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GROZDANA - Trakia Folk Ensemble - Plovdiv

GROZDANA - Trakia Folk Ensemble - Plovdiv
ID: GD228
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Folk Music

During the 1950s, musical life in Bulgaria witnessed a phenomenon which opened up a new stage in the development of Bulgarian folk music: the establishment of the first State Ensemble for Folk Songs and Dances "Philip Koutev". The phenomenon was quick to win numerous admirers and followers. Similar ensembles uniting the talent of numerous singers and instrumentalists, composers, conductors and choreographers cropped up throughout Bulgaria. And when the art of these ensembles had reached its both national and international triumph, the Trakia Folk Ensemble - Plovdiv emerged, to show that there exist other ways and means of presenting the Bulgarian folklore. Its founders, Prof. Kiril Djenev (one of the leading choreographers in Bulgaria) and Stefan Mutafchiev (a talented composer of non-traditional musical ideas), laid their hopes on the young (the average age of the company is 22 years), the professional training of each of the performers and, first and foremost, on syncretism, the main characteristic of traditional art. Their first stage appearance literally set the audience on fire! Everyone from the ensemble sang, played a musical instrument and danced on the stage. The audience witnessed a true folk show. And it has been so for 25 years now! Although the directors and conductors of the ensemble have changed, the ensemble's young and innovative spirit has been preserved.
The programme of this jubilee album released by Gega New is diverse and selected with much taste. It varies from the deep tribute in respect to Stefan Moutafchiev, one of Trakia Ensemble's founders, through the works of the already established composers Kosta Kolev and Krassimir Kyurkchiiski, to the music of the younger Todor Prashtakov, Tsvetan Tsvetkov, among others. The ensemble's directors together with soloists, choir and orchestra represent with mastery and inspiration the different folk regions of the country (Thrace and Strandja, the Rhodope Mountains, the Shoppe region, the Pirin region and North Bulgaria).

Director and choreographer: Daniela Djeneva
Conductor of the choir: Dimiter Hristov
Conductor of the orchestra: Tsvetan Tsvetkov

Soloists: Maria Tsvetkova, Stanka Argirova-Kurshumova, Peter Zahariev (tamboura), Mitko Popov (tarambuka and tupan), Ulyana Raikova, Rumyana Angelova, Peter Kostadinov (bagpipe), Zlatka Stefanova, Boika Sekeranova, Temenuga Mincheva
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BULGARIAN FOLK SONGS AND DANCES

BULGARIAN FOLK SONGS AND DANCES
ID: GD230
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Folk Music

The present programme is the first of a series of releases initiated by Gega New with the ambition to reveal the talent of some of Bulgaria's most famous folk musicians. Without aiming to go in chronological order, Gega New intends to present different folk artists and composers who have marked a path in the development of this genre of music. The first релеасе features recordings of Petko Radev, clarinet, and Petko Dachev, accordion.
Petko Radev founded the Bulgarian National Radio Folk Orchestra in the 1970s. It made an immediate impression on listeners with its new musical sound, new type of improvisations and fascinating introductions. Even though he has an academic musical background, having graduated from the Bulgarian Academy of Music, Petko Radev applies the best devices of the Thracian instrumental tradition in his performing. Making use of his profound classical training, he transfers to the studio and stage the brilliant and sophisticated sound, combined with his free stylistic improvisations, which he has inherited from virtuoso musicians from his childhood. During the years when he plays and records folk music he is also a teacher in the Sofia Academy of Music. Many folk musicians learn from his talent and he himself is the creator of a school for interpreting of Bulgarian folklore. After working for 11 years as first clarinetist in the Milan La Scala, he came back to Bulgaria but never returned to folk music as a performer. Currently he has dedicated his life entirely to classical music and to his students. Nevertheless, his wide experience still makes him an important consultant to young musicians, and he can often be seen at all folk festivals and singing competitions.
Another famous musician who has played in the folk orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio since its very creation is the accordionist Petko Dachev. While the Thracian wedding bands of the 1960s and 1970s abounded in perfect clarinetists, the accordion still had a subordinate place and the players used to keep to simpler improvisations. This is what makes Petko Dachev's vast creative method so prominent. In his improvisations he enriched the Strandja vocal mode of playing with a characteristic ornamental strain and in this way created a new Strandja-Thracian style, which quickly found its followers and has been widely exploited by musicians recently.
By establishing a new orchestra, Petko Radev and Petko Dachev attained a new mode in the interpretation of Bulgarian music folklore, which responds to the creative requirements of a whole generation of folk musicians. All renowned singers and instrumentalists have made recordings with them. This makes this programme so rich and various, featuring solo performances of artists, loved by the audience.


