PETER HRISTOSKOV (1917-2006): 12 Capricci for Solo Violin, Op. 1 (rec. 1974), Rhapsody for Solo Violin No. 3, Op. 21 “Rural” (rec. 1961), Violin Sonata, Op. 29 (Vera Baeva [piano, rec. 1977]), PANCHO VLADIGEROV (1899-1978): Burlesque for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14 (Peter Hristoskov [violin], Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra; Vassil Stefanov. rec. 1962), second disc features Hristoskov as violinist in Chausson’s Poème, Brahms’ Violin Sonata No. 1, Schumann’s Märchenbilder and Szymanowski’s The Fountain of Arethusa.

Catalogue Number: 08T052

Label: Gega

Reference: GC 391/392

Format: CD

Price: $24.98

Description: How many of you remember that we offered a two-disc set of this composer’s Op. 24 Capricci on the Dynamic label back in 1998? I thought so. As you can see, these are archival Bulgarian Radio recordings and the Hristoskov and Vladigerov CD is over 76 minutes long. The Op. 1 Capricci are very conservative (no challenge to Bartók here), take up 42 minutes and their titles show their origins in Bulgarian folk music. The four-minute Rhapsody is rather more dissonant and spiky but the real prize is the single-movement, 18-minute sonata which is horror-film creepy and threatening and turns into a darkness-to-light journey or evil-overcome-by-good struggle. The Vladigerov is a bright and colorful addition to the discography of Bulgaria’s most famous composer. 2 CDs.


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