Release Date: August 14, 2015
Catalog #: NV6007
Format: Digital & Physical

Transcriptions And Paraphrases For Cello And Piano

Franz Liszt composer
Buxton Orr composer
Bohuslav Martinů composer
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco composer

Lachezar Kostov cello
Viktor Valkov piano

On their debut Navona Records release, KOSTOV-VALKOV DUO: TRANSCRIPTIONS AND PARAPHRASES FOR CELLO AND PIANO, the Kostov-Valkov Duo – cellist Lachezar Kostov and pianist Viktor Valkov – present a powerful and invigorating program, showcasing their virtuosity and superior technique with commanding performances of works by Franz Liszt, Buxton Orr, Bohuslav Martinů, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Exemplifying the Duo’s ground-breaking and virtuosic arrangements, the three works by Franz Liszt include the first arrangement for cello and piano of the well-known Hungarian Rhapsody, No. 2. The Duo places Hungarian Rhapsody, No. 1, a lesser-performed piece of Liszt’s collection, in a Romani style, building to a fast and wild Czárdás ending. The pieces by Orr, Martinů, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco paraphrase and reference earlier works by Bizet and Rossini. Buxton Orr’s A Carmen Fantasy is a lively and romantic work, which illustrates Kostov’s fluid vibrato and Valkov’s harmonic control and elegance. Martiná’s Variations on a Theme of Rossini sets passages from Rossini in a 20th-century style of form and variation, using playful and racing lines between the cello and piano. Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Figaro paraphrases “Largo al factotum” from Rossini’s Barber of Seville with a spirited yet graceful conversation. Throughout this album, the Kostov-Valkov Duo push the limits of their instruments, unraveling these inspired works with passion, aplomb, refinement, and brilliance.


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Artist Information

Lachezar Kostov


Hailed for the "awesome purity of his playing" (New York Concert Review) and described as a "prodigiously skilled protagonist", Bulgarian cellist Lachezar Kostov has performed as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in USA, Japan and Europe. In 2006 Mr. Kostov was the National Winner at the MTNA competition. Lachezar Kostov gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 together with his longtime friend and chamber music collaborator pianist Viktor Valkov.

Viktor Valkov


Winner of the 2015 Astral Artists National Auditions, and Gold medalist at the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Viktor Valkov has been highly acclaimed by the critics as “lion of the keyboard” and “sensational”. Among numerous chamber music and solo appearances, during the last few concert seasons Mr.Valkov also performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.