Petko Radev, clarinet, Petko Dachev, accordion
Participating: Yordan Yotov (accordion), Ognyan Vassilev-Jimmy (tupan), Nedyalka Keranova (vocal), Ivan Hadjiiski (trumpet), Gruicho Doichev (vocal), Vulcho Ivanov (vocal), Ivan Mihov (violin), Velichka Stambolova (vocal)
Bulgarian National Radio Folk Orchestra
Orchestra conducted by: Petko Radev, Anastas Naumov, Kosta Kolev
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HAYDN & MOZART - PIANO CONCERTOS - Maria PRINZ, piano

HAYDN & MOZART - PIANO CONCERTOS - Maria PRINZ, piano
ID: GD233
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

Exquisite Vienna classical music streams from the compact disc of Maria Prinz. It features Haydn's most famous concerto for piano in D major, and two popular piano concertos by Mozart - in F major and in A major. Maria Prinz is the daughter of the renowned Bulgarian composer and conductor Konstantin Iliev. She graduated from the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin having studied in Prof. Rudolf Dunckel's class. Ms Prinz furthered her education with Jörg Demus in Vienna and with Yvonne Lefébure in Paris. Currently she lives in Vienna and gives lectures at the Vienna University of Music. Along with her teaching career, Maria Prinz is also a concretizing artist with appearances in Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Italy), Japan, the USA. During the past few years the pianist renewed her extensive concert activities in Bulgaria as soloist at concerts of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, giving solo concerts at the March Music Days - Rousse, and the Pianissimo international music festi
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CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS
ID: GD236
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Choir

The Bulgarian National Radio Children's Choir under the baton of Hristo Nedyalkov present the most popular Christmas songs like Jingle Bells, Silent Night, Holy Night, Oh Christmas Tree, as well as Bulgarian carols by Dobri Hristov, Angel Bukureshtliev, Petko Stainov, Marin Goleminov, etc. The songs by Hristo Nedyalkov with which several generations of Bulgarian children grew up are also very popular.
Hristo Nedyalkov, the well-known choral conductor, founded the Bulgarian National Radio Children's Choir in 1960. For a short time it established itself as one of the elite Bulgarian choirs because of its crystal sound, its incredible sense of style, content and mood of each song, its rich repertoire including works from different ages, from the 17th century up to modern time, both by Bulgarian and foreign composers. The choir's concerts in Bulgaria and around the world (the Children's Choir has performed in almost 30 countries) are a true festive occasion for the connoisseurs of the art of choral singing. The choir's success is due mainly to its chief conductor Hristo Nedyalkov and his talent to work with children. The famous choir expert communicates his experience and knowledge to students, choral conductors, music experts, guests from abroad and music teachers. This way his work with the Bulgarian National Radio Children's Choir becomes a true school for choral art.

Bulgarian National Radio Children's Choir
Hristo Nedyalkov, conductor

Soloists: Ina Kancheva, Denitsa Dimitrova, Maria Radoeva, Milena Ognyanova, Stanislava Vajarova
Accompanied by: Danaila Deleva (piano), Lidia Andreeva (piano),Theodora Dimitrova (organ), Trio for Contemporary Music, Bulgarian National Radio Light Music Orchestra
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IVAN PETROV-IOCHAN - Orthodox Liturgy - Christi Geburt 2000

IVAN PETROV-IOCHAN - Orthodox Liturgy - Christi Geburt 2000
ID: GD237
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Sacred Music
Subcollection: Choir

