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BULGARIAN CHORAL ART - Vol. 3

BULGARIAN CHORAL ART - Vol. 3
ID: GD301
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Choral Collection
Subcollection: Choir

Bulgarian choral art is known the world over. On their tours abroad, Bulgarian choirs are always met with the approval of the audience. The third CD of the series BULGARIAN CHORAL ART features performances of choirs which are laureates of international competitions. These are studio and live recordings made within a period of 30 years, thus presenting a review of choral art development in Bulgaria. The program includes mainly 20th-century songs, composed chiefly by Bulgarian authors. Many of the pieces were written specially for the choir which performs them.
It is impossible to present in one release all choirs which have won awards at prestigious international competitions. This will continue in the next releases of the series, published with the assistance of the Bulgarian Choirs Union.
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MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN BULGARIA - Wind Orchestra

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN BULGARIA - Wind Orchestra
ID: GD299
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Brass Collection
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

After featuring the tambura, zourna and gaida instruments (GD 278, GD 276, GD 106), the series continues with presenting horos and ruchenitsa for wind orchestra. Having originated after the liberation of the Bulgarian people from the rule of the Ottoman Empire (1878), today they have become a necessary part of all festive celebrations in Bulgaria.
The intense development of music and performance art during the first years of independence in Bulgaria lead to the creation of professional symphonic, opera and chamber ensembles. Together with them the first military wind orchestras were formed. Their repertoire consists of marches, polkas, overtures, etc., as well as horo music and medleys of folk songs. A large number of composers at that time wrote folk-based music for wind orchestras. The most talented composer of such music was Diko Iliev. After his participation in the Balkan War and the First World War, he began composing horos, which are still being loved by the Bulgarian people. From 1931 Diko Iliev played the baritone in the newly-founded wind orchestra in Oryahovo and thus he put the beginning of one of his most intense periods of creative activity. Iliev had the happy fate to become an inseparable part of the Bulgarian urban musical folklore. After him other well-trained musicians continued this trend. Today the wind orchestra is an intrinsic part of the Bulgarian folk music culture.



Performed by: Wind Orchestra of Transport Troops, Wind Orchestra of Construction Troops Ensemble, Wind Orchestra of Railway Troops, Wind Orchestra
Conductors: Hristo Tonev, Dotso Vutkov, Hristofor Radanov, Nikolai Bratanov
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BULGARIAN FOLK HERITAGE - Srefan Kanev

BULGARIAN FOLK HERITAGE - Srefan Kanev
ID: GD298
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Folk Music

The new series in the Gega New label: BULGARIAN FOLK HERITAGE will present the most famous composers connected with arrangement of Bulgarian folk music. The first release of this series is dedicated to the 75th anniversary from the birth of Stefan Kanev - one of the most prominent authors, who created real masterpieces in this field.
Ever since he graduated the Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgarian musical folklore became his destiny for life. His classical music education and rich culture was imprinted on his unique style. He always impressed with the precision and elegance of the music that he created and his deep penetration into the essence of the folk melody and lyrics. His songs and melodies have been sung and played by the best performers from all folk regions in Bulgaria: Verka Siderova, Ilia Argirov, Kalinka Zgurova, Staika Gyokova, Yovcho Karaivanov, Stoyan Velichkov, Nikola Atanassov and many others. The present album bears the name of one of these songs - “Oi, Devoiche”, performed by Ilia Argirov - a song loved not only in the Pirin region, but also in the whole country. Stefan Kanev contributed a lot to the development of folk choirs, orchestras, and ensembles. All ensembles in Bulgaria have his works in their repertoire.

Performed by: Verka Siderova, Stoyan Velichkov (kaval), Folk Songs Ensemble Choir at the Bulgarian National Radio, Kalinka Zgurova, Ilia Argirov, Ruska Nedyalkova, Mihail Marinov (gadulka), Yovcho Karaivanov, Nadejda Hvoineva, Nikola Atanassov (gaida), Kalinka Vulcheva, Stoyanka Boneva, Zornitsa Trio, Lyubomir Vladimirov (tambura)
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40 Years Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble - TELEMANN - BRITTEN - SCHUBERT - MAHLER

40 Years Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble - TELEMANN - BRITTEN - SCHUBERT - MAHLER
ID: GD286
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

The programme is released in connection with the 40th anniversary of Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble. It presents three works from different epochs in music. These pieces are part of the large repertoire of the ensemble, which includes more than 400 works together with some Bulgarian composers (the album of Sofia Soloists - GD 273, as well as the compact discs GD 139, GD 160, and GD 218 released on the Gega New label include only Bulgarian authors). Founded in 1962, the ensemble quickly established itself as an elite musical formation. It has given more than 2500 concerts in Bulgaria and abroad and has a discography of over 60 releases for various music companies, Gega New included, regular television and radio broadcasts. The soloists participate in prestigious international festivals and have partnered world-renowned artists such as Henryk Szeryng, Heinz Hollinger, Daniil Shafran, Nicanor Zabaletta, Patrick Galois, Nigel Kennedy, and others. The ensemble also supports the development of many young Bulgarian musicians. Plamen Djouroff has been the conductor of Sofia Soloists since 1988. He is also Associate Professor in conducting at the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music. His compositions, including Fantasia, Elegy and Toccata, Oratorio-Requiem and others have been performed many times. He is director of the Boris Christoff International Festival for Young Opera Singers.
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Vassil Arnaudov and Sofia Chamber Choir - Bulgarian Composers

