BÉLA BARTÓK · SONATAS AND RHAPSODIES FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO

The young performers Georgy Valtchev and Lora Tchekoratova present an interesting programme with works by Bartók.

Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Georgy Valtchev studied the violin under Boyanka Shopova, Vladimir Vladigerov, Mitcho Dimitrov and Prof. Dora Ivanova. In the United States he continues his studies at the Julliard School as a student of Dorothy Delay and Masao Kawasaki. He achieved his first international success at age sixteen when he won the Grand Prize of the "Kocian" International Violin Competition in then Czechoslovakia. He has been honoured with a number of awards, among them the First Prize of the Ducrest International Competition in Lafayette, Louisiana, and the Special Prize of the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Switzerland.

Lora Tchekoratova began her piano studies in Sofia as a pupil of the legendary piano pedagogue Lydia Kuteva. Later she studied with Vessela Marinova and Prof. Jenny Zaharieva. In 1992, she moved to the United States and become the first Bulgarian musician to hold a Doctorate from Juilliard as a student of Seymour Lipkin. She won numerous awards at international competitions, including the first prize of the 1996 Washington International Competition for Pianists. Her solo debut was at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Although they perform as soloists on their own, Lora Tchekoratova and Georgy Valtchev often appear together in performances in the USA and in many countries throughout Europe and Asia. Along with the traditional repertoire for violin and piano, they also perform works by 20th century composers.

 

Recorded at Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York in December 2006 and January 2007

BÉLA BARTÓK · SONATAS AND RHAPSODIES FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO

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  • Track Listing

    Rhapsody No. 2

    [1] I. Moderato (“Lassú”) 4’28’’

    [2] II. Allegro Moderato (“Friss”) 6’18’’

    Sonata No. 1

    [3] I. Allegro appassionato 12’57’’

    [4] II. Adagio 11’30’’

    [5] III. Allegro 10’44’’

    Sonata No. 2

    [6] I. Molto moderato 9’24’’

    [7] II. Allegretto 12’27’’

    Rhapsody No. 1

    [8] I. Moderato (“Lassú”) 4’26’’

    [9] II. Allegretto moderato (“Friss”) 5’55’’

    DDD 78’13’’

  • Participating

    Georgy Valtchev, violin
    Lora Tchekoratova, piano