Christ's birth is one of the most glorious Christian holidays. The holiday church service within the Orthodox tradition is accompanied with very beautiful chants. The works performed are usually by anonymous authors or Bulgarian and Russian composers from the end of 19th and the beginning of 20th centuries. In most cases they know thoroughly the exigencies of the church canon. That is the reason for this music to have such a purifying effect not only on the believers but on the admirers of good music too. For all of them is the release dedicated to the 2000 anniversary of Christ's birth, containing music by Ivan Petrov-Iochan. The liturgy is created by a contemporary composer, which is an exceptionally rare phenomenon for the work of the Bulgarian composers from the end of the 20th century. One must have courage to interfere in such a delicate and severely canonical matter. Besides, one needs serious training, profound knowledge and a sense of proportion to feel to what extent to use secular intonations. Therefore the connoisseurs of Orthodox musical tradition will be pleasantly surprised by the skill of Ivan Petrov-Iochan, who combines the exigencies of the Orthodox Church with elements of the secular vocal music. The education the composer received at the Seminary and the Theological Academy in Sofia, and his practice in the most famous Bulgarian choirs (the Svetoslav Obretenov Bulgarian Philharmonic Choir, Joan Kukuzel Angeloglasniat, Gusla, Kaval, the choir to the Alexander Nevsky Memorial Cathedral, the choir of the Opera Theatre in Sofia, etc.) are the base on which he builds up his work. The sound is very authentic, thanks to the exclamations and the chime of the bells, as in a true holiday liturgy.


Soloists: Ivan Petrov-Iochan (bass), Nikola Ghiuselev (bass), Nikolina Pankova (soprano), Noi Nikolov (tenor), Alexandrina Milcheva (mezzo-soprano)
Exaltations: Ivan Petrov-Iochan, Noi Nikolov
Bells: Maria Zabova-Petrova

Members of the Svetoslav Obretenov National Philharmonic Choir
Georgi Robev, conductor
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GENOVA & DIMITROV PIANO DUO

GENOVA & DIMITROV PIANO DUO
ID: GD240
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

The International Piano Duo Federation New York - Tokyo, acknowledged Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov as "the most successful young piano duo in the world" as a result of its complex worldwide statistics. For the five years since its foundation at the end of 1995 the Duo won all the major prestigious international piano-duo contests: Murray Dranoff Two-Piano Competition (Miami, USA), ARD Music Competition (Munich, Germany), Two-Piano Competition Tokyo (Japan), Bellini Music Competition (Caltanissetta, Italy), Premio V. Bucchi Music Competition (Rome, Italy).
Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov were born in Bulgaria. Both graduated in piano from the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music in Sofia. They had post-graduate master classes with the great Russian pianist Prof. Vladimir Krainev in Hanover (Germany), following his personal invitation. It was there that the idea of establishing the duo was born. Currently they live in Germany and they give concerts on four-handed piano and two grand pianos all over the world. The Genova & Dimitrov Piano Duo has performed to public and critical acclaim at such renowned international events as the festivals in Ludwigsburg, Schwetzingen, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, "Heidelberg Spring" (Germany), in Athens (Greece), in Miami and Southampton (USA), etc. They have also made a number of radio- and TV recordings in the USA, Japan, Australia, Germany, and Bulgaria.
The present release includes works of composers from the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. The programme is indicative of the wide range of the duo's repertoire, as well as of their ambition to present to the listeners popular yet rarely performed works.
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MAGNIFICAT

MAGNIFICAT
ID: GD242
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Sacred Music
Subcollection: Choir

The first boys' choir in Sofia was founded in 1968. The idea of the founder Lilyana Todorova was to introduce a new model in the tradition of Bulgarian choral singing. Sofia Boys' Choir established itself quickly in Bulgarian choral art. Its repertoire has been especially varied after 1989, when conductor of the choir became Adriana Blagoeva. Members of the choir are boys aged between 8 and 15, who are trained by experienced teachers on a special curriculum. As many as 1500 children have been trained in the choir since its foundation. Its repertoire includes dozens of works composed between the 15th to the end of the 20th centuries and also embraces works by Bulgarian composers. The choir has always won prestigious prizes when participating at international competitions and festivals and its concerts have been loudly applauded both by the audience and the critics. The choir's conductor, Adriana Blagoeva, graduated from the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music in Sofia majoring in choral conducting. She has worked actively for the choir's fame as a serious choral ensemble of high quality, capable of interpreting works ranging from songs to oratorios.


