We have been familiar with the musical content of Béla Bartók's Concerto ever since our studies at the Hanover University of Music. At the time we worked with our teacher Vladimir Krainev on the chamber version of this work, that is known as Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. During the development of the idea for this CD project, however, we were simply overwhelmed by the completely different sound volume, by the incomparable dimension and wealth of colors, that this Concerto score of the work reveals. It unleashes unexpected powers that vault us and our listeners within splits of seconds to the soaring heights of a supernatural realm.
NEW DISCOVERY - World Premiere Recordings -
We first learned about Victor Babin as a pianist in the Vronsky & Babin Duo and as a composer of the Concerto No.2 from Loretta Dranoff, who founded the world's biggest piano duo competition in Miami and served as its president for many years. She had been a member of the famous American Murray and Loretta Dranoff Duo herself, thus she had known both of them personally. During our extended private conversations prior to her death she expressed to us many times her fondest wish: she hoped to live to hear us perform his wonderful work on CD and to experience its establishment as a permanent part of the concert repertoire on the world's stages.
Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov
▪ ECHO Klassik Music Award 2017 for Genova & Dimitrov
The Piano Duo has been awarded the world's most prestigious classical music prize in the Category "Concerto Recording of the Year (20./21.Century)" for their CD "Bela Bartok & Victor Babin - Concertos for Two Pianos" (cpo) with the Symphony Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio led by Yordan Kamdzhalov | read
▪ The CD "Bartok & Babin - Concertos for 2 Pianos" nominated for the "Best Recordings List"
of the "Deutsche Schallplattenkritik" ("German Record Review") in the category "Concertos" | read
▪ AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE: "Genova & Dimitrov are one of the best duos in the world today!" USA | read
▪ Genova & Dimitrov on WDR 3 Radio Cologne "Klassik Forum" broadcasting
with their new world premiere CD recording of Victor Babin's Concerto for 2 Pianos & Orchestra (cpo). Host Michael Stegemann.
▪ NDR Kultur Radio Hamburg presents Genova & Dimitrov
in interview with Raliza Nikolov about their new orchestra CD "Bartok & Babin" | listen
▪ The top rating review of music pope Ingo Harden about the new CD in the German magazine FONO FORUM
"The internationally renowned Duo Genova & Dimitrov (...) performs with its usual precision and brilliance and is supported reliably by its Bulgarian compatriots in these recordings." | read
▪ "Raising of the Treasure" - Das Orchester Magazine with impressively brilliant press review on the new CD "Bartok & Babin"
The principal German-speaking magazine for orchestral music, published by Schott Music, releases its brilliant press review on the Duo's new CD "Bartok & Babin" (cpo): "Genova & Dimitrov with velvety nonpathetic poetry, gentle and smooth like warm summer rain drops... The four piano hands captivate... Motorical and technical stamina... Organically reached tempo and dynamical climaxes... Magnificent sound formations remaining still transparent... Perpetuum mobile-like flowing piano progressions..." | read
▪ "Go for it!" - David Hurwitz about "Bartok & Babin" in the "Classics Today"
USA David Hurwitz with a marvellous review about the Artists' new CD "Bartok & Babin" in the renowned US music magazine: "Major Discoveries: Victor Babin, the Composer... Very well played by the duo Genova & Dimitrov!... With evident joy, and well worth to getting to know... Go for it!" | read
▪ "Listen and Marvel!": Luxemburger Pizzicato Music Magazine with Top Rating
During one of the rare and short relaxing times on the balcony of their Miami domicile, the Artists enjoy reading the brilliant top-rated press review about their new CD "Bartok & Babin" in the Luxembourg "Pizzicato" Music Magazine | read
▪ "Bartok & Babin" - Selection of the UK "Classical CD Choice"
The Duo's new CD with the Concertos of Bartok and Babin - Selection of the british music magazine: "Powerful and persuasive reading, making for an attractive disc."
▪ "A grandiose proof of one of the world's best piano duos!": PianoNews Magazine
Carsten Durer, the Editor-in-Chief of the Europe's leading German-speaking piano magazine on the new CD "Bartok & Babin" in the March/April issue | read
▪ Tip of the Day of the "Hoerzu" (Listen up) TV & Radio Magazine
In more than 1 million copies - Genova & Dimitrov and the new CD are the Tip of the Day of the nationwide radio program in Germany's oldest and leading TV & Radio Magazine "Hörzu" (Listen up) | read
▪ Radio Bremen dedicates its entire broadcasting "Nordwestradio in concert: Classic" to the new CD
Radio Bremen dedicates its entire 1-hour long broadcasting "Nordwestradio in concert: Classic" to the presentation of the Duo's new CD "Bartok & Babin - Concertos for Two Pianos". Host: Wilfried Schaeper | read
▪ "UNITY BY TWO": the Hamburg "Concerti" Music Magazine about the new CD "Bartok & Babin"
"The Genova & Dimitrov Piano Duo with fulminant concertos by Babin and Bartok!", the new top CD review in the German "Concerti" Music Magazine in its 164.000 copies large first 2017 issue, by Christian Lahneck | read
▪ "Stellar Piano Duo": the top ranking CD press review in the "KLASSIK HEUTE" Music Magazine about the new CD
"Thrilling music in its recent new restaging! Piano Duo and Orchestra on a maximum energy level. Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra under Yordan Kamdzhalov in a wide-awaken exchange of radical sound colors and eruptive energies - the exact intensity this work needs!... Spectacular also the soloistical duels of this stellar piano duo." | read
▪ "A Piano Duo of Superlatives!": the Wiener Zeitung top CD press review on the Duo's new CD "Bartok & Babin"
"A Duo of Superlatives!": the Wiener Zeitung top CD press review on the Duo's new CD Bartok & Babin (cpo 555 001-2). "Genova & Dimitrov: It could not be better, as there would be one single body with four arms. Fireworks display!", reports Edwin Baumgartner in Austria's daily newspaper | read
▪ The new CD - "Christmas Special CD Recommendation" of SWR Radio Stuttgart/Baden-Baden
The new CD of the Duo "Bartok & Babin - Concertos for Two Pianos" has been announced "Christmas Special CD Recommendation" of SWR Radio Stuttgart/Baden-Baden | listen
▪ The Bulgarian National Radio presents the new CD recording of the Duo
The Bulgarian National Radio presents the new CD recording of the Duo "Bartok & Babin - Concertos for Two Pianos" in the "Allegro vivace" program of the Horizont Channel. Radio host Irena Gadeleva talks live with the artists about their thoughts and ideas on the world premiere release | listen