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PIRIN FOLK SONGS - Zdravka and Pirinka Hristovi

PIRIN FOLK SONGS - Zdravka and Pirinka Hristovi
ID: GD264
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Folk Music

Contemporary musical life in Bulgaria creates new musical forms based on folklore. Thеy arouse our curiosity towards the original sources and ancient culture. The present recording of the twin sisters Zdravka and Pirinka Hristovi calls to mind the lasting values from the past. Having grown up in Bansko, a town situated at the foot of the Pirin Mountains (Southwest Bulgaria), they had the chance to pick up its specific local culture. Their musical talent took them to the Higher School of Music and Pedagogy in Plovdiv. After graduating, they become soloists of the Pirin State Ensemble for Folk Songs and Dances in Blagoevgrad. Their long-time connection with this famous ensemble ranks them among the best performers of traditional Bulgarian folk music. Together with the Pirin Ensemble, and then with Sofia Singers Folk Choir, the Hristovi sisters have toured many countries worldwide. Currently they are teachers in folk singing at the National High School of the Humanities in the town of Blagoevgrad. This programme is a kind of return back to the roots of Bulgarian folklore and presents the musical traditions of Bansko from the ancient style of singing "na atzane" (a complex vocal technique that few of today's singers have mastered), up to the two-part singing from the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. The instrumental accompaniment to the songs, done with artistic taste and a feeling of style, completes the beauty of the melodies and brings genuine pleasure to those who are ready to open their hearts to the charm of the Pirin songs.


Participating artists: Iliya Ganev (tamboura), Todor Ganev (tamboura), Petyo Krastev (tamboura), Ivan Ivanov (kaval), Kostadin Atanassov (bagpipe), Radko Assenov (percussions), Ivailo Ivanov (Peleto) - percussions, tarambuka, Metodi Trenovski (violoncello), Boyan Boyanov (double-bass)
14.00 eur Buy

GYPSY MUSIC

GYPSY MUSIC
ID: GD266
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Gypsy Music

The origin of the gypsies goes back to ancient times. Their fatherland is believed to be India, but after the 5th c. AD they migrated to other parts of the world. They came to Europe between the 9th and the 11th c. - first on the Balkans and in the 15th c. they settled in the rest of the continent. Their culture has been influenced to a great extent by that of the other ethnic communities, but even today most of the specific and characteristic elements of their music and dances are preserved in the Balkans. For this reason every gypsy music release of the Balkan region is received with great interest.
There are many outstanding musicians among the Bulgarian gypsies, but one of the best experts and performers of Gypsy music is Angelo Malikov. He is a composer, arranger, conductor, teacher and virtuoso cimbalom-player. He was born in Sofia in the family of the well-known Romany intellectual Yashar Malikov. Angelo first began playing the cimbalom and after that he discovered the violoncello. He finished the School of Music in Sofia and later graduated from the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music. His academic background did not distance him from the Romany music and he continuously created folk formations, collected traditional songs and dances and recorded them as soloist, conductor, or composer. His performances in a number of international festivals in Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Russia, the Czech Republic, Hungary have always presented the preserved music tradition of Bulgarian Gypsies. He has also worked as soloist of the Skopje Philharmonic in Macedonia and of the Biel Philharmonic, Switzerland. Angelo Malikov is very active in Bulgaria in polpularizing the authentic Gypsy music. He is one of the organizers of the prestigious forum of Romany music in Bulgaria - the Romfest in the town of Stara Zagora. He is also founder of the Youth Romany Ensemble in Sofia, thus involving the young to the Romany traditions.
Angelo Malikov has selected and recorded for the present release popular folk songs and dances, as well as some original compositions. The album incudes lyrics to the songs in Bulgarian, English and Gypsy languages, thus enabling the listeners to feel the poetic content of the songs.


Performed by: Demcho Damyanov, Iliana Yordanova, Slavi and Angelo Dimchevi, Daniela, Dimcho and Slavcho Vassilevi, Romane Cherchenya Orchestra, Gypsy music orchestra
Angelo Malikov, conductor
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FOLK DANCES FROM NORTH BULGARIA - Janko SHELYAZKOV, accordion

FOLK DANCES FROM NORTH BULGARIA - Janko SHELYAZKOV, accordion
ID: GD268
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Folk Music

North Bulgaria has a fascinating folk music, which has been influenced by the neighbouring folk regions and the local culture. Pure folk elements from neighbouring regions often "cross" the provisory boundaries and create curious interrelations with the local traditional culture. The recordings of accordionist Yanko Zhelyazkov included in this release serve as an eloquent illustration of these interrelations. Born in 1945, he comes from the village of Brest, Pleven District, situated by the Danube River. His interest for the accordion was inherited from his father and his uncle, who were both famous accordionists. The greater part of his professional experience (of over 40 years) is connected with the Severnyashki (Northern) Ensemble for Folk Songs and Dances - Pleven. Along with his work in the ensemble, he dedicates a great part of his time and efforts to working with amateur choirs and orchestras. This helps him enrich his own repertoire with interesting songs and instrumental melodies from his native region. The release includes his most remarkable recordings of horo dances and rachenitsa, characteristic of North Bulgaria.
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VESSELIN STANEV - PIANO

