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Plamena Mangova and Her Artistry – Lyric Say

If you happen to’re on the lookout for musicians who interact in actual music-making, right here’s a pianist you must keep watch over. Presently residing in Brussels, Bulgarian pianist Plamena Mangova started her coaching on the Sofia State Music Academy. She later labored with the famend pianist and pedagogue, Dmitri Bashkirov, in addition to Abdel Rahman El Bacha. Winner of the Silver Prize within the Queen Elisabeth Competitors and Diapason d’Or de l’Année in 2007 for her Shostakovich album, Mangova has carried out with main orchestras just like the Staatskapelle Berlin, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and with eminent conductors together with Sir Colin Davis and Myung-Whun Chung.

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Plamena Mangova © Marco Borggreve

Plamena Mangova is actually a kind of pianists I want I had found earlier. My preliminary encounter along with her title got here via the video under, and let’s be sincere, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 is so overplayed that it dangers sounding trite. I used to be lucky sufficient to have clicked on the recommended video on YouTube regardless – which turned out to be a revelation. Although not overtly extravagant, her enjoying exuded brilliance and virtuosity each time the music requested for it. Simply take a second to understand how she tackled the (in)well-known octaves at 35:22 with absolute poise and panache, and the way the fragile passagework at 26:01 was negotiated with finesse and vivacity. Nonetheless, what actually captivated me was her profound musicality and distinctive persona that shone via on this efficiency. Within the second motion, a uncommon intimate dialogue unfolded between the piano and the orchestra, the place musicians actively listened and responded to 1 one other as a substitute of solely minding their very own enterprise. Equally mesmerising was the way in which she characterised the opening of the finale – by no means had I heard the opening theme dance with such a pure pulse, spontaneity and tasteful rubato, even when in comparison with the all-time greats.

Tchaikovsky: Concerto Piano No.1 / Plamena Mangova, Boian Videnoff – Mannheimer Philharmoniker

Described as a “whimsical homage” to the second motion of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat main, Richard Strauss’ Burleske in D minor has remained one in all his most celebrated early works, which Mangova rendered with lyricism, technical prowess, wit and the aptitude of late Romanticism, accompanied by a sumptuously full-bodied tonal palette. However, the unique influences in Ginastera’s Danzas Argentinas have been absolutely realised, with Mangova fearlessly unleashing the uninhibited wildness in No.3 (at 26:16).

Plamena Mangova – Strauss Burleske, Ginastera Danzas Argentinas No. 2, 3

Mangova’s collaboration with cellist Alexander Kniazev is one more testimony to her musicianship. Whether or not offering sturdy help to the cello or taking on the soloist position when the music calls for so, she achieves unity with the cellist and convincingly conveys a shared musical narrative. Her affinity for chamber music explains how she ignited such chemistry with an orchestra even in works like Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, which is commonly diminished to a battle between the piano and the orchestra.

César Franck: Violin Sonata in A serious, M.8 (arr. for cello and piano) – II. Allegro (Alexander Kniazev, cello; Plamena Mangova, piano)
Eugène Ysaÿe: Poeme elegiaque, Op.12 (arr. for cello and piano) (Alexander Kniazev, cello; Plamena Mangova, piano)

Devoted to the late Dmitri Bashkirov, Mangova’s newest album, aptly titled “Lettres Intimes”, options works by Robert & Clara Schumann and Brahms. By way of the exquisitely crafted programme, she delves into the intricate relationship between the trio, a narrative that may maybe be finest advised via music fairly than phrases. As an example, the primary Fantasiestücke by Schumann oozes intense craving and internal battle, whereas the Andante espressivo from Brahms’ Piano Sonata No. 3 radiates tenderness and embracing heat.

Piano Recital: Mangova, Plamena - BRAHMS, J. / SCHUMANN, C. / SCHUMANN, R. (Lettres intimes)
Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke Op. 111 – No. 1. Sehr rasch, mit leidenschaftlichem Vortrag (Plamena Mangova, piano)
Johannes Brahms: Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor – II. Andante espressivo (Plamena Mangova, piano)

Lastly, in the event you’ll permit me to share one extra recording with you, put together to be dazzled by Mangova’s efficiency of Liszt’s hardly ever heard Fantasia on Hungarian People Melodies, which I stumbled upon whereas penning this text. The intertwining lassan and friska danced with a freely improvisatory character; the elaborations have been dealt with with pearl-like delicacy. In brief, what a delight!

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