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Fire and Ice
Pancho Vladigerov, Jean Sibelius

Svetlin Roussev

Fire and Ice

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Format: CD
Label: Fondamenta
UPC: 0888750921628
Catnr: FON 5092162
Release date: 08 December 2017
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Fondamenta
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0888750921628
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FON 5092162
Release date
08 December 2017
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About the album

To combine this first release of Vladigerov’s violin concerto No.1 with Sibelius’ Violin Concerto is a juxtaposition of great interest: both Sibelius and Vladigerov studied in Berlin and both attached great importance to the folklore of their native countries.
These distinctive works were written at an interval of only a few years, yet they seem to be crafted in opposing elements: one gives the impression of sculpting in ice, the other of subduing a raging fire.

The charismatic violin virtuoso Svetlin Roussev began his musical education at a very young age, studying under his mother, a professor at the music school in his home town of Ruse, Bulgaria. With remarkable virtuosity and intensity, Roussev performs a broad repertoire ranging from the baroque to the contemporary. He is renowned for his renditions of Slavic compositions and keenly promotes Bulgarian music.
De combinatie van het Vioolconcert van Sibelius en de eerste uitgave van Vladigerovs Eerste Vioolconcert op dit album, is zeer interessant. De twee markante werken werden slechts een paar jaar na elkaar gecomponeerd, toch lijken ze uit tegengestelde elementen te zijn gevormd. De muziek van Sibelius wekt de indruk uit ijs gehouwen te zijn. Bij het werk van Vladigerov voelt het alsof er een woedend vuur onderdrukt moet worden. Zowel Sibelius als Vladigerov studeerden in Berlijn en beiden hechtten veel belang aan de folklore van hun geboorteland.

De charismatische vioolvirtuoos Svetlin Roussev begon al op zeer vroege leeftijd aan zijn muzikale opleiding. Hij studeerde bij zijn moeder, docente aan de muziekschool in zijn geboortestad Roese in Bulgarije. Met een opmerkelijke virtuositeit en intensiteit voert Roussev een breed repertoire uit, reikend van de barok tot hedendaagse werken. Hij is vermaard om zijn uitvoeringen van Slavische composities en hij is een fervent promotor van Bulgaarse muziek.

Die Kombination dieser Erstveröffentlichung von Vladigerovs Violinkonzert Nr. 1 mit Sibelius' Violinkonzert ist ein interessantes Nebeneinander: sowohl Sibelius als auch Vladigerov studierten in Berlin und legten großen Wert auf die Folklore ihrer Heimatländer.
Diese markanten Arbeiten entstanden in einem Intervall von nur wenigen Jahren, scheinen aber in gegensätzlichen Elementen gestaltet zu sein: das eine erweckt den Eindruck, in Eis zu modellieren, das andere, ein wütendes Feuer zu unterdrücken.

Artist(s)

Svetlin Roussev (violin)