VESSELIN STANEV - PIANO
ID: GD274
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

When Vesselin Stanev gave a recital in the Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire in 2000, the Russian press reviews exclaimed in enthusiasm: "… Remember the name of Vesselin Stanev, he will amaze us in the years to come." (Valentina Torbina, Evening Club, 2000). This review is significant, as the pianist was prizewinner of the P. I. Tchaikovsky International Competition (1982) and a student in Prof. Dmitry Bachkirov's class (1983-1988) at the Moscow Conservatory. The citizens of Moscow also first witnessed the beginning of his career. In the following 12 years Vesselin Stanev specialized with Alexis Weisenberg in Paris and played at a number of prestigious international festivals. He was also soloist at concerts with prominent orchestras like the Bamberg Symphonic Orchestra under Armin Jordan, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo, the Lille Symphony Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of Paris, etc. He has given successful recitals in most of the important European musical centres and has toured in Japan. He is also a regular participant in Bulgaria's festivals: Varna Summer, Sofia Music Weeks, Apollonia.
Gega New has released up to now three CDs of Vesselin Stanev (GD 111, GD 219, GD 241).
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ILDEBRANDO PIZZETTI

ILDEBRANDO PIZZETTI
ID: GD275
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano and Cello

The famous Italian composer, conductor, critic and pedagogue Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880-1968) is almost unknown in Bulgaria. He worked as a conductor in Parma, Florence and was Director of the Milan Conservatoire and teacher in composition at the St. Cecilia Academy in Rome. He was also a music critic for leading newspapers and wrote essays for various specialised books and magazines. Parallel to that he wrote a number of works in different genres - operas, ballets, oratorios, symphonies, a wide range of chamber music, choral music and film music. The compositions included in the present programme of Seeli Toivio and Ivo Varbanov were written during the 1920s. This release is the world premiere of both these works.
Seeli Toivio was born in Finland. She studied in Helsinki, Budapest and London with well-known teachers. She has taken part in masterclasses with Gary Hoffmann, William Pleeth, Steven Isserlis, Steven Doane, Zara Nelsova, and Ralph Kirshbaum. She won 1st prize in BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of the Year 1997, and 1st place with a special prize in duo with Ivo Varbanov at the 25th International Chamber Music Competition - Finale Ligure (Italy), in 1998. During 2003-2004 she was invited to perform in Russia, Japan, Germany, Estonia, and Finland.
Ivo Varbanov was born in Bulgaria and studied in Milan and London with Ylonka Deckers, Sulamita Aronowsky, Frank Wibaut and Dennis Lee. He has participated in masterclasses with Lev Naumov, Alexander Lonquich, Barry Douglas, Jean-Bernard Pommier, and Peter Katin. He was winner of 1st place, and a special prize in cello/piano duo with the cellist Seeli Toivio at the 25th International Chamber Music Competition Finale Ligure (Italy) in 1998. Mr. Varbanov has travelled widely, playing concertos and giving recitals and chamber music concerts in Bulgaria, Italy, the UK, France, Ireland, Germany, Holland, Poland, Russia, and the USA. His first CD of piano works by Mussorgsky was also released by Gega New (GD 117).
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MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN BULGARIA - Demko Kurtov's ZOURNA GROUP

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN BULGARIA - Demko Kurtov's ZOURNA GROUP
ID: GD276
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Folk Music

Bulgarian musical folk tradition includes a variety of musical instruments. The different folk regions feature various instruments and this is especially evident in recent times, when part of them have been replaced with the so-called 'modern' instruments. Along with the old ones, these modern instruments have already become part of the Bulgarian musical folklore. The wide variety of instruments used has inspired GEGA NEW to begin releasing the series called MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN BULGARIA. Each release of the series will present a separate instrument. The first programme features the tambura (GD 278), and the present second album is dedicated to the zurna. The zurna, a wooden whistle with cane reed and oboe-like sound, is among the most colourful wind instruments in traditional Bulgarian music. In the past, the zurna instrument was used throughout Bulgaria, but today this tradition has been preserved in Southwest Bulgaria only. Some performers, descendants of folk musicians, still sustain the zurna tradition in these regions. One of the most outstanding representatives is the Kurtov family from the village of Kavrakirovo, Petrich municipality. Just as the founder of the Kurtov musical family, Kurta Demo Limanov, his followers Ismail, Shein, Demko, Selim, Asen and others, carry the tradition of the family and preserve the characteristic Petrich style of performance. Demko Kurtov's Zurna Group is the most active of them. Besides him, it includes his son Samir (Krassimir), his brother-in-law Lyuben Fetov, and his nephew Ognyan Fetov. Incredible virtuoso players, they demonstrate in a convincing way the possibilities of the zurna instrument. The programme contains 16 instrumental performances of Bulgarian traditional music, recorded especially for this release.

