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Since the age of nine, Ivo Varbanov (b. 1972) has been living and performing mainly abroad, in Milan and London, at The Royal Academy of Music, where he specialised on a grant by the Rotary Foundation (USA). He has given concerts in many countries throughout Europe. For his Bulgarian CD the pianist has chosen various pieces of Mussorgsky, as well as his masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition. This work not only poses to the performer various difficulties with respect to technique and interpretation, but it requires a truthful rendition of the great Russian composer's unique style, a thorough understanding of the work's rich and vivid imagery, together with an ability to construct a monumental cycle serving as points of support to the overall structure. The listener will feel the scope of Varbanov's performance who is beyond doubt a talented pianist with brilliant technique who has probed deeply in Mussorgsky's style.

Recorded in Bulgaria Concert Hall, Sofia, June 1997


  • Details

    Pictures at an Exhibition
    [1] Promenade 1'20"
    [2] Gnomus 2'22"
    [3] Promenade 0'43"
    [4] Il vecchio castello 3'42"
    [5] Promenade 0'28"
    [6] Tuileries. (Dispute d'enfants après jeux) 0'53"
    [7] Bydlo 3'19"
    [8] Promenade 0'43"
    [9] Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks 1'06"
    [10] Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuÿle 2'04"
    [11] Promenade 1'30"
    [12] Limoges. Le marché 1'22"
    [13] Catacombae. Con mortuis in lingua mortua 3'41"
    [14] The Hut on Hen's Legs (Baba-Yaga) 3'13"
    [15] The Knight's Gate (in the Ancient Capital, Kiev) 4'48"
    [16] A Tear 3'18"
    [17] Meditation 4'00"
    [18] Night on the Bare Mountain 12'17"
    [19] Scene from "Sorochintsy Fair" 4'50"
    [20] Hopak 1'29"
    DDD 57'28"

  • Participating

    IVO VARBANOV, piano

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