Soloists: Irena Petkova (mezzo-soprano), Joannis Kiurzoglu (counter-tenor), Nikolay Motsov (tenor), Nikolay Petrov (baritone)
Atanas Atanassov (organ)
Chamber Orchestra

Recorded in Bulgaria Concert Hall, Sofia, 1999 (13 and 14), and June 2001
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MASTERS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC - Vol. 2

MASTERS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC - Vol. 2
ID: GD246
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Orchestral Works
Subcollection: Orchestra

The series MASTERS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC presents popular works of the pre-classical, classical and romantic periods as well as 20th century music. The series will include eight releases. The first programme (GD 245) features pieces by Grieg - Peer Gynt (Suite No, 1 op. 46), Sibelius - The Swan of Tuonella, Haendel - fragments from Water Music, and Suppe - Overture from Dichter and Bauer.
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STAMITZ PENDERECKI - Viola Concertos - Dimitar Penkov, viola

STAMITZ PENDERECKI - Viola Concertos - Dimitar Penkov, viola
ID: GD250
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Viola

Concerto per viola ed orchestra, NDR Orchestra, Aldo Ceccato, conductor

There are two centuries that separate the composers included in this release - Karl Philipp Stamitz (1745-1801) and Krzystof Penderecki (1933). Living in two different epochs, their works reflect not only the development of music, but also the history of the viola concerto. Stamitz' Konzert D Dur for Viola and Orchestra was composed when the genre was still in its early stage, the interest in the instrument itself was quite lively and its technical means and expressive resources provoked the curiosity of the composers. When Penderecki wrote Concerto per viola ed orchestra, the viola had long since established itself in the composers' practice. The idea of combining the two composers is very interesting and requires incredible artistic mastership.
The two concertos have been recorded by the talented Bulgarian viola player Dimitar Penkov. Having graduated from the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music in Sofia, he is laureate of a number of prestigious international competitions. He specialized with Prof. Yfrah Neaman in London and has enjoyed a successful performing career working with conductors like Pierre Bartholomee, Michael Tabachnik, Aldo Ceccato, Gilbert Varga, Vassil Kazandjiev, Konstantin Iliev, Alexander Vladigerov and others. Accepting the invitation of Olivier Messiaen and Pierre Bartholomee, he made a premire performance of Penderecki's viola concerto in France, which was recorded live by Radio Paris (1985). Since 1983 he has been living in Hanover, Germany.
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BACK TO THE BEGINNING

BACK TO THE BEGINNING
ID: GD263
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Folk Music

In its historical development Bulgaria has undergone many vicissitudes. Great masses of people settled to live on its territory, accepting the traditions of the local people and at the same time influencing their way of life and culture. This resulted in the appearance of specific regions in the country with their own unique, diverse and multi-layered traditions. A region of such specific nature is the northeastern part of the country. Tracing the art of its singers and instrumentalists, we can draw a picture of the musical and folk traditions of the area.
Sonya Kancheva is a renowned singer from Northern Bulgaria and boasts of a beautiful voice and an exceptional repertoire. She has collected and recorded hundreds of songs from her native place which illustrate to a great extent the interaction of local and adopted musical culture.
Since 1951, when she made her first recordings with Radio Sofia, she has recorded over 270 songs, and there are about 500 more in her personal archives. For many years she has been visiting a great number of villages in this region and the songs she collected from there seem to live a new live of their own with her performance. Sonya Kancheva is the first singer from the region of Varna who has revealed to the listeners the fascinating folklore of Northern Bulgaria. She is still a much favoured performer by people of different ages and an example for the younger folk singers.
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