disc. Vladigerov is an excellent orchestrator as the works on this CD amply prove. Complex scores but always lucid and straightforward. He is using a full orchestra at great effect, but never clogs up the score with too many notes. So you hear actual all, with this very present recording, not a detail is missed. Vladigerov was a versatile composer who could adapt to all music genres of his time, and with great success. He carried many prizes and awards on his shoulders, and was honorary professor at many universities. In fact he was well liked and regarded with respect by his peers. Still he was lost for posterity as many other composers, and we may thank CPO for giving us at least an inkling of this talented man. The music has a strong Bulgarian folkloristic stamp, and who better to conduct it as the romanian conductor Horia Andreescu, who has done more on the label CPO, and with some success. He is the man to get all the colours out of the music, with an orchestra that seemed well drilled to understand the context of the score. Still the folkloristic element comes at a price with this orchestra, for when the score says fast, the musicians have difficulty to keep up with the complexity of the music, and at certain places they do not end up in the same place, which is actually funny. It does not diminish the joy in this music though. After all these are minor points. The essence of the music is well defined and thoroughly enjoyable. I hope they will record more of this composer in future. The recording is excellent.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
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