Demko (Demir) Kurtov - zurna, master, Samir (Krassimir) Kurtov - zurna, master, drone, Lyuben Fetov - zurna, drone, Yordan Dimov - tupan, Ognyan Fetov - tupan

Recorded at Gotse Delchev Public Culture Club, village of Karnalovo, Sofia district, 30 October 2001
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MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN BULGARIA - Rumen SIRAKOV, tambura

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN BULGARIA - Rumen SIRAKOV, tambura
ID: GD278
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Folk Music

This is the first programme of the series MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN BULGARIA that Gega New begins to release. It will feature all instruments used in Bulgarian folk practice (authentic as well as the so-called 'modern' ones). The present release presents the tambura. The instrument was carried to Bulgaria in the 7th century. It still exists in Asia (Uzbekistan, Tadjikistan, etc.) under various names and was widely-known on the Balkans by the name "bulgaria" ("bugaria"). The tambura was used in almost all parts of Bulgaria up to the end of the 20th century. Today it is characteristic mainly of the Pirin folk region, though it takes significant part in the ensembles and instrumental groups as an accompanying folk instrument, especially during the second part of the 20th century, when the characteristic tambura performing style was formed.
The musician who proved that the tambura is of equal worth with the other folk instruments is Rumen Sirakov. Being the son of the famous folk singer Pavel Sirakov, it was natural that Rumen should begin to play folk music: first he started playing the whistle, then the trumpet and the clarinet. Simultaneously, he graduated from the school of classical guitar and this provoked his interest to the tambura, making him the best performer of this instrument. At 17 he began playing in the Bulgarian National Radio Folk Songs Ensemble. Then, together with the prominent kaval-player Stoyan Velichkov and the gadulka-player Mihail Marinov, founded the Trakiiska Troika. He has made a number of recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio, given concerts throughout Bulgaria, in England, the USA, Australia, etc. He also worked with Trio Bulgarka, Cate Bush, and had personal artistic contacts with George Harrison and Eric Clapton, the world-known guitarist. Rumen Sirakov's art has been highly appreciated at prestigious international forums. His teaching career is also of great significance and his students are among the best tambura-players. Recently, he marked the 40th anniversary of his creative activity. His contribution as a performer and founder of the Bulgarian school of tambura performance is undeniable. For this reason Gega New begins the musical instruments series with such a renowned and original musician.


Accompanied by an orchestra
Conductors: Kosta Kolev, Emil Kolev, Ivan Shibilev, Hristofor Radanov, Dobrin Panayotov
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PETAR RALCHEV

PETAR RALCHEV
ID: GD282
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Folk Music

Petar Ralchev is a a remarkable virtuoso not only in the sphere of folk music but also of classical music. While still a student, he was awarded the first prize at the Young Musicians Competition in Chirpan, Bulgaria, and later on received the special award at the International Competition in Klingental, Germany. Together with the violinist Georgi Yanev he founded the Orpheus Orchestra. He takes part in various orchestras and projects performing with almost all leading folk and jazz musicians (Ivo Papazov, Delcho Mitov, Stoyan Yankulov, among others). Audiences throughout Europe and North America have admired Mr. Ralchev's performing and he was included in the History of Accordion, published in France in 1991 by Francois Billard and Didier Roussin. So far Petar Ralchev has released 9 albums, both solo and in co-work with other prominent musicians. The new CD (his 10th in number) includes brilliant renditions of folk music from Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania and France.
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SERGEI RACHMANINOV - ROLAND DEGOUMOIS, piano

SERGEI RACHMANINOV - ROLAND DEGOUMOIS, piano
ID: GR84
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

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S. IVANOV, piano - Vers la flamme: DEBUSSY, BERG, SCHOENBERG, SCRIABIN

S. IVANOV, piano - Vers la flamme: DEBUSSY, BERG, SCHOENBERG,  SCRIABIN
ID: GD322
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

Svetozar Ivanov presents an interesting program with music from the beginning of the 20th century - works by the French impressionist Debussy, the Austrian composers Berg and Schoenberg and the Russian mystic Scriabin. The compilation of works is a real challenge for every performer, and the pianist fulfils his task in the most brilliant way.
Svetozar Ivanov was born in Bulgaria. He is a graduate of the Bulgarian National Conservatory and holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Michigan. Currently Svetozar Ivanov is a piano professor at University of South Florida and serves on the Artist Faculty at Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont and as Artistic Director of the Steinway Piano Series in Florida. He has served as a Jury member at the Konzerteum International Piano Competition in Greece, the Seiler International Piano Competitions in Crete, and the International Youth Music Festival and Competition in Bulgaria. He has made numerous appearances as recitalist and orchestra soloist in Europe and North America. Recent venues include the Festival Peter the Great in the Netherlands, Robert Helps International Festival at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, Fox River Chamber Music Festival in Wisconsin, Chautauqua Music Festival in New York, Sequoia Concerts in San Francisco, The Steinway Series and the Encore Series in Florida and numerous concert series at universities throughout the USA.
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