And the double name? Petar Ouvaliev chose the name of Pierre Rouve as the one by which he was known in the UK, it was the name on his British passport. His wife and biographer feels it shows how his personality and all his artistic activities bridged the two persons: the Bulgarian who had already begun to make a name for himself before coming to the West and the perfect European that he became once settled in the United Kingdom.
|Ivo and Lachezar Stankov |
performing at the Bulgarian Embassy
photo credit Sussie Ahlburg
The more formal part of the evening (there were drinks to come!) finished with the UK premiere of Dobrinka Tabakova's Through the cold smoke performed by Ivo Stankov (violin) and Lachezar Stankov (playing a piano given to the embassy by Paderewski). Dobrinka had based the work on an image from Pierre Rouve's photographic archive, of a cigarette smoking in front of a microphone, and had used the letters of Pierre Rouve's name to form a melody which came in the middle of the piece. It is quite a contemplative work but with some highly dramatic moments. The Stankov brothers premiered it in Sofia in January on the very day of Pierre Rouve's birthday. I am very sure that it won't be the last time we hear it.