Congratulations to the exceptional concert of the distinguished Bulgarian pianist Dimcho Velichkov at the international festival Skopje summer.
Panda Zografska - Belinchanec
Skopje - Skopje, July 12, 2018
Among the participants - open 47 International Festival "Sofia Music Weeks" is a recital of Dimcho Velichkov on June 17 in Hall 9 of the National Palace of Culture. Pianist presented an extremely difficult program. From the very first etude op.2, №1 of Al. Scrjabin he impressed us with a very strong and convincing performance .
Dimcho Velichkov has no technical problems with the intricate texture of the writings not only with Scrjabin, but Liszt, Mussorgsky, Alexander Vladigerov and Vesselin Stoyanov included in the program.
In the emblematic work of Mussorgsky "Pictures at an Exhibition" Dimcho Velichkov “painted” each of the pictures with the brightest and finest nuances of sound palette.
Dimcho Velichkov represents a new generation pianists. His technique as a musician does not end in itself but it is also a basic device for the construction of musical-shaped architecture, visual suggestions and philosophical adjustments of the composers.
In the Ballade № 2 by Chopin and in “Nocturne” № 2 his left hand seems to cover with sheer all the images that were born from the music and strengthens the romantic character of the compositions.
Velichkov is able to achieve harmonious expressiveness with the music of Alexander Skrjabin and his Etudes (№ 1, № 3, № 7, № 12). Here we also see complexity of images, abstract structures, but again directed towards their harmonic implication within the whole stream of music.
Variations of the song by Krasimir Kurkchijski “ Polegnala e Tudora” sounded with the authentic Bulgarian melodic expression. In the ritual dream of the protagonist the melody moves in other dimensions with the death and resurrection of one Orpheus formula.
The piano cycle “Pictures at the Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky has also its own magic. Probably it was modified and occurred during the period when Mussorgsky participated in the study circle “ The Great Five” in the XX century in Russia. The philosophical idea of the cycle was skillfully expressed by Velichkov. The echo of the hall, this time, was transformed in suitable resonance space, which strengthened the impression and the influence of the musical images depicted in the author’s philosophical point of view about the powerful birth of the matter. And all that is achieved with impressive skills by the pianist Dimcho Velichkov.
Stara Zagora, 2013
Dimcho Velichkov is a real gift from Heaven. His delicate , flexible, fast and soft hands touch the keyboard with inimitable mastery, which is so huge that even the Angels enjoy it and it enchants us- the humans.
Peskara Italy, 15.08. 2012
With the first sounds from the music from the genius masterpiece by Mussorgsky Dimcho Velichkov succeeds in involving the listeners into his magical space full of images and pictures by Hartman. For each play he finds his unique colour with the corresponding timbre and gradually leads to the culminations of all cycles.
Dimcho Velichkov is able to feel the music and with his performance he carries to the listener different images from the play. His sound is full of vividness and timbre. The Bulgarian pianist sensitively listens to the intonation of the musical aspects of the tissue. His pianistic equipment gives him the opportunity to perform with an easiness plays from every composer with no matter of the level of the difficulty. Moreover one of the most important advantage is the ability to understand and perform clearly the musical teks, which is a sign of a good learner. We must add that the big temperament on the stage which is valid nowadays the performer is focused and self-contamination.
Valeria Fedotova - “Musical Life”
issue 9 2013 Moscow