Devorina Gamalova was born in Bulgaria in 1965 and studied violin at the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music in Sofia. Later she moved to the UK and studied violin and viola (Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music). Presently she performs as soloist and chamber musician, takes part in the Yehudi Menuhin's Live Music Now Scheme, and teaches violin and viola at South Downs College, Chichester Institute of Higher Education, Goldsmith's College, and Purcell School.
Ruzhka Charakchieva graduated the Music School for Gifted Children in Sofia and the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music. She gave her first recital when she was nine and at eleven she made her concerto debut. She continued her studies in Moscow and Vienna, and was prize-winner at the International Robert Shumann Competition in Germany, the George Enescu Competition in Romania, etc. Along with her work as Professor at the Sofia Academy of Music, she has an active performing career in solo, concerto and chamber music all over the world.
Peter Rhodes studied music at the University of Durham and Jesus College, Cambridge, and later with the great Polish pianist Ryszard Bakst at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In addition to many solo engagements, he has specialised in operatic and instrumental accompaniment, giving major recitals with artists such as Dame Kiri te Kanawa and Benjamin Luxon. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Music at South Down College in Hampshire.
The album also includes the only remaining recording of the Bulgarian violinist Blagorodna Badeva (1963-1995), which was tape-recorded at her home. Despite the lack of orchestral accompaniment and the very limited equipment, her interpretation of Mozart is remarkable.


Recorded in Gateway Studio, London, and Bulgaria Concert Hall, Sofia


  • Track Listing


    Sonata for Violin and Piano

    [1] Allegro con fuoco 6'49"

    [2] Intermezzo - "La guitare fait pleurer les songes" (G. Lorca) 6'37"

    [3] Presto tragico 5'37"


    Little Suite for solo viola

    [4] Ballad 2'45"

    [5] Tongue-Twister 1'06"

    [6] The Maiden's Lament 3'23"

    [7] Tune for Gadulka 2'01"


    [8] Sérénade mélancolique for violin and piano, op. 26 8'34"

    [9] Méditation for violin and piano, op. 42 No.1 8'53"


    Marchenbilder for viola and piano, op. 113

    [10] Nicht schnell 3'35"

    [11] Lebhaft 4'10"

    [12] Rasch 3'06"

    [13] Langsam, mit melancholischem Ausdruck 4'53"


    [14] Second movement (Adagio) from Violin Concerto No. 5 (archive recording) 7'48"

    DDD 69'50"

  • Participating

    Devorina Gamalova, violin, viola

    Ruzhka Charakchieva, piano

    Peter Rhodes, piano

    With the participation of Blagorodna Badeva, violin