The compositions on this album have been described as emotional and alluring, classical yet contemporary and with a certain cinematic quality. The sense of storytelling is all-pervasive and flowing piano textures, lush string writing and lyrical melodic lines alternate with moments of solitude and contemplation.
Robin A. Smith has had success in so many different genres, having studied composition at the Royal College of Music.He has conducted, composed and arranged for some of the greatest artists in the world, including Andrea Bocelli, José Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, Aretha Franklin and Burt Bacharach. He conducted the Opening Ceremony at the London 2012 Olympics for Mike Oldfield.Le Weekend is a suite of music written as small scenarios, imagining a couple in France and the feelings they have for each other, expressed through music. The titles evoke each unspoken emotion that the lovers feel sharing time together in a beautiful village anywhere in France. More >>
This recording is a classic album because of the natural flow of the music and the extraordinary empathy between Hristo Yotsov and the Donchev brothers, Anthony and George. Acoustic Version has always been about the musical synergy and chemistry between the players. Their classical training and cultural background have determined a style impossible to define. Certainly there are elements of Bulgarian folklore — treated in a “urban” way — European classical music heritage of chamber music making, and experimental contemporary jazz. More >>