Balkan Blaze

Nigel Kennedy, the London Bulgarian Choir and the Philharmonia Orchestra

25 October 2016 / 19:30

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An evening of traditional and specially commissioned music brought together by The London Festival of Bulgarian Culture.

Explore this fiery mix of Balkan rhythms and melodies, represented here from classical to folklore and jazz, with Nigel Kennedy, Bulgarian composer and gadoulka virtuoso Georgi Andreev, the London Bulgarian Choir and the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Rossen Milanov. Andreev premieres his new work commissioned especially for the occasion, alongside traditional Bulgarian music, whilst soloists Vania Vartalova-Stankov and Dessislava Stefanova lend their glorious voices.

Programme & Performers

Programme to include:
Sarabande; Northern Song and March from Classic & Romantic
Kiril Todorov Koledarska
Kiril Todorov Byalo Rade
Trad arr Kiril Torodov Rano Mi E More Sluntse Ogreyalo
Trad arr Kiril Todorov Two Bulgarian folk songs
Vittorio Monti Czardas
Krasimir Kyurkchiyski Kalimanku, Denku
Kiril Todorov Prayer –  after Yoan Kukuzel and Dobri Hristov
Philip Koutev arr Kiril Todorov Dragana, Slaveya
Marin Goleminov The sadness of Demna from the Ballet Suite ‘The fire dancing woman’
Georgi Andreev New work (world premiere)

Nigel Kennedy violin
Georgi Andreev gadoulka (traditional Bulgarian fiddle)
Vania Vatralova-Stankov soprano
Dessislava Stefanova traditional vocals
Philharmonia Orchestra
Rossen Milanov conductor
London Bulgarian Choir


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