The classical ‘Duo Dobrev’ (violin and piano) started their musical career in 1985 with ... their marriage! Until 1989 the couple performed only in Bulgaria, their native country. After the studies at the Conservatory of Sofia, they moved to Belgium in 1989 where Ivo got accepted at the Flemish Opera, and where Kristina joined several orchestras and ensembles as a double bass player (the piano is her second instrument).
After the successful CDs ‘Duo Dobrev Debut’ and ‘Duo Dobrev Development’, Ivo and Kristina are expanding their horizons with new ideas... First of all they have enriched their repertoire enormously. This can be noticed from the program of this CD, where several music genres meet each other. The audience can both enjoy classical music and opera-aria’s, as well as Hungarian folk, Argentinean Tango, musicals and even jazz.
They decided to develop a new image of musical interpretations where different professional musicians can execute a broad spectrum of musical possibilities. That is why words such as duo, trio, quartet, singers or woodwinds are simply transformed into... FRIENDS!
It is really not a coincidence how these musicians attuned their ‘frequency’ into a harmonic synchronisation. Not the slightest doubt about the choice of the program, no discussions about the stylistic aspect of the interpretation, i.e. a real musical friendship.
Christa Biesemans studied at the Conservatory of Ghent with Lucienne Van Dijck. Next, she attended specialising courses with Françoise Garner (France), Kenneth Woollam and Sandy Stone. She became laureate on the Mariott concourse in Amsterdam and the Erna Spoorenberg concourse in Nijmegen. Later she debuted for the Opera of Flanders with the role of Ottilie (The White Horse) and played several roles in operetta’s in The Netherlands and in Belgium. Christa also sings arias, oratorios and classic songs. She performed many times with the Youth and Music Orchestra in Antwerp under the direction of Ivo Venkov.
Together with the pianist Dirk Stuer and two other vocals, they founded the vocal quartet ‘Operatti’. This ensemble brings music in a recreational way, and in Dutch too. Christa has been working for quite a while together with ‘Dobrev & Friends’.
Since 1989 Christa is affiliated to the Flemish Opera where she plays several small roles.
(1,2,3) The three Piazzolla arrangements indulge the audience in the specific Argentinean tango atmosphere, while in the second song (Vocalise) a beautiful wordless Ave Maria can be heard.
(4) ‘Sevdana’ is probably the most beautiful Bulgarian pièce for the violin. It is the sad story of the inevitable destiny of Sevdana, an innocent young girl that was kidnapped by the Turkish during a five centuries conquer over Bulgaria.
(5,6) Puccini – two unforgettable Italian melodies from one of the greatest opera masters of all times. The aria of Lauretta from ‘Gianni Schichi’ is followed by Musetta, from ‘La Bohème’.
(7,8,9,10) Hungary sings and dances! Four master pieces where irresistible and fascinating Czardas are intermingled with heartily Hungarian songs.
(11) The dedicated Ave Maria by Caccini – one of the favourites chefs-d’œuvre of Boccelli and many other singers.
(12) A bit of popular music from Spain – the famous ‘Hijo de la Luna’, with its very poetic lyrics.
(13) Almost forgot the musicals?! Maria from ‘West Side Story’ feels really ‘pretty’!
(14) Finally – the funny, jazzy and virtuous ‘Jim, Gem, Jam’ from one of the greatest Bulgarian jazz pianists – Milcho Leviev, from the album ‘Gourbet – Mohabet’.