The charismatic violin virtuoso Svetlin Roussev began his musical education at a very young age, studying under his mother, a professor at the music school in his home town of Ruse, Bulgaria. With remarkable virtuosity and intensity, Roussev performs a broad repertoire ranging from the baroque to the contemporary. He is renowned for his renditions of Slavic compositions and keenly promotes Bulgarian music.   Roussev is a regular guest soloist with various orchestras such as the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra (Bucharest), Romanian National Radio Orchestra, Bulgarian National Radio and Symphony Orchestras, Presidential Symphony Orchestra (Ankara), and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. In...
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The charismatic violin virtuoso Svetlin Roussev began his musical education at a very young age, studying under his mother, a professor at the music school in his home town of Ruse, Bulgaria. With remarkable virtuosity and intensity, Roussev performs a broad repertoire ranging from the baroque to the contemporary. He is renowned for his renditions of Slavic compositions and keenly promotes Bulgarian music.
Roussev is a regular guest soloist with various orchestras such as the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra (Bucharest), Romanian National Radio Orchestra, Bulgarian National Radio and Symphony Orchestras, Presidential Symphony Orchestra (Ankara), and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. In the USA, Latin America, Asia and Europe Roussev has performed under the baton of conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Leon Fleisher, Yehudi Menuhin, Yuzo Toyama, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, John Axelrod, François-Xavier Roth, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Denis Russel-Davies, Lionel Bringuier, Leo Hussain, Nicholas Milton and Emil Tabakov.
Roussev has played in many of the world’s major concert halls, including the Bolshoi Theatre, Suntory Hall, Sumida Triphony Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Salle Pleyel, UNESCO, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Cité de la Musique, Théâtre de la Ville, Arsenal de Metz, Halle aux Grains de Toulouse, Bulgaria Concert Hall, Budapest Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper and the Palais des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles.
Roussev shares his love for music with an ever-widening public through his chamber music performances, playing with partners such as Myung-Whun Chung, Peter Frankl, Ralph Gothoni, Jean-Marc Luisada, Bertrand Chamayou, Jean-Philippe Collard, Antoine Tamestit, Lise Berthaud, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Maxim Rysanov, Gary Hoffman, Arto Noras, Sung-Won Yang, Young-Hoon Song, Jian Wang, Myung-Wha Chung, François Leleux, Paul Meyer and Nikolaj Znaider. He is a founding member of the Roussev-Salque-Rozanova Trio.
Following his successful recording of pieces by Pancho Vladigerov with the pianist Elena Rozanova, Roussev brought out his recording of Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Concerto Funèbre with the Orchestre d’Auvergne conducted by Arie Van Beek, recordings dedicated to the Franco-Belgian school of violin with pianist Elena Rozanova and sonatas by Grieg and Medtner with pianist Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas.
Roussev is the concertmaster of the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and has been concertmaster of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. He is violin professor at his alma mater, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris.
Svetlin Roussev plays the Stradivarius 1710 Camposelice violin kindly loaned by the Nippon Music Foundation.

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Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra

The Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra is a leading orchestra in Bulgarian musical culture and in the community of European radio formations. The musicians on its staff have graduated from the most prestigious musical academies: those of Moscow, St Petersburg, The Julliard School, and the National Academy of Music 'Professor Pancho Vladigerov'. The orchestra’s serious development to the standards of prestigious professional orchestras started under the great Bulgarian conductor Vassil Stefanov (1913-1991). After the beginning in 1948, with a small ensemble for a year, Stefanov took over the orchestra in 1954 and worked with it for more than 30 years. He made it a leading cultural institution in Bulgaria. Making contributions of their own to the development and artistic growth of the Orchestra were...
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The Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra is a leading orchestra in Bulgarian musical culture and in the community of European radio formations. The musicians on its staff have graduated from the most prestigious musical academies: those of Moscow, St Petersburg, The Julliard School, and the National Academy of Music "Professor Pancho Vladigerov".
The orchestra’s serious development to the standards of prestigious professional orchestras started under the great Bulgarian conductor Vassil Stefanov (1913-1991). After the beginning in 1948, with a small ensemble for a year, Stefanov took over the orchestra in 1954 and worked with it for more than 30 years. He made it a leading cultural institution in Bulgaria. Making contributions of their own to the development and artistic growth of the Orchestra were Vassil Kazandjiev, Alexander Vladigerov, Milen Nachev and Rossen Milanov.
The Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra has been engaging in busy concert activities both in Bulgaria and abroad. The Orchestra has been invariably taking part in the major international music festivals in Bulgaria: the March Music Days in Ruse and the Varna Summer. The Orchestra’s concert tours have included South Korea, France, Spain, Germany; it has taken part in the cultural programme of Mondial ’98 (France), the inauguration of the Europalia Festival in Brussels, a concert under the Acropolis within the frameworks of the cultural Olympiad in Athens, participation in Cypria – the most outstanding cultural festival in Cyprus. In January 2008, the orchestra had an exceptionally successful concert tour with Rossen Milanov and Bulgarian star Vesselina Kasarova in some of the largest concert halls of Europe: in Munich, Dortmund (Germany), Valladolid (Spain) and in the Concertgebouw (the Netherlands).
Music recording is among the most important activities of the orchestra. Apart from making recordings for the fund of the Bulgarian National Radio, it also records for foreign companies.

