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MLADEN KOYNAROV - Voice of the Rhodopes

MLADEN KOYNAROV - Voice of the Rhodopes
ID: GD321
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Folk Music

The Rhodope Mountains has been the birth place of many Bulgarian singers and musicians. The specific songs of the region and the unusual pentatonic, which are not characteristic for other folk regions in the country, as well as the typical kaba (low-tone) gaida make the music of the Rhodopes a unique sound palette. Mladen Koynarov’s songs introduce an additional richness to its colours.
Born in the heart of the Rhodope Mountains, in the village of Oryahovets in the Smolyan district, Mladen Koynarov began his artistic career as a soloist in a concert group (1966), and in 1970 he won a position in the “Rhodopa” State Ensemble for Folk Songs and Dances in Smolyan. To this day he is a soloist with this ensemble.
He has personally uncovered and learned over 350 folk songs of the central Rhodopes, some of which were released on LPs. He has also recorded over 70 songs for Bulgarian National Radio and participated on more than 140 television programs. In 1978 he received the second prize in the Prix de Folklore competition of Radio Bratislava, and he is also the recipient of the Silver Lyre (1995) and Golden Lyre (1998) awards of the Union of Bulgarian Music and Dance Professionals.
The singer passes his experience and skill on to the young people. In 2000 he founded a school for folk singing in Smolayn. His students are laureates of regional and national competitions and festivals.

Accompanied by Georgi Mussorliev - gaida, Peter Yanev - gaida, orchestra of the Rhodopa Folk Songs and Dances Ensemble - Smolyan, Bulgarian National Radio Folk Music Orchestra
Conductors: Lazarin Kisyov, Dobrin Panayotov, Ivan Topalov, Kosta Kolev
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BÉLA BARTÓK - Sonatas and Rhasodies for Violin and Piano - G. Valtchev, violin - L.Tchekoratova, piano

BÉLA BARTÓK - Sonatas and Rhasodies for Violin and Piano - G. Valtchev, violin - L.Tchekoratova, piano
ID: GD320
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

The young performers Georgy Valtchev and Lora Tchekoratova present an interesting programme with works by Bartok.
Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Georgy Valtchev studied the violin under Boyanka Shopova, Vladimir Vladigerov, Mitcho Dimitrov and Prof. Dora Ivanova. In the United States he continues his studies at the Julliard School as a student of Dorothy Delay and Masao Kawasaki. He achieved his first international success at age sixteen when he won the Grand Prize of the "Kocian" International Violin Competition in then Czechoslovakia. He has been honoured with a number of awards, among them the First Prize of the Ducrest International Competition in Lafayette, Louisiana, and the Special Prize of the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Switzerland.
Lora Tchekoratova began her piano studies in Sofia as a pupil of the legendary piano pedagogue Lydia Kuteva. Later she studied with Vessela Marinova and Prof. Jenny Zaharieva. In 1992, she moved to the United States and become the first Bulgarian musician to hold a Doctorate from Juilliard as a student of Seymour Lipkin. She won numerous awards at international competitions, including the first prize of the 1996 Washington International Competition for Pianists. Her solo debut was at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Although they perform as soloists on their own, Lora Tchekoratova and Georgy Valtchev often appear together in performances in the USA and in many countries throughout Europe and Asia. Along with the traditional repertoire for violin and piano, they also perform works by 20th century composers.

Recorded at Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York in December 2006 and January 2007
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YANA BUROVA, violin - VESSELINA TCHAKAROVA, piano - VLADIGEROV - HADJIEV - STOTANOV

YANA BUROVA, violin - VESSELINA TCHAKAROVA, piano - VLADIGEROV - HADJIEV - STOTANOV
ID: GD319
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Violin

