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Ryan Vigil
American Record Guide, March 2014

Valkov’s playing is very good. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Colin Clarke
Fanfare, March 2014

The Grand Piano label continues to uncover gems of the piano repertoire. Here it is the music of Bulgarian composer Dimitar Nenov…

The Theme and Variations in F♯ Major (1931) is a tremendous, powerful, and wide-ranging work. This is great playing, supported by a great recording. There is real virtuoso playing from Valkov…

If there is a Bartókian tinge to the virtuoso 1941 Dance, the octatonic basis of the First Étude (1931) has an altogether more individual feel to it. The right hand has double chromatic fourths all the way through, a tough challenge that Valkov transforms into magic.

…Bulgarian pianist Viktor Valkov plays with technical accomplishment, aplomb and a real sense of attunement to this music of his homeland. His booklet notes are similarly exemplary. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Peter J. Rabinowitz
Fanfare, March 2014

Dimitar Nenov…was a wide-ranging Bulgarian musician. This CD, a sampling of solo piano compositions from throughout his career, therefore offers most of us an introduction to a significant composer.

Viktor Valkov has a pedigree that includes studies with Jerome Lowenthal, Matti Raekallio, and Jon Kimura Parker—and he lives up to expectations with vital and committed performances that capture both the music’s fire and its more fragile beauties. Strongly recommended for listeners who travel the byways. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Peter Burwasser
Fanfare, March 2014

Young Vikto Valkov…plays the music of [Nenov] magnificently.

I enjoyed every minute of this recital, and was especially enthralled by the Variations set, which I would love to hear live in recital. And if such a recital were to present itself in my neighborhood, I would not wish for any less a talent than the brilliant artist Vikto Valkov. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review




Lee Passarella
Audiophile Audition, January 2014

Dimitar Nenov seems to have been a composer constantly in transition. For me, the earlier work is more interesting, but pianist Viktor Valkov makes it all worth hearing.

…Dimitar Nenov has created an interesting body of piano music that deserves a hearing.

…there’s some stimulating work here by a composer that most will never have heard of. Especially in the virtuosic earlier compositions, this music cries out for a big technique as well as sensitivity to the wide palette of coloristic effects Nenov employs. It has found both in Nenov’s countryman Viktor Valkov…he’s an artist worth watching…Grand Piano provides big, front-and-center piano sound from the Duncan Recital Hall at Rice University… © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2013

The Western world is very ignorant of the depth of Bulgarian music written in the 20th century, that by Dimitar Nenov the precursor of the nation’s avant-garde. That he developed a very personal voice becomes evident in the Theme and Variations…It is a work I have played over and over again to soak up its charm and individuality. The other extended work, Cinema Suite, comes from his days studying architecture in Dresden, where it is thought he played the piano in cinemas…it’s very differing moods suggest a scenario. The third work of substantial length is the Toccata, which has more than a whiff of Prokofiev both in style and content…The remaining works are all miniatures of pleasing quality, immaculately played by the young Bulgarian pianist, Viktor Valkov, who has displayed his brilliant technique in the challenging Theme and Variations. The sound quality of this American recording is very good. © David’s Review Corner





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