The interesting selection of three emblematic works for piano and orchestra on this CD is performed to perfection by the brilliant pianist Pavlina Dokovska, the distinguished conductor Vladimir Ghiaurov and the musicians of the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Pavlina Dokovska is well-known among music lovers. She received her musical education in Bulgaria where she studied with Lydia Kuteva and graduated from the Music Academy of Sofia as a student of Julia and Konstantin Ganev. After further studies with Ivonne Lefebure in Paris, she completed her Master of Music Degree at the Juilliard School in New York as a student of Beveridge Webster. She is a First Prize winner of the Claude Debussy International Competition in France and Italy’s International Piano Competition of Senigallia. Her concert tours have taken her to Europe, the Far East and throughout the United States. She has worked with renowned orchestras and conductors, given recitals in famous concert halls, participated in festivals, recorded for major recording and music publishing companies… She combines her extensive concert-giving activity with a teaching career in Mannes College of Music in New York. Known for her insightful and caring teaching methods which have produced many a competition winner, Ms. Dokovska was elected Chair of the Piano Department at the Mannes College of Music. In 1999 she founded and became artistic director of the annual Mannes Festival, which grew into a staple of New York’s musical life. She is also artistic director of the Southwest Virginia Festival for the Arts. Vladimir Ghiaurov, son of the celebrated bass Nicolai Ghiaurov, has also had a very interesting career and his talent is greatly recognised in Europe and world-wide. He began his musical training as a pianist at the Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, Italy and continued his education in Austria at the Vienna Musik-Academie, where he studied conducting and composition. Mr. Ghiaurov made his conducting debut in Italy in 1980. Since then he has been invited by Opera Houses and Orchestras in France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Bulgaria, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, Japan and Taiwan. He was guest conductor at the Vienna State Opera, Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre, Berlin's Konzerthaus, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, Sofia Opera, the opera theatre in Dublin, Ireland. For almost ten years he served as a principal conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He has collaborated with many prominent artists such as: Jorg Demus, Aldo Ciccolini, Viktor Tretiakov, Juri Boukoff, Mirella Freni, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Ghena Dimitrova, Giorgio Zancanaro, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Ruggiero Raimondi, Carlo Colombara.
LISZT · SCRIABIN · PROKOFIEV
Track ListingFRANZ LISZTPiano Concerto No. 1, E flat major, S 124 Allegro maestoso. Tempo giusto 5’38’’ Quasi adagio 5’13’’ Allegretto vivace 4’23’’ Allegro marziale animato 4’21’’ALEXANDER SCRIABINPiano Concerto F sharp minor, Op.20 Allegro 8’23’’ Andante 8’39’’ Allegro moderato 11’22’’SERGEI PROKOFIEVPiano Concerto No. 1, D flat major, Op.10 Allegro brioso 7’03’’ Andante assai 4’17’’ Allegro scherzando 4’20’’DDD 63’44’’
Pavlina Dokovska, piano
Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Ghiaurov, conductor