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Emil Tabakov (conductor)

Emil Tabakov (1947) is well known worldwide as a guest conductor in Germany, England, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Romania, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Brazil, Israel, Netherlands, Republic of South Africa, Cuba, Ecuador and Columbia. He conducted opera performances in Teatro La Fenice and Teatro Reggio-Torino, and concerts of the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonic de Radio France, Moskow Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmony, Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico, Philharmonic Orchestra ”George Enescu” Bucureshti, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Presidential Symphony Orchestra Ankara, and others.   Tabakov’s repertoire is enormous, showing a variety of styles from classical and romantic to contemporary genres.   His recording output is considerable including the...
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Emil Tabakov (1947) is well known worldwide as a guest conductor in Germany, England, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Romania, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Brazil, Israel, Netherlands, Republic of South Africa, Cuba, Ecuador and Columbia. He conducted opera performances in Teatro La Fenice and Teatro Reggio-Torino, and concerts of the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonic de Radio France, Moskow Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmony, Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico, Philharmonic Orchestra ”George Enescu” Bucureshti, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Presidential Symphony Orchestra Ankara, and others.
Tabakov’s repertoire is enormous, showing a variety of styles from classical and romantic to contemporary genres.
His recording output is considerable including the complete Mahler Symphonies in a 15-part set, the complete Brahms Symphonies, overtures, German Requiem and piano concertos, Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherezade, the complete Scriabin Symphonies, the complete Beethoven piano concertos, Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, The Miraculous Mandarin, Verdi Requiem, and highlights from his operas Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, Un Ballo in maschera, and La Forza del Destino.
As a composer, Emil Tabakov has written nine symphonies, concertos for orchestra, concertos for various instruments, a Latin text based Requiem, and chamber and solo works. Most of them were written at the request of international festivals and famous artists and were issued on album.

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Composer(s)

Jean Sibelius

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) was the composer who gave Finland its own sound, right when this nation was struggling to detach itself from Russia. Sibelius wrote several impressive symphonic poems - among which Finlandia, Lemminkäinen-suite, Oceaniden, Tapiola - for he took inspiration from the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic.  He was just as original as a symphonist: his Seven Symphonies are just as much answers to the question how the genre should develop after Tchaikovsky's death. 
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Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) was the composer who gave Finland its own sound, right when this nation was struggling to detach itself from Russia. Sibelius wrote several impressive symphonic poems - among which Finlandia, Lemminkäinen-suite, Oceaniden, Tapiola - for he took inspiration from the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. He was just as original as a symphonist: his Seven Symphonies are just as much answers to the question how the genre should develop after Tchaikovsky's death.
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Pancho Vladigerov

Pancho Vladigerov is arguably the most influential Bulgarian composer of all times. He belonged to the so-called second generation of Bulgarian composers, was one of the first to successfully combine Bulgarian folk music with the idiom of classical music and introduced a few genres to Bulgarian music, such as the piano trio and the violin sonata. He was one of the founders of the Bulgarian Contemporary Music Society, which later became the Union of Bulgarian Composers. Vladigerov composed in various genres, including opera, ballet, symphonic music, concertos, incidental music for the theatre, songs and chamber music. He also made many transcriptions. His most performed work is Vardar Rhapsody, also known as Bulgarian Rhapsody, a fiery and patriotic piece, originally for violin...
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Pancho Vladigerov is arguably the most influential Bulgarian composer of all times. He belonged to the so-called second generation of Bulgarian composers, was one of the first to successfully combine Bulgarian folk music with the idiom of classical music and introduced a few genres to Bulgarian music, such as the piano trio and the violin sonata. He was one of the founders of the Bulgarian Contemporary Music Society, which later became the Union of Bulgarian Composers.
Vladigerov composed in various genres, including opera, ballet, symphonic music, concertos, incidental music for the theatre, songs and chamber music. He also made many transcriptions. His most performed work is Vardar Rhapsody, also known as Bulgarian Rhapsody, a fiery and patriotic piece, originally for violin and piano, and later orchestrated.
Vladigerov gained considerable fame in Europe in the 1920s thanks to publications and recordings of his works. As pianist and composer he toured trough Europe performing mainly his own works. His music has been admired by Dmitri Shostakovich, Richard Strauss and Aram Khachaturian and performed by artists like David Oistrakh, Alexis Weissenberg and Marc-André Hamelin. Yet his name remains largely unknown outside of his home country.

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