Two young and talented Bulgarian performers have chosen for their first album released in Bulgaria a program, which includes Bulgarian authors only. The composers Pancho Vladigerov, Parashkev Hadjiev and Vesselin Stoyanov are among the classics of Bulgarian musical heritage. Their works are much admired by music lovers, and performers often include them in their repertoire. A lot of courage is required for a young performer to record them, as they have been performed and recorded by the greatest Bulgarian musicians, and appreciators of the three composers are well-acquainted with the various interpretations of these works. The violinist Yana Burova and the pianist Vesselina Tckakarova answer this challenge in an amazing way.
Yana Burova and Vesselina Tchakarova studied at secondary music schools in Varna and Sofia, respectively, and after that furthered their education at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. In 2002 Yana Burova completed her studies as a scholarship student of the Bulgarian virtuoso Vasko Vassilev at London’s Trinity College of Music. In 2001 Vesselina Tchakarova made her London solo recital debut. The following year she appeared as soloist with Vox Aurae orchestra in Brescia, Italy under Giancarlo De Lorenzo.
Yana Burova has attended master classes of Mincho Minchev, Georgy Pauk and Maxim Vengerov, and Vesselina Tchakarova has participated in master classes with Leslie Howard, Paul Roberts and Joan Havill. Presently, both live in the UK.
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LISZT - SCRIABIN - PROKOFIEV - Pavlina DOKOVSKA - Vladimir GHIAUROV

LISZT - SCRIABIN - PROKOFIEV - Pavlina DOKOVSKA - Vladimir GHIAUROV
ID: GD318
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

The interesting selection of three emblematic works for piano and orchestra on this CD is performed to perfection by the brilliant pianist Pavlina Dokovska, the distinguished conductor Vladimir Ghiaurov and the musicians of the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Pavlina Dokovska is well-known among music lovers. She received her musical education in Bulgaria where she studied with Lydia Kuteva and graduated from the Music Academy of Sofia as a student of Julia and Konstantin Ganev. After further studies with Ivonne Lefebure in Paris, she completed her Master of Music Degree at the Juilliard School in New York as a student of Beveridge Webster. She is a First Prize winner of the Claude Debussy International Competition in France and Italy’s International Piano Competition of Senigallia. Her concert tours have taken her to Europe, the Far East and throughout the United States. She has worked with renowned orchestras and conductors, given recitals in famous concert halls, participated in festivals, recorded for major recording and music publishing companies… She combines her extensive concert-giving activity with a teaching career in Mannes College of Music in New York. Known for her insightful and caring teaching methods which have produced many a competition winner, Ms. Dokovska was elected Chair of the Piano Department at the Mannes College of Music. In 1999 she founded and became artistic director of the annual Mannes Festival, which grew into a staple of New York’s musical life. She is also artistic director of the Southwest Virginia Festival for the Arts.
Vladimir Ghiaurov, son of the celebrated bass Nicolai Ghiaurov, has also had a very interesting career and his talent is greatly recognised in Europe and world-wide. He began his musical training as a pianist at the Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, Italy and continued his education in Austria at the Vienna Musik-Academie, where he studied conducting and composition. Mr. Ghiaurov made his conducting debut in Italy in 1980. Since then he has been invited by Opera Houses and Orchestras in France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Bulgaria, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, Japan and Taiwan. He was guest conductor at the Vienna State Opera, Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre, Berlin's Konzerthaus, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, Sofia Opera, the opera theatre in Dublin, Ireland. For almost ten years he served as a principal conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He has collaborated with many prominent artists such as: Jorg Demus, Aldo Ciccolini, Viktor Tretiakov, Juri Boukoff, Mirella Freni, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Ghena Dimitrova, Giorgio Zancanaro, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Ruggiero Raimondi, Carlo Colombara.
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BULGARIAN FOLK HERITAGE - KOSTA KOLEV, accordion

BULGARIAN FOLK HERITAGE - KOSTA KOLEV, accordion
ID: GD317
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Folk Music

