New album gets high praise by Audiophile Audition

January 25, 2015

In a review of Ani's new album Fantasies, Fairytales, & Nightmares, one of the most prestigious online reviewing publications Audiophile Audition praises her playing for being “quite hypnotic”, “eliciting fine nuances”, “project[ing] a special magic “ and “incisive accuracy” “as if she were “as if she were Martha Argerich on speed.”

 

Audiophile Audition

Gary Lemco

Recorded 26-27 January 2014, this “Gothic” excursion might provide superb Halloween fare, given its premise – from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – that “The lunatic, the lover, and the poet – Are of imagination all compact.”  Gogova, the Bulgarian-American pianist, has gleaned praise for her “dazzling artistic presence” and “masterful poetic expression.” Gogova certainly impresses in her applications to the Moonlight Sonata, coloring chords and eliciting fine nuances from the usually formulaic second movementAllegretto. The Presto agitato announces in bold terms the dynamic authority Gogova provides when required, pungent yet eminently clear in line. 

Ani releases her new CD in October 2014

August 1, 2014

Award-winning Bulgarian-American pianist Ani Gogova bends the conventions of presenting classical music in her debut solo recording. Starting with the strikingly dramatic CD package design, created by one of Europe’s leading visual artists, the album takes the listeners on a journey to the pianist’s world of “Fantasies, Fairytales, and Nightmares.” The music ranges from all-time favorite Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata to lesser known Medtner’s magical Fairytales; from the intimate beauty of romantic fantasy pieces of Schumann and Brahms to the whimsical humor of Shostakovich, the electrifying energy of Prokofiev, and the enigmatic code of Ligeti.

 

Released by Blue Griffin Recording

Distributed by Albany

 

The album will be available nationwide online and in all stores October 14, 2014.

Ani records the new "Fantasies, Fairytales, and Nightmares" album

January 1, 2014

Ani enters the sudio to record her new solo album "Fantasies, Fairytales, and Nightmares" at the end of January, 2014. The album, expected to be released by Blue Griffin Recording in September, will include the Moonlight sonata (quazi una fantasia) by Beethoven, Fantastic pieces by Schumann, Fantasies by Brahms, Fantastic Dances by Shostakovich, Fairytales by Medtner, Suggestion Diabolique by Prokofiev, and selection from Musica Ricercata by Ligeti. The album cover will feature the work of two Chicago-based artists, photographer Ksenia Poulber and designer Mark Roscoe.

iAN&ANi with a new multimedia performance at Copernicus Center

November 1, 2013

After over 100 concerts in the last two seasons Ani's internationally acclaimed duo, iAN&ANi, returns to Chicago with a new multimedia production at Copernicus Center on November 15. In "Behind the Curtain" the dinamic duo joins forces with visual artist Galina Shevchenko for a unique blend of live classical music, silent-era film and real-time animation. Two masterpieces from the Soviet Era, sonatas for cello and piano by Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitry Shostakovich, will be performed to Shevchenko’s edgy conceptual video mixing Russian Revolution era silent documentary footage and artist’s own real-time animation.

Ani featured with Joffrey Ballet dancer in a new music film "Moments"

October 1, 2013

New music film by Russian director Sergei Kvitko features pianist Ani Gogova and Joffrey Ballet lead dancer Lucas Segovia. "Moments", which is based on Rachmaninoff's Moments Musical, Op.16 explores the eternal themes of art, love, and loss. Ani performs three of the sublime miniatures by the Russian romantic in this dramatic film. Beautifully shot and passionately narrated through sound, "Moments" captures the essence of Rachmaninoff's style with its wide emotional range from fragile intimacy to feverishly sweeping passion.

 

 

Watch the trailer of "Moments"

Fantasies, Fairytales, and Nightmares: Benefit for Ani's new album

September 5, 2013

One of the most anticipated events on Chicago's musical scene this fall will take place at the exquisite Palm Court of the Drake Hotel. Internationally renowned pianist Ani Gogova will appear in a recital featuring the Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven, Fantasies by Schumann, Brahms, and Shostakovich, Fairytales by Medtner, and Musica Ricercata by Ligeti. Praised for her “dazzling artistic presence”, “masterful poetic expression”, “ravishing colors”, and “virtuoso technique beyond reproach”, Ani is returning to the Drake after sold-out performance of her iAN&ANi duo with Russian cellist Ian Maksin earlier this year. Raising funds for Ani's upcoming album “Fantasies, Fairytales, and Nightmares”, this event will feature an art exhibition by Symbolist artist Gail Potocki, who utilizes the skills and techniques of the Old Masters to create lush allegories rooted in compelling realism, branching seductively into the realms of possibility. Silent auction of products and services donated by local artists and businesses will conclude the evening. All contributions, including tickets, are tax deductible through the fiscal sponsor of the project, the Bulgarian American Heritage Center (501c).

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