Nadejda Vlaeva
Pancho Vladigerov Exotic Preludes and Impressions

Recording contents:

Six Exotic preludes, Op. 17
1. Nocturne-serenade
2. Prelude
3. Exotic Dance
4. Evening Song
5. Prelude
6. Elegy

Ten Impressions, Op. 9
1. Desire
2. Embrace
3. Waltz-capriccio
4. Caress
5. Elegance
6. Confession
7. Laughter
8. Passion
9. Surprise
10. Resignation

Released by Hyperion Records CDA 68327
Excerpts from all tracks available at the above link

Nadejda Vlaeva
Piano Works of Sergei Bortkiewicz

Recording contents:

1. Prelude in F sharp major, Op. 66 No. 1
2. Prelude in E flat minor, Op. 66 No. 3
3-8. Fantasiestücke, Op. 61*
9-12. Lyrica Nova, Op. 59
13-15. 3 Mazurkas, Op. 64*
16. España, Op. 63 No. 4
17-22. Jugoslavische Suite, Op. 58*
23-26. Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 60
*world premiere recordings

Released by Hyperion Records CDA 68118
Excerpts from all tracks available at the above link

Nadejda Vlaeva
Bach Transcriptions by Saint-Saëns and Philipp

The award winning animated short "Ouverture" that uses track 1 of this CD as its soundtrack can be heard here!


BBC Music Magazine (click on review to enlarge)
Jessica Duchen hails Nadejda Vlaeva's superb Bach transcription recital...This young pianists's terrific CD bodes well for the future.

Gramophone (click on review to enlarge)
Vlaeva rarely disappoints in matters of accomplished pianism, with plenty of that epic physical presence of her mentor.

American Record Guide (click on review to enlarge)
Nadejda Vlaeva's performances are brilliant and poetic in equal measure.

Fanfare (click on review to enlarge)
[Vlaeva] possesses just the right temperament for this music. She works to bring out the special character of each selection...excellent performances. Get it and enjoy your dose of 19-century Bach.

Recording contents:

Book 1 arranged Camille Saint-Saëns
1. Ouverture (Movement 1 from Cantata, BWV 29)
2. Adagio (Movement 1 from Cantata, BWV 3)
3. Andantino (Movement 1 from Cantata, BWV 8)
4. Bourree (Movement 7 of Violin Partita No 1 in B minor, BWV1002)
5. Andante (Movement 3 of Violin Sonata No 2 in A minor, BWV1003)
6. Presto (Movement 5 from Cantata, BWV 35)

Concerto in A minor, BWV 593 Vivaldi arr Bach arr Isidore Philipp
7. Allegro maestoso
8. Adagio
9. Allegro

Book 2 arranged Camille Saint-Saëns
10. Introduction et Air (Movement 1 from Cantata, BWV 15)
11. Fugue (Movement 2 of Violin Sonata No 3 in C major, BWV 1005)
12. Largo (Movement 3 of Violin Sonata No 3 in C major, BWV 1005)
13. Recitatif et Air (Movements 4 & 5 from Cantata, BWV 30)
14. Gavotte (Movement 3 of Violin Partita No 3 in E major, BWV 1006)
15. Air (Movement 7 from Cantata, BWV 36)
16. Choeur (Movement 12 from Cantata, BWV 30)

Concerto in D minor, BWV 596 Vivaldi arr Bach arr Isidore Philipp
17. Molto tranquillo - Fuga: Moderato
18. Largo e spiccato
19. Allegro non troppo

Released by Hyperion Records CDA 67873
Excerpts from all tracks available at the above link

Rarities of Piano Music at Schloss vor Husum 2011

Recording contents:

Hans von BÜLOW(1830-1894)/Franz LISZT
16. Dante's Sonnet

Hans von BÜLOW
17. Intermezzo scherzoso, Op. 21 No. 9

Nadejda Vlaeva
A Treasury of Russian Romantic Piano


Gramophone (click on review to enlarge)
This is an astutely chosen programme that bears repeated listening, expertly recorded and with some truly inspired playing. I look forward eagerly to Nadejda Vlaeva's next disc.

