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Anton Dikov plays Beethoven, Brahms, Bach

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (32) for Piano in C minor on an Original Theme, WoO 80
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Komm, Gott, Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, BWV 667
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun freut euch, liebe Christen, BWV 734
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orgelbüchlein
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Notes & Reviews:

Anton Dikov (1938-2004) graduated from the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music in Sofia in 1961. During 1964/65, he studied in France with Boulanger, Rubinstein and Casadesus. In 1962, he became a soloist with the Sofia Philharmonic and since 1974, he taught at the Vladigerov Music Academy. "Anton Dikov is a pianist with brilliant qualities," observed Dmitri Shostakovich in 1965 after hearing the Bulgarian pianist's interpretation of his First Piano Concerto. "Anton Dikov's art does honor to his country, and his performances stand out for their wonderful preparation, freshness and nobleness of style." Thus noted the legendary pianist Emil Gilels. Dikov himself often emphasized the deep connection he felt with the composers presented on this CD. "For me, there is one guidepost which has led me for years. That is Beethoven. With his music I feel I am in my own territory. It is a feeling I recognize which comes on its own." About Brahms, Dikov had this to say. "When I was young, Brahms was an enigma for me. I have debated a lot about the qualities of his approach to the piano. At that time, I played a lot of Liszt, who more recently has been absent from my programs. Not that I undervalue Liszt's significance, and I even think I will return to him. But now I feel closer to Brahms. I discover things in him that I had not suspected earlier."



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (32) for Piano in C minor on an Original Theme, WoO 80
  • Performer: Anton Dikov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1806
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
  • Performer: Anton Dikov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Komm, Gott, Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, BWV 667
  • Performer: Anton Dikov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
  • Performer: Anton Dikov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1748-1749
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
  • Performer: Anton Dikov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun freut euch, liebe Christen, BWV 734
  • Performer: Anton Dikov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1708-1717
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orgelbüchlein :: Ich ruf'zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
  • Performer: Anton Dikov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1713-1717
  • Studio/Live: Studio