Having graduated from the State Academy of Music in Sofia and specialised with world-known pianist Yvonne Lefebure in Paris, after which she furthered her studies at the Juilliard School of Music (New York), Pavlina Dokovska is among the most celebrated Bulgarian pianists enjoying a brilliant concert career. She has included in the CD her interpretations of three popular works by Robert Schumann, an author who holds a significant place in the pianist's repertoire. Dokovska possesses keen sensitivity and is particularly skilled at colouring the sound, all of these qualities bringing her close to Schumann's emotional style and idiom. For this reason the CD fascinates the listener with the passion of his music, its emotionality and multitude of musical images, which the pianist models out with the precision and security of a master who has long overcome the technical problems (the pieces require specific piano technique) and has deeply penetrated in the musical text. Over this there appear the brilliant Schumanesque themes complexly and beautifully developed in musical space. And in the magnificent and vivacious Fantasie in C major, in the multi-coloured and emotional Vienna Carnaval, the result of Schumann's never-ceasing thought about his beloved Clara.
Recorded in Bulgaria Concert Hall, Sofia
ROBERT SCHUMANN · WORKS FOR PIANO
Fantasie in C major Op. 17
 Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen 13'03"
 Moderato, sempre energico 7'26"
 Lento sostenuto e sempre piano 9'42"
Faschingsschwank aus Wien Op. 26
 Allegro 9'53"
 Romanze 3'19"
 Scherzino 1'59"
 Intermezzo 2'17"
 Finale 5'36"
 Variations on an original theme 9'07"
PAVLINA DOKOVSKA, piano