Clavier Companion (click on review to enlarge)
Bulgarian-born pianist Nadejda Vlaeva's recent CD release featuring music by Russian Romantic composers is truly a musical celebration. Ms. Vlaeva's playing is exquisite!

American Record Guide (click on review to enlarge)
These knockout performances, recorded in 2007, took me by could not have more persuasive performances...Vlaeva is up to every challenge...She is clearly a rising star in the piano world.

International Record Review (click on review to enlarge)
In toto, this is an attractive, extremely well-played programme, superbly recorded

MusicWeb International
Highly gifted … exquisite playing and a boldly sweeping Bortkiewicz sonata

International Piano (click on review to enlarge)
Indeed so well contrasted is Nadejda Vlaeva's programme, and so unfailingly sypathetic and musical is her playing of what is in effect a series of attractive encores, that I was able to listen to the rest of the disc without tiring of these pianistic bon-bons.

BBC Music Magazine It is played with consummate style and flair by Nadejda Vlaeva, whose previous recordings of Liszt and Chopin I have greatly admired.

Klassik-Heute (review in German)

Recording contents:

Sergei BORTKIEWICZ (1877-1952)
Piano Sonata No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 60
1. - I Allegro ma non troppo 7:40
2. - II Allegretto 5:25
3. - III Andante misericordioso 6:21
4. - IV Agitato 3:06

Nikolay MEDTNER (1880-1951)
5. - Meditation, Op. 39, no. 1 5:12
6. - Fairy Tale, Op. 8, No. 2 6:26

Anatol LIADOV (1855-1914)
7. - Prelude in D flat major, Op. 57, No. 1 2:19
8. - Prelude in B minor, Op. 11, No. 1 3:08

Alexander SCRIABIN (1872-1915)
9. - Fantasy, op. 28 9:12

Vladimir REBIKOV (1866-1920)
10. - Waltz from "The Christmas Tree" 2:30
11. - Musical Snuff Box 1:30

Fritz KREISLER (1875-1962)/Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943)
12. - Liebesleid 4:50
13. - Liebesfreud 6:56

14. - Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 5.21

Sergei LIAPUNOV (1859-1924)
15. - Lesghinka (Transcendental Etude, Op. 11, No. 10) 7:12

Released by: Music and Arts Programs of America

Rarities of Piano Music at Schloss vor Husum 2006

Recording contents:

3. Piano Sonata No. 2 - III. Andante misericordioso

Nadejda Vlaeva
Chopin Works for Piano and Orchestra

"Anyone fortunate enough to have heard Nadejda Vlaeva's prize-winning Liszt recording ....will already be aware both of her formidable technique and rare ability to make the piano sing. These qualities are in as much abundance on this new recording.... The Concerto performance has an almost classical degree of restraint ...The slow movement is especially fine and the subtlety of Vlaeva's pianism shines through. With the "Krakowiak" Concert Rondo she is even more in her element and wonderfully characteristic, something that can equally be said of the Andante spianato et Grand Polonaise, which is of course presented here in the orchestral version. ..But the highlight of the disc... has to be the Bolero Op. l9. Nadejda Vlaeva gives us a splendid rendition of a piece seldom performed."
Paul Lanfear, European Piano Teachers Associassion Journal

"As with many of the greatest performers, it is the outward impression of simplicity that marks Vlaeva out, an impression that disguises the extraordinary refinement of her responses…”

“ The sheer delicacy of the playing…is utterly captivating…”

“ Vlaeva is without doubt a very considerable artist and I hope that she will soon return to the studio…”
Charles Hopkins, International Record Review

"A natural lyricist of supple grace and charm...always musical and poetic."
Tim Parry, International Piano

"These recordings...are marked by sensitivity, fluent, and polished pianism."
David Mulbury, American Record Guide

Recording contents:

Concerto No.2 for Piano and Orchestra in F minor, Op.21
1. Maestoso 14:15
2. Larghetto 9:25
3. Allegro 8:39

4. Grand Concert Rondo in F major
( a la Krakowiak), Op.14 14:25

5. Andante Spianato and 4:40

6. Grand Polonaise, Op.22 9:17

7. Bolero, Op.19 7:59

8. Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op.posth. 3:42

produced by: Gega New, GD 177

Nadejda Vlaeva
A Liszt Recital

Nadejda Vlaeva was awarded The International Grand Prix 'Liszt' du Disque 2002 for this CD. Past winners include M. Pollini, A. Brendel, Z. Kocsis, Gy. Cziffra - L. Bernstein, G. Solti and others. Award presentation took place in Budapest, Hungary.

