Rachmaninoff As Never Before
On the occasion of its 25th Birthday Anniversary, the Piano Duo Genova & Dimitrov realizes this year a fervent wish with a genuine mammoth project taking the pianists to their emotional limits in a form that has never been witnessed in the music world before: the two exceptional artists have recorded on cpo Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Complete Works for Piano Duo as a double CD. The manifold colors in these pieces full of musical ideas are just spectacular… trully a captivating affair of the heart and an hommage to their idol Rachmaninoff. But nobody can describe this music better than the pianists themselves:
"«Rachmaninoff's Second Suite, Schubert's Fantasy, Mozart's Sonata!», this was the authoritative answer that we, being Postgraduate students at the Hanover University of Music, received at the end of 1995 from our teacher, the piano legend Vladimir Krainev, to our question which works we could prepare for our first piano duo competition. At that time we would have never imagined that almost 25 years later from these few words the idea for this grand project would develop – a project we are now so particularly proud of."
And justifiably so. Their impressive interpretations of the whole wide range of diverse compositions display Rachmaninoff’s multifacetedness in all its emotionally incredible, supercharged glory.
▪ 30.SEP 2020: Incredible first US review on #RachmaninoffComplete
«How many duos are there that can do this? Thank goodness there is at least this one!», what a first reaction from the USA! Thank you so much Dr. Mark J. Estren and Infodad.com! 💜💜
▪ 23.SEP 2020: «It was as if we had been given wings!» 🌟🎈🎉
The celebration season has begun with a MDR Radio Leipzig portrayal - Dr. Michael Kuhlmann in an interview with the Artists about their view on the music and the piano duo, about the philosophy behind this unique genre, about the #RachmaninoffComplete CD recordings and the future plans, and about much more others.
▪ 6.SEP 2020: #RachmaninoffComplete Sound Carousel has ended
After having reached out more than 250.000 fans and followers of the Artists worldwide only within 23 days the #RachmaninoffComplete Sound Carousel has ended as announced. Genova & Dimitrov are very happy to announce the 5 Winners who will receive the personally signed copies of the CD #RachmaninoffComplete: Alexandra Conus Brochard, Cristina Cavalletti, Maria Dukanova, Tinka Kuhn, Joris van Maldeghem. Sincere congratulations! 🎁🎉🎀
▪ 28.AUG 2020: «Aglika et Liuben: Vraiment comme un conte de fée» France Musique Radio
«Aglika and Liuben: Trully like a fairytale», comment Rodolphe Bruneau-Boulmier and Emilie Munera about #RachmaninoffComplete in their brilliant France Musique Radio program "En pistes !"
▪ 6.AUG 2020: The race #RachmaninoffComplete Sound Carousel is on!
The integral showcase of the 1-minute-long excerpts of all 23 IDAGIO tracks from the CD #RachmaninoffComplete has been launched. Graphically accompanied by selected photos of the Artists of four different international photographers, every day during the period 6 - 28.August 2020 a new track will be published on both Facebook & IGTV/Instagram. At the end of August a lottery drawing will be held among the most active Followers, Listeners and Fans of the Duo, and 5 of them will receive by mail as present the CD signed personally by Aglika Genova & Liuben Dimitrov. Have much fun and joy!
▪ 28.JUL 2020: Very happy to see #RachmaninoffComplete also on iTunes ! 🎧🎧🎵🎶 ›››
▪ 26.JUL 2020: Already on Spotify !!! 🔔💚💛✨ Enjoy #RachmaninoffComplete ! ›››
▪ 21.JUL 2020: #RachmaninoffComplete nominated for the OPUS KLASSIK 2020 Award in 3 categories!
The message of Rachmaninoff's music is deeply personal and universal, likewise. These are the three OPUS KLASSIK 2020 Award categories #RachmaninoffComplete has been nominated for
▪ 18.JUL 2020: Genova & Dimitrov on BNR Bulgarian National Radio "Encore" Program about #RachmaninoffComplete & many others
Great talk & terrific choice of music in this very special BNR Bulgarian National Radio broadcasting dedicated to the Duo with radio host Tatyana Ivanova! «ENCORE - the exeptional piano duo Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov in interview from their home in Germany are the guests of the 2 hours large BNR cult brodcasting. Besides being remarkable artists and teachers the two pianists are also amazing people. The harmony between them is absolutely evident not only when they play but also when they talk.» Enjoy music of Rachmaninoff, JChrBach, Mendelssohn, Vladigerov, Bruch, and Czerny. Part 1 ››› | Part 2 ›››
▪ 12.JUL 2020: #RachmaninoffComplete on BBC Radio 3
Heart-touching "Romance" from Rachmaninoff's 2.Suite in C minor for 2 pianos. Special thanks to BBC Radio 3 & Sean Rafferty for this appreciation and the great music choice from #RachmaninoffComplete
▪ 5.JUL 2020: Great Britain in love with #RachmaninoffComplete
«Grand show of fantasy and drama. Marvellous playing!» says Rob Challinor in a spectacular review for the British Music Magazine MusicWeb International
▪ 29.JUN 2020: PianoNews Magazine with Top Review on #RachmaninoffComplete
«Splendid Rachmaninoff Album»: Hans-Dieter Grunefeld appraises the CD with the maximum 6-Points Rating in his dazzling PianoNews-Review
▪ 11.JUN 2020: «With this Duo Rachmaninoff's music is in the best hands», Gregor Willmes in Fono Forum
Gregor Willmes' clear conclusion of his 5-stars review on #RachmaninoffComplete - the "Star Of The Month" of Fono Forum Music Magazine June/July
▪ 5.JUN 2020: «The Perfect Duo»: Radio Luxemburg about #RachmaninoffComplete
Luxemburg has been always one of the Duo's favourite places on earth. The great recognition from Radio 100,7 Luxemburg - #RachmaninoffComplete has been appraised "CD of the Day" - only intensifies these feelings
▪ 1.JUN 2020: 4 Stars for #RachmaninoffComplete from klassik.com! ›››
▪ 18.MAY 2020: «CD of the Week» of Radio Berlin Brandenburg
#RachmaninoffComplete has been selected as «CD of the Week» of Radio Berlin Brandenburg rbbKultur ausgewählt. Ulrike Jährling: «Pure piano romanticism. Sound pearls, delicately woven tone carpets, wit and constantly lots of emotions. Scenes of a marriage»
▪ 2.MAY 2020: #RachmaninoffComplete is "CD Recommendation" of Sven Godenrath's Opernratgeber, Hamburg ›››
▪ 19.APR 2020: "Selected by SWR2 Radio Stuttgart"
#RachmaninoffComplete is "Selected by SWR2 Radio Stuttgart" and Kerstin Gebel: «An outstanding duo! Big moments on the piano.» Music: Tarantella from Suite #2 ›››
▪ 17.APR 2020: «CD Recommendation» of Bavarian Radio Munich
#RachmaninoffComplete has been announced «CD Recommendation» of Bavarian Radio Munich BR-KLASSIK and Oswald Beaujean: «Fantastic! Played so imaginatively and vivaciously, so rich in sound colors, so clearly structured, and without any whiff of sentimentality, Rachmaninov turns into an ecstatic celebration. Caution: Danger of getting addicted!»
▪ 14.APR 2020: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Newspaper reports
«Easter For Four Hands!» Lotte Thaler's sensational press review about #RachmaninoffComplete in one of the world's leading newspapers: «Furioso technique... Rhythmical incisiveness... A moving-to-tears cantabile, and a literally masochistic love to each, no matter how breaknecking phrase»
▪ 29.MAR 2020: On air in 10 different languages
BNR Bulgarian National Radio with large presentation of the double CD "Sergei Rachmaninoff - Complete Works for Piano Duo" & interview of Radio Bulgaria host Albena Bezovska EN | DE | ES | FR | RU | GR | SR | TR | AL | BG
▪ 23.MAR 2020: Radio Bremen and Wilfried Schäper with CD Special Recommendation for #RachmaninoffComplete
"Exquisite musical delight... Rachmaninoff himself had often played with Vladimir Horowitz at two pianos - I could hardly imagine that it would have sounded better than Genova-Dimitrov."
▪ 16.MAR 2020: The first review on #RachmaninoffComplete by jpc Top 10 Reviewer Meiernberg (5 of 5 Stars)
"It's just great! This music needs true virtuosos. Genova & Dimitrov are the absolutely right interpreters who did this recordings to their affair of the heart. One can hear it in every single sound. Colourful and inventive play... Emotions, thoughtfulness, dazzling piano technique. Top Notch!"
▪ 24.FEB 2020: The New World Premiere Double CD of Genova & Dimitrov «Sergei Rachmaninoff Complete Works for Piano Duo» has been released!