PANCHO VLADIGEROV (1899-1978): 7 Bulgarian Symphonic Dances, Op. 23, Bulgarian Suite, Op. 21, Vardar Rhapsody, Op. 16.
Catalogue Number: 12V003
Description: The three works recorded here are a testament to Vladigerov’s mission to bring Bulgarian music to international attention, successfully combining elements of folk music with European classical tradition. The Vardar Rhapsody has been called ‘the Bulgarian equivalent of Chopin’s Polonaise in A,’ and is fairly often recorded but rarer are the lively and exotic Dances of 1931 (they’re not short either - 38 min.!) and the 27-minute Suite (1927) which are among the most notable of a series of works that fuse joyous regional melodies with sophisticated Western orchestration. Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra; Nayden Todorov.