The name of Kosta Kolev (b. 1921) is emblematic of Bulgarian folk music!
He is brilliant in all three fields he engages in - as an accordionist, composer and conductor. Bulgarian traditional culture wouldn’t have been the same today without his unique arrangements and original works, his brilliant accordion performances and his wide scope of conducting work. Being brought up in a family of folk musicians, he started playing music at a very early age. Besides mastering the accordion, Kosta Kolev also plays almost all wind instruments. This has helped him a lot in his work as a composer.
His concerts as an accordionist throughout Bulgaria are legendary. He worked with all famous performers in the past: Atanaska Todorova, Gyurgya Pindzhurova, Boris Mashalov, Mita Stoycheva and many others. The concerts they gave always turned into real festivities!
In 1949 Kosta Kolev started working at Radio Sofia as a director of a folk orchestra. He wrote down songs in notes, arranged folk songs and tunes, accompanied live performances. In 1954 he took up the leadership of the orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio Folk Songs Ensemble and soon it became a leading ensemble in Bulgaria. Kosta Kolev continuously noted down songs, arranged folk music, composed pieces, taught the musicians how to read music, introduced new instruments in the orchestra, made innovations in the gadulka playing…
Many folk artists’ first successful performances are due to his help. All singers and musicians have at least one arranged piece by Kosta Kolev in their repertoire. He is still sought after by the orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio and by many performers and ensembles.
Kosta Kolev has registered and wrote down in notes over 10 000 folk songs and tunes. He has arranged and written more than 6 000 songs and pieces, taken part in over 5 000 concerts in Bulgaria and throughout the world, and captivated the audience in Romania, Germany, France, Egypt, Austria, Italy, Switzerland…
Kosta Kolev is a model of a musician with a classical music education (he graduated the Bulgarian Academy of Music under Prof. Georgi Dimitrov and Prof. Parashkev Hadjiev), who has remained true to his native origin and has brilliantly combined his knowledge and talent with the centuries-old experience of the folk tradition. He is a true inheritor of the best folk traditions!


Performed by: Kosta Kolev - accordion, Kostadin Gugov, Yanka Rupkina, Bulgarian National Radio Folk Songs Ensemble, Kostadin Varimezov - gaida, Kaicho Kamenov, Nedyalka Keranova, Trakia Enesemble - Plovdiv, Stoyan Velichkov - kaval, Boris Mashalov, Elena Bozhkova, Bulgarian National Radio Folk Music Orchestra, Maria Leshkova, Boris Karlov - accordion, Verka Siderova, Roza Tsvetkova, Nikola Ganchev - kaval
Accompanied by an orchestra and the Bulgarian National Radio Folk Music Orchestra
Conductors: Kosta Kolev, Tsvetan Tsvetkov, Dobrin Panayotov, Dimitar Dinev
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VESSELIN STANEV, piano - CHOPIN - RAVEL - RACHMANINOV

VESSELIN STANEV, piano - CHOPIN - RAVEL - RACHMANINOV
ID: GD219
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

Recorded in Bulgaria Concert Hall, Sofia, January 2000

The second CD of the pianist Vesselin Stanev presents him as an excellent interpreter of music by Chopin, Ravel and Rachmaninov. Vesselin Stanev has chosen works of the highest pianistic class and proves again his exceptional talent. He has been student of Dmitriy Bachkirov, a celebrated representatives of the Russian keyboard school, and later continued perfecting his skills with the well-known Alexis Weissenberg. Stanev is holder of several prestigious prizes in international competitions. He enjoys an active concert-giving career in France, where he has been living for years, in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Moscow and Bulgaria. Musical critics rank him with the greatest pianists of the 20th century and continuously emphasize on his power, insight and temperament of performance. The performer's originality of ideas, form-construction and exceptional musicality are the characteristics that create the strongest impression in his interpretations. In addition, he possesses a well-mastered and appropriately used virtuosity, organically linked with the whole concept about the composition he perfroms. The magnificence of Chopin's 24 Preludes and Rachmaninov's Sonata No. 2 prove all the pianist's gifts. On the other hand, the richness of nuances and images, revealed with impressionistic finesse and fantasy in Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit, show him as a great master of the sound and a pianist who is capable of suggesting emotions, ideas, psychological states and romantic elеgance, and who controls in details all the subtleties of his instrument.
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DIMITAR TAPKOFF - COMPOSITIONS

DIMITAR TAPKOFF - COMPOSITIONS
ID: GD218
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

Dimitar Tapkoff was born in Sofia in 1929. He graduated in composition under the great Bulgarian composer Marin Goleminov. He has worked in succession in the Bulgarian National Radio, Sofia National Opera, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the State Academy of Music, the Ministry of Culture. Currently he is Professor in composition at the Academy of Music and Dance Art in Plovdiv, and Director of the Sofia Music Weeks International Music Festival.
Tapkoff began writing music when the post-war avant-guard was fully embraced by a part of the Bulgarian composers, while others supported the national art, and still others followed the traditions of classical "modern". He is closest to the third group and admits that: "I would not say that I am a champion of a modern concept about music. I claim that I stand behind a music concept of my own, no matter what the fashionable trends are." He has always stressed on the possibility to use well-known structures and forms, at the same time incorporating music, which is close to the contemporary listener. His works have often been performed in Bulgaria and abroad. Tapkoff is holder of a number of home and international distinctions, among which the First Prize of the International Composer's Rostrum in Paris '76 for his Peace Cantata. He has composed works in different genres: concertos, overtures, symphonies, solo and choir songs, etc.

Soloists: Alexandrina Milcheva (soprano), Marin Valtchanov (bassoon), Anatoli Krastev (violoncello), Rossen Idealov (clarinet)
Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra & Children's Choir, Vassil Stefanov, conductor
Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble, Plamen Djouroff, conductor
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BREVIS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA - PLEVEN SCHOOL OF MUSIC - Plamen Markov, conductor

BREVIS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA - PLEVEN SCHOOL OF MUSIC - Plamen Markov, conductor
ID: GD217
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Orchestra

This is the first CD ever made in Bulgaria containing performances by a school ensemble. The recordings of Brevis Chamber Orchestra feature compositions exceptionally various in terms of difficulty, problems and character. Evidently the highly professional and experienced musical formation and their conductor Plamen Markov have worked selflessly and with much devotion and love to achieve such impressive interpretations of Vivaldi, Bach, Schumann. Mr. Markov has arranged with taste the programme, which also includes Bulgarian miniatures for chamber orchestra by Marin Goleminov, Peter Hristoskov, Krassimir Kyurkchiiski and the young Krassimir Kostov, graduate from the Pleven School of Music. Every chamber-music lover will find in the CD his or her preferred composers and compositions, performed flawlessly and with deep-felt emotion.

Soloists: Gergana Gergova (violin), Tsvetomir Tsankov (violin), Svetoslav Stoyanov (xylophone), Georgi Varbanov (tambourine)
Plamen Markov, conductor

Recorded during a concert on June 23, 1998 at Varna Art Gallery, city of Varna
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OUT OF DOORS - BARTOK - DEBUSSY - BRAHMS - Anna Stoytcheva, piano

OUT OF DOORS - BARTOK - DEBUSSY - BRAHMS - Anna Stoytcheva, piano
ID: GD216
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

The name of the programme comes from Bela Bartok's cycle of miniatures Out of Doors, performed by the young pianist Anna Stoytcheva (b. 1974). She began her piano studies in Bulgaria and after that received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees from the Juilliard School. Her international career started in 1991 when she became winner of the Ettore Pozzolo International Piano Competition in Italy. Her recognition in the USA began with the Ravel Concerto Piano Competition. Since then she has been characterized as an artist of strong individuality, remarkable sensitivity and a sense for the development and trends of music. Her interpretation of Debussy's Images places her among the pianists who have left their own mark in interpreting the composer's impressionistic visions. Anna Stoytcheva is inspired by the originality of Bartok's miniatures and she transforms every piano piece into an emotionally depicted picture with its specific colour. She plays the works with her characteristic temperament and
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GEORGI TUTEV - COMPOSITIONS

GEORGI TUTEV - COMPOSITIONS
ID: GD215
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Cello

The release features three of the most outstanding opuses of Georgi Tutev, a representative of Bulgaria 's music avant-garde. The composer wrote a relatively small number of opuses, mainly in the chamber-instrumental and symphonic genres. The years of work on almost every composition of his speak of mature consideration and precision, of logical coherence. In Tutev's music one finds artistic achievements worthy of respect, rather than mere experiments. The first piece on this CD, Metamorphoses for 13 Stringed Instruments belongs to the early period of his work, while Longing for the Lost Harmony presents the composer both as a musician and as a philosopher. Here he expressed in sounds his thoughts and feelings regarding music technique - in the perspective of the time that has passed from 18th c. classicism to the last decades of the 20th century, when the harmonic supports and rules that were once set by composers like Haydn and Mozart were finally rejected. Tutev's aim was to make a dialogue with that long-passed time and its aesthetics. His "longings" lead the listener to the spiritual world of the composer, who longs for the lost harmony between Man and Nature, between mankind itself. The composition of Calvinomuosaik is very original. This is one of the last pieces of Georgi Tutev. It was written on commission of the German Radio, Cologne and the composer's inspiration for writing it came from the novel "The Invisible Cities" by the Italian writer Italo Calvino.

Soloist: Kalina Krusteva, violoncello
Tolbouhin Chamber Orchestra, Mixed Formation, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductors: Yordan Dafov, Lubomir Denev
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