"…this pianist’s Liszt recital on MSR Classics, one of the best I’ve heard in recent years.”

“ The concert etude Un Sospiro (A Sigh)…to my knowledge never performed better than Vlaeva does it here.”

“ With her virtuosic technique allied to a true poetic sensitivity, she does full justice to a composer whose music other have exploited too often for its blood and thunder qualities.”
Atlanta Audio Society

"[Vlaeva] displays a command of the Lisztian manner gifted to just the few."
Ates ORGA, International Piano Quarterly

" Vlaeva's Dante Sonata ranks among the top recordings of this challenging work...Her Gnomenreigen and Hungarian Rhapsody ["Pesther Karneval"] are as fine as on any recording."
David Mulbury, American Record Guide

"Poetry, beauty of sound and a singing line are her chief concerns...The Rigoletto paraphrase...illustrates her lyrical poise and musical refinement, as well as a gorgeous tonal palette...One of the features that marks out Vlaeva as a natural poet of the piano is her exquisite sense of timing, her ability to shape a phrase with just the right degree of temporal inflexion..."
Tim Parry, International Record Review

" In lyrical selections like "Les Cloches de Geneve" and Un Sospiro simplicity and directness govern the pianist's poetic impulses."

" [She] rightly treats the Dante Sonata as the mini-drama it is, rather than an extended octave etude, and her incisive, colourful performance more than holds its own with Earl Wild's commanding 1985 recording, along with admirable recent versions from Frederic Chiu and Leif Ove Andsnes."
Jed Distler, Gramophone

" of the most stylish and stunning debuts ever!"
Malcolm Troup, European Piano Teachers Association Journal

Recording contents:

1. Les Cloches de Genève (S. 160, no. 9) 5:31
           (Années de pèlerinage, Book I, “Suisse”)

2. Après une lecture du Dante: fantasia quasi sonata
           (S. 161, no. 7) 15:33
           (Années de pèlerinage, Book II, “Italie”)

Venezia e Napoli (S. 162)
3. Gondoliera 5:00
4. Canzone Napolitana 2:59
5. Tarantella 9:15
           (Années de pèlerinage, Book II, “Italie”, Supplement)

6. Concert Paraphrase: “Rigoletto” (S. 434) Verdi-Liszt 6:49

7. Concert Study: “Un Sospiro” (S.144, no. 3) 5:13
           (From Trois Etudes de Concert)

8. Schumann-Liszt: “Liebeslied” (Widmung) (S. 556) 3:35

9. Concert Study: “Gnomenreigen” (S. 145, no. 2) 2:52
           (From Zwei Konzertetüden)

10. Hungarian Rhapsody no. 9, in E flat major (S. 244, no. 9) 11:20
           (“Pesther Karneval”)

produced by: Musicians Showcase (MSC), MS-1063


Dimiter Christoff, (b. 1933)
The Piano Music, volume 2

Rain Hoods... After The Storm (1992) 14:32
(“The Small Pianos”)
1. Oscuro
2. Nebbioso
3. Aggresivo
4. Crédulo
5. Mendace
6. Selvatico
7. Disperato

Sonata No. 6 (1992) 11:16
8. Moltissimo possible adagio, libero, con nostalgia delicata
9. Lo stesso ma un po’rapido

Sonata No. 7 (1994) 11:55
10. Caotico ed ardente
11. Più caotico

Sonata No. 8 (1994) 9:53
12. Tenero ma poi tempestoso
13. Tempestoso ma poi vispo

Toccata For All Soul’s Day (1992) 7:26
14. Tempestoso e lacerente

produced by:Concord Concerto (Concord Jazz), CCD-42038

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