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GUITAR IMPRESSIONS - Bernard Hebb, guitar, Finn Svit, guitar

GUITAR IMPRESSIONS - Bernard Hebb, guitar, Finn Svit, guitar
ID: GD214
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Guitar Music

Although a rare phenomenon in concert practice, the performance of two guitars is fascinating and pleasant to listen to. The CD includes works both adapted and especially written for two guitars.
Bernard Hebb (USA) is a guitarist of world fame, enjoying an active concert-giving and teaching career. Student of Francis la Pierre, USA, and Prof. Karl Scheit, Austria, he has contributed a lot to making the guitar a popular classical music instrument. He has recorded for various radio stations and music publishing companies.
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JEAN-MARIE LECLAIR - Six sonatas for Two Violas, Op.12 - Dimitar Penkov & Johannes Flieder

JEAN-MARIE LECLAIR - Six sonatas for Two Violas, Op.12 - Dimitar Penkov & Johannes Flieder
ID: GD212
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Viola

The CD includes the sonatas for two violas by the French composer Jean-Marie Leclair. It reveals the wealth and the unique beauty of the viola art from the age of the French Classicism. As it happened often during this period, Leclair began his artistic career as a ballet-dancer in France and Italy. Simultaneously with the dance he practised the violin and became a famous violinist, member of the Royal String Orchestra and author of a number of compositions for stringed instruments. The recorded 6 sonatas were created in the late 1740s in Paris. They are magnificent works which give a right idea of the development of the performing art of the above-mentioned period and impress with their melodic inventiveness and virtuosity. Composed as a three- or four-movement sonata cycle, they combine features of the Baroque polyphonic way of thinking with exquisite interweaving of the voices and distinctly expressed harmonic texture. The specific steadiness and contrast, characteristic of the Classicism, have a particularly great emotional impact on the audience. The music radiates calmness and attracts not only with its melodiousness but with its elegance too. The performance of the violists Johannes Flieder (violist-soloist since 1980 of the Viennese symphonic orchestra) and the Bulgarian Dimitar Penkov (who in 1983 settled in Hannover and gives concerts throughout Europe) without doubt is an example for interpreting this kind of music. The two musicians play on splendid instruments made by great masters. Violists of highest level, Flieder and Penkov have penetrated deep into the style and content of the compositions. They achieve complete creative synchrony and lead their parts skillfully transforming them into garlands of melodies, which radiate a true esthetic pleasure.
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THE ROMANTIC VIOLIN - Sergiu SCHWARTZ, violin - Ruzhka CHARAKCHIEVA, piano

THE ROMANTIC VIOLIN - Sergiu SCHWARTZ, violin - Ruzhka CHARAKCHIEVA, piano
ID: GD211
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

The Bulgarian public already knows the violinist Sergiu Schwartz and a number of young violinists have received priceless advice during his master classes. Mr. Schwartz was born in Romania but now lives in Florida, USA. He is a pupil of the Bucharest School of Music, of Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv, of Guildhall School of Music in London and Juilliard School in New York, and is one of the most successful violinists, invited to perform with the most famous orchestras and at prestigious festivals. In this recording he plays on the ex Wilhelmi Lorenzo Storioni violin, made in Cremona in 1780. The idea to bring together some of the most loved both by the public and the performers compositions for violin from the 19th century is accomplished masterly by Sergiu Schwartz and Ruzhka Charakchieva who form a magnificent ensemble. Especially strong is their interpretation of the big sonatas by Brahms - No. 3 in D minor, and by Cesar Franck - in A major, which are basic for every well-known violinist. Dominating in them are the style and the mastered emotion, typical for these composers. At the same time there is a feeling of stability and getting deep to the heart of the message of these works. Sergiu Schwartz has a very beautiful, warm, expressive tone, whose vibrations are in harmony with the emotional content of the performed music. In each virtuoso piece, Schwartz and Charaktchieva emphasize the diversity of ideas and the strength of their personalities as musicians, perfectly synchronized in this programme.


