PANCHO VLADIGEROV (1899-1978): Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Bulgarian Rhapsody “Vardar”, Op. 16, 7 Symphonic Bulgarian Dances, Op. 23, Rachenitsa, Op. 18/2, Bulgarian Suite, Op. 21, 4 Romanian Symphonic Dances, Op. 38, 2 Romanian Symphonic Sketches, Op. 39, Balkan Dance, Op. 6, 4 Waltzes, Danza primordial, Op. 53, Foxtrot, GRIGORAS DINICU (1889-1949): Hora Staccato (orch. Vladigerov).
Catalogue Number: 04W005
Description: In Bulgaria, both folk and art music evince an ancient tradition that strikes awe even in some of the great music nations today. The way Vladigerov incorporated these folk-music themes into his concert pieces shows not only his affinity for them but also suggests that he felt something of a calling to promulgate and champion the folk-traditions of his central European homeland. His most-performed work is undoubtedly his Bulgarian Rhapsody “Vardar” from 1922 but the most outstanding must be his Seven Symphonic Bulgarian Dances (1931), with which he created a counterpart to Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, Dvorák’s Slavonic Dances, or Grieg’s Norwegian Dances or similar such popular aural nationalistic postcards. 2 CDs. Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra; Alexander Vladigerov.