Vassil Arnaudov  and Sofia Chamber Choir - Bulgarian Composers
ID: GD284
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Choral Collection
Subcollection: Choir

The conductor Vassil Arnaudov is an example of high musical culture and mastership in the development of Bulgarian conductor art. Even today, 12 years after his death, we still remember his top achievements. During his creative art he visited many places in Bulgaria so as to help a lot of conductors and choirs. He passed his knowledge with deep love to his students, and a number of them have become famous choir conductors. His greatest achievement is with the Sofia Chamber Choir and the “Rodina” Choir in Rousse. Part of the magnificent performances of the Sofia Chamber Choir have been included in the present release, which is dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Vassil Arnaudov’s birth. The programme features Bulgarian composers, whom the conductor had a great respect for. His collaboration with different composers has often provoked the creation of works specially written for the Sofia Chamber Choir. Admirers of choral singing will find some of them in the present release.
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THE CONCERTMASTERS - MILA GEORGIEVA, violin

THE CONCERTMASTERS - MILA GEORGIEVA, violin
ID: GD283
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Violin

Bulgaria Concert Hall - Sofia, live recording

This is another CD of the series The Concertmasters, performed by famous Bulgarian musicians - concertmasters of leading orchestras. The recordings have been made at concerts, organised by Classic FM Radio. Music lovers already have the first CD of this series of the violinist Svetlin Roussev (GD 192). The present release features a live performance of another world-famous violin player - Mila Georgieva. Born into a family of musicians, Mila Georgieva began playing the violin at the age of four. In her pre-teen years she gained international fame by winning important prizes in competitions in Italy, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. Mila Georgieva studied with Dorothy De Lay and Cho-Liang Lin at the Juilliard School in New York and with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School in London. As soloist she has performed with renowned orchestras and conductors. She participates at summer festivals and gives solo concerts throughout the world, and since 2003-2004, Mila Georgieva has been the concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of Radio Stuttgart. The conductor Martin Panteleev was also born in Sofia and he also began his music education by studying the violin with Angelina Atanassova. In 1994 he completed masterclass with Prof. Yfrah Neaman in Mainz, Germany. In 1995 he entered the Pancho Vladigerov State Music Academy in Sofia and in 1997 he completed a masterclass in violin with Prof. Zachar Bron in Hamburg, Germany. In 1998 was appointed concertmaster and later assistant conductor of the Philharmonic of the Nations. He is equally successful both as a violinist and a conductor and gives concerts throughout Europe, Asia and the USA. Classic FM Radio Orchestra was founded in 2002. Since then it has attracted wide interest from concertgoers and critics. It was successful at a number of venues like the March Music Days International Festival in Rousse, the European Music Festival in Sofia, Varna Summer, at concerts in Bulgaria and abroad. In 2003 the orchestra received the most prestigious music award in Bulgaria - the Crystal Lyre, as well as the 2003 Musician of the Year award.
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ANATOLI KRASTEV, violoncello - 20th Cetury Bulgarian Music for Cello Solo

ANATOLI KRASTEV, violoncello - 20th Cetury Bulgarian Music for Cello Solo
ID: GD281
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Cello Collection
Subcollection: Cello

Gega New Music Company gives a special place in its catalogue to the works of Bulgarian composers. The most famous of them present on the Gega New label are: Pancho Vladigerov, Marin Goleminov, Simeon Pironkov, Dimitar Tapkoff, Lazar Nikolov, etc. Many of them create their works especially for some of Bulgaria's leading musicians. One of the artists preferred by many composers is the cello player Anatoli Krastev, who has an active concert-giving carrier and has been soloist of all Bulgarian and a number of European and American leading orchestras. He has made a great number of recordings in Bulgaria and abroad, and is also member of the jury of prestigious international festivals. Currently, he is Professor at the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music in Sofia and has directed master classes in the UK, France, Belgium, Greece, Brazil, etc. The release 20th Century Bulgarian Music for Cello Solo includes a part of the great number of works for cello solo written by Bulgarian composers of different generations. The CD is thus a kind of encyclopedia of styles, genres and ways of interpretation of the instrument, and also presents the development of the Bulgarian cello school.
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THE KAPELLE TRIO LIVE IN SOFIA

THE KAPELLE TRIO LIVE IN SOFIA
ID: GD277
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano and Cello

The Kapelle Trio came to Bulgaria for the first time in 1997. Founded in 1992, it is one of America's finest chamber ensembles. The musicians are teachers and leading performers and are famous not only in the USA, but also in Europe. Kevork Mardirossian was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and studied violin at the Bulgarian State Conservatory in Sofia. He continued his studies in Brussels with Grumieux and at the Guildhall School of Music in London with Yfrah Neaman. He was a former concertmