— 3 listening CDs — By Ljubomir Bodourov; Bulgarian National Svetoslav Obretenov Choir; Maria Dimchevska; Dimiter Dimitrov; Dobrianova. By Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881). 3 listening CDs. Published by Capriccio (NX.C10789-91). Price: $19.00
— CD — By Josef Frank, Nicolai Ghiuselev, Dimiter Petkov, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicolai Ghiaurov, and Carlo Maria Giulini. By Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881). CD. Published by Sony Music Entertainment (NX.SONY60008). Price: $17.00
Four songs (texts P. Javorov, D. Debeljanov, E. Bagrjana) (1932)
Five harvest songs (1937)
Three songs (1938)
Six folk songs for voice and chamber orchestra (1938)
Christmas - oratorio (1939)
Trakia Suite for soprano, women’s choir and orchestra 1940
Five songs for solo voices, female choir and orchestra (1950)
Theme with variations (1931)
Sonate for violin and piano (1921)
Dimitar Nenov is one of the major figures of the second generation of Bulgarian composers, as well as one of the creators of the Bulgarian national music style. He studied piano privately with A. Stoyanov (1919-1920) and majored in architecture in Dresden (1920-1925), while continuing his music studies with private teachers: piano with K. Felling, theory and composition with T. Baumer and P. Buethner. In Dresden, Nenov was active as a professional musician (1925-1927), but on his return to Bulgaria he took a civil service position as architect (1927-1931). Even though such diversity was characteristic of his creative development, the musician in him proved stronger, and Nenov took advanced courses in piano with E. Petry (1931) and received a diploma in Bologna (1932). Subsequently, he joined the faculty of the State Academy of Music where he taught piano, and launched his career as concert performer in Bulgaria and abroad as pianist and member of chamber ensembles. In the end of the 1930s Nenov was also musical editor at Radio Sofia.
D. Nenov experienced an active artistic evolution. In the 1920s he promoted the expressive tendencies in the Bulgarian music with his chamber works and symphonies (First Symphony, 1922; Ballade for orchestra, 1924, Four Sketches for Large Orchestra, 1926). In the 1930s the composer established his interpretation of the national musical style, embodied in works such as the Piano Concerto (1936). The mature style of Nenov is represented in three genres of music: symphonic music (Rhapsodic Fantasy, 1940, Second Ballad for Piano and Orchestra (1943); music for voice and orchestra (six suites for voice and chamber orchestra, the secular oratorio Christmas, 1939, Trakia Suite for soprano, women’s choir and orchestra, 1940), and piano music (from the Variations, 1931 through the Miniatures, 1945).