Krassimira Jordan Performs Faculty Recital

Feb. 18, 1998

by Richard Veit

Krassimira Jordan, Baylor University's artist-in-residence since 1989, will present a faculty recital at 8 p.m Monday, Feb. 23, in Roxy Grove Hall. The program will include music of Chopin, Liszt and Vladigerov.

Frédéric Chopin's "Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillant" is a hybrid piece. The "Andante," for solo piano, was written as a slow introduction for the "Polonaise," which was originally scored for piano and orchestra.

Franz Liszt's "Variations on 'Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen'" is based on a theme from Johann Sebastian Bach's Cantata No. 12.

Of the many transcriptions that Liszt wrote of songs by Franz Schubert, Jordan will play two of the most famous, "Serenade" and "The Earl King."

She will conclude her recital with four pieces by 20th-century Bulgarian composer Pantscho Vladigerov. She will play his "Nocturno," "Rhythmic Movement," "Elegy," and "Vardar Rhapsody."

Jordan, a native of Bulgaria, was trained in Sofia, Vienna, and Moscow and was a student of Stanislav Neuhaus and Emil Gilels. Prior to joining the music faculty at Baylor, she taught at the Vienna Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts for 10 years. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in March of 1989. On April 7 she will appear as soloist (with Daniel Sternberg and the Baylor Symphony) in a performance of Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1.

In addition to her teaching and concert performances, Jordan also is an active recording artist. Her most recent compact disc, "Slavic Masterpieces for Piano," is available on the Albany Records label.

The piano recital by Jordan is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-3991.

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