Sergiu Schwartz, violin, Ruzhka Charakchieva, piano
Recorded in Bulgaria Concert Hall, June 1999
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"NANOUK L'ESQUIMAU" & "DRACULA" - Music Chrstian Leroy - Metarythmes de I'air

"NANOUK L'ESQUIMAU" & "DRACULA" - Music Chrstian Leroy - Metarythmes de I'air
ID: GD205
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Film Music

This release demonstrates a tendency toward including ever more spheres of the musical art in the company's catalogue. It presents music by Christian Leroy (b.1952), the Belgian composer and founder of the famous trio Metarythmes de l'air. Later it was transformed into a quintet in which besides Christian Leroy participate Philippe Saucez, Jose Bedeur, and Jeannot Gillis. The ensemble became famous for its international performances and its spirit for experimenting. Leroy is well known as author of the music for modern synthetic shows and is sought after by eminent poets, painters and directors. His music for the film Nanouk L'Esquimau (shot in 1921) through the skillful use of the quintet renders the atmosphere and the nature of the extreme North. Leroy has an amazing insight for sound, which he treats like expression of colours, and for combinations of sounds, radiating certain impressions (morning in the North, the sun shining in the eyes of the Eskimo children, etc.). Both with Nanouk l'Esquimau and Dracula (shot in 1931) Leroy revives the tradition to make the sound-track on live, to illustrate feelings and conditions through music and in this way sends us back to the age of the silent movie and the light music. In fact Dracula (directed by Tod Browning) is the first of a series of pictures on this topic. The fragments recorded on the CD give an idea about the mastership of Leroy and the performers in the genre of film music.

Metarythmes de l'air: Christian Leroy (piano, percussions, synthesizers), Philippe Sauces (clarinets), Jose Bedeur (double-bass), Jeannot Gillis (violin)
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NIKOLAI KAUFMANN - COMPOSITIONS

NIKOLAI KAUFMANN - COMPOSITIONS
ID: GD191
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Folk Music

Nikolai Kaufmann is not only among the most adept Bulgarian musical scholars, a folklorist who has dedicated his life to the preservation, classification, tracing down and popularising the enormous national legacy, but also a composer who has created hundreds of songs - choral, solo, folk-song arrangements, as well as chamber-instrumental works. The CD presents Kaufmann's multi-faced talent with a varied selection of his works. Together with the Three dances (for piano) from "Anthology of Bulgarian Rhythms" and the Dilmano, Dilbero Variations for Piano, one can also hear two pieces for flute and piano, all of them based on Bulgarian metres and rhythms. The release also includes Kaufmann's arrangements of Sephardic and Ashkenazi songs from the Balkans, masterfully re-created by the author as splendid pieces. Folk-music lovers will relish the folk songs from different regions in Bulgaria.

Performing artists: Radka Aleksova, Yanka Rupkina, Kalinka Vulcheva, Maria Kaufmann (flute), Evgenia Simeonova (piano), Lyubomir Dyakovski, Yildiz Ibrahimova, Siika Zdravkova, Ginka Georgieva, Ruzhka Charakchieva (piano)
Bulgarian National Radio Folk Choir, Severnyashki Folk Ensemble - Pleven, Polyphonia Ladies' Choir, Vassil Arnaudov Ladies' Choir, Alteratsia Mixed Choir, Thracian Folk Ensemble - Yambol
Conductors: Lyudmila Gerova, Dora Hristova, Krassimir Kyurkchiiski, Ivan Vulev, Ivelin Dimitrov, Irina Shtiglich, Maria Markusheva, Kiril Todorov, Iliana Ilieva
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EMILE NAOUMOFF, piano - Live in Paris

EMILE NAOUMOFF, piano - Live in Paris
ID: GD184
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

Pianist and composer, Emile Naoumoff started his concert career at an early age. The child-prodigy demonstrated his great talent and maturity not only as a performer but also with his very first attempts in composing. His musical formation took place in Paris, where he began his studies at the beginning of the 1970s. Mr. Naoumoff graduated from the Paris Conservatoire as a pupil of Nadia Boulanger, one of the greatest ladies in world music. Later his performing and creative careers developed in parallel. This CD includes Mr. Naumoff's piano transcription of Tchaikovsky's overture-fantasy Romeo and Juliet. The complete programme - recorded live at a concert in Paris - presents the pianist as a master of sound-production, a musician of keen sensitivity and brilliant technique in outlining the essential features of the styles of the four Russian composers.
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EMIL IVANOV, tenor - PUCCINI - GIORDANO - PONCHIELLI - MEYERBEER - LEONCAVALLO

EMIL IVANOV, tenor - PUCCINI - GIORDANO - PONCHIELLI - MEYERBEER - LEONCAVALLO
ID: GD190
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

Emil Ivanov has long become a famous name among the world tenor elite. He began his career in the Sofia National Opera to join soon after that the cast of the Vienna Staatsoper, on whose bill he is currently present. Vienna, on its part, was his launching board to the greatest opera stages and festivals in Europe and the United States, where he sang many times at the Metropolitan. Emil Ivanov enchants the audience with his sound, voluminous tenor, with his brilliant pitches and beautiful timbre. He is an artist of varied repertoire including mainly parts of 19th century operas by Verdi, Meyerbeer, Massenet, Bizet. Most outstanding among his performances are these from "veristic" works by Puccini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Giordano. For this CD the singer has chosen mainly arias which express in the best manner his musical, vocal and emotional nature.

Svetoslav Obretenov Bulgarian National Philharmonic Choir
Sofia Symphony Orchestra
Stefan Linev, conductor
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FINN SVIT & FRIENDS

FINN SVIT & FRIENDS
ID: GD185
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Guitar Music

Performing artists: Finn Svit (guitar), Jochen Brusch (violin), Mette Tjæreby (violin), Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen (organ), Kalli Kastori (guitar), Bernd Ahlert (guitar), Logumkloster Chamber Orchestra, Petko Genkov (guitar), Bernard Hebb (guitar), "Trio Excelsa" - Jan Thomsen, Per Weile Bak, Finn Svit

This CD is yet another contribution to popularizing guitar works, which was begun by Gega New and Finn Svit in their previous three releases: Treasures for Violin and Guitar (GD 221), More Treasures for Violin and Guitar (GD 222), and Guitar Impressions (GD 214)
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YASSEN VODENITCHAROV - Compositions

YASSEN VODENITCHAROV - Compositions
ID: GD345
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Orchestra

In 1999 Gega New released an album with works by young Bulgarian composers (GD 253). It included Two Bagatelles for Piano, Clarinet and Percussions by Yassen Vodenitcharov. Even then he demonstrated his affinity for originally chosen instruments.
The pieces in the present CD of the composer are written for various instruments and voice combinations: soprano-saxophone, violin, clarinet and piano, flute orchestra, or mezzo-soprano with string, harp, piano (celesta) and percussion. The solo works are for harpsichord and soprano-saxophone. The selection of instruments renders a specific sound colour to the works and emphasizes the author's conception. The pieces are performed by renowned musicians from France, the USA, Canada and Bulgaria.
Yassen Vodenitcharov was born in Burgas, Bulgaria, in 1964. He is a graduate of the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music in Sofia and Paris National Conservatory (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris). His teachers were Prof. Dimitar Tapkoff and Paul Méfano. Doctor of music, he is also a graduate of the IRCAM Institute in Paris, where he studied Music and Musicology of the 20th Century. He lives in Paris, but his works have been performed all over Europe, as well as in the USA, Canada, Japan and South America. He is the recipient of numerous awards, the Grand Prix at the 10th Tokyo Contemporary Music Composition Competition. He is also laureate of the Beaumarchais Competition for his chamber opera “The Talking Tree”, which was performed in the Studio Theatre of Comédie-Française in 2000 in Paris. In 2005 he received First Price of the jury and the audience at the Bruno Maderna Competition in Wuerzburg (Geramany).

Performed by: Orchestre de Flûtes Français, Susan Fancher - soprano-saxophone, Johanne Morin - violin, David Veilleux - clarinet, André Ristic - piano, Céline Joly - harpsichord, Sylvain Malézyeux, soprano-saxophone, Rozalina Kassabova-Kushinchanova - mezzo-soprano, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductors: Yves Prin, Grigor Palikarov
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JOSEPH HAYDN - Die sieben letzten - Worte unsers - erlosers am Kreuze - ANIMATO Mixed Choir

JOSEPH HAYDN - Die sieben letzten - Worte unsers - erlosers am Kreuze - ANIMATO Mixed Choir
ID: GD128
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Sacred Music
Subcollection: Choir

Recorded live in Bulgaria Concert Hall, Sofia, April 14, 1998

The CD offers to cult-music lovers a gem from the work of Joseph HAYDN, popular mainly for his symphonies, concertos and two oratorios. The great Austrian has been connected with sacred music since childhood as choir-member and soloist of the famous boys' choir of the St. Stephen Cathedral in Vienna in the course of ten years. Among his numerous religious compositions was the orchestral work, commissioned for the consecration of the church in Cadiz, Spain, and later revised into a vocal-instrumental opus for soloists, choir and orchestra. It is for this reason that its separate parts bear purely instrumental names, "Sonata". Each of them begins with the Saviour's words on the cross. The work ends with the brief yet shattering Terremoto, depicting the earthquake after Christ's death. The recording was made under the baton of French conductor Guy CONDETTE, Music Director of the Limoges Opera Theatre and Philharmonic who has toured with most famous French, German, Austrian, Italian, Spanish, etc. orchestras and opera theatres.
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