Performed by Alexander Raytchev, piano
Accompaniment: Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Nayden Todorov
Composed in 1934, this series of variations on one of Paganini's themes was an instant hit. The 18th variation is a universally known melody to this day, being heard on film and television soundtracks, in recordings, and in concert halls everywhere. A many ways bridge between late 19th-century music and the modern age, it is a vital addition to every serious pianist's repertoire. And this deluxe 2 CD set includes a special slow-tempo version of the accompaniment to help you get up to speed! Includes an expansive, newly engraved 96-page music book with solo part and orchestral reduction, printed on high-quality ivory paper; and two compact discs containing the complete performance of the concerto in digital stereo; a digital stereo version of the orchestral accompaniment, minus the soloist; plus a special –25% slow-tempo version of the accompaniment for practice purposes.