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MP3 Dimiter Terziev - The Beginning and End of Classicism: J.C. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven

The disc follows the development of classicism from the charming simplicity of Johann Christian Bach to the transcendental profoundness and eccentricity of the late Beethoven

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CLASSICAL: Classical era, CLASSICAL: Sonata

The charming little Sonata in B-flat Major Op. 5 No.1 by Johann Christian Bach is an excellent example of the early classical style, usually known as Style Galant. Written in London around 1768, it bears virtually no stylistic resemblance to the music of the past, as represented by Johann Christian’s great father J.S. Bach. Instead, it shows a remarkable likeness to the music of the young Mozart, whom J.C. Bach undoubtedly influenced.

Once, describing a recently written set of piano concertos to his father, W. A Mozart wrote that they were a “happy medium between what is too easy and too difficult. . . . Here and there are things that connoisseurs can appreciate, but I have seen to it that those less knowledgeable can also be pleased without knowing why.” This simple and unpretentious comment brilliantly sums up the aspirations and goals of the great classical composers, and can be easily applied to both Sonata in D Major Hob XVI: 37 by Joseph Haydn and Mozart’s own Sonata in A Major K 331. It is indeed hard to find better examples of perfect balance between compositional brilliance, profoundness, simplicity, and user-friendliness.

It has often been said that Ludwig van Beethoven brought the classical style to its peak, and subsequently destroyed it. Indeed, listening to the Sonata in E Major Op. 109 and his last Bagatelles Op. 119, one finds very little evidence of the elegance and charm associated with the earlier forms of classicism. Instead, one witnesses a unique style that goes beyond beauty – a style that is strange, occasionally eccentric, challenging, and transcendentally profound. I can’t help but feel that both the ending of the sonata and the last of the bagatelles sound not only as bidding farewell to life, but also bidding farewell to an entire epoch.

Copyright:Dimiter Terziev

Born and raised in Bulgaria, Dimiter Terziev has graduated from the State Academy of Music in Sofia majoring in piano performance. After his move to Canada he also earned a Diploma of Advanced Music Performance Studies from Concordia University in Montreal and a Master’s degree from the University of Alberta. He has studied with Yordanka. Ekimova, Antoaneta Arsova, Milena Mollova, Anna Szpilberg and Dr. Stephane Lemelin.

Dimiter has performed solo and chamber recitals in Canada, USA, Bulgaria, Germany, and the Netherlands, and has appeared as soloist of several Bulgarian orchestras and the Kamloops Symphony. He is a recipient of several prizes and awards, including a prize at the Chopin National Competition in Bulgaria and a recording grant from Alberta Foundation for the Arts. The Beginning and End of Classicism is his third disc, following Colours of Bulgaria and Nocturnal World which have been featured several times on the CBC, the Canadian National Radio.

Dimiter and his wife Ilka have been living in Kamloops, British Columbia since 2003. He teaches piano at United Music in Kamloops and Vernon Community Music School. In addition, he is a registered piano dealer representing Bluethner, Bohemia, Nordiska and other European and Asian brands. Dimiter also submits music articles to Musikalni Horisonti, a Bulgarian music journal.

"Master of the stirring mysteries of sound . . . His playing constantly moved between poetry and passion."
(Badische Zeitung, Germany)

"He is a musician of deeply reasoned convictions, who already has a well defined understanding of his own artistic voice. He is a musician who thinks at the piano, and who has the gift of communicating his artistic vision in an engaging manner."
(Dr. Stephane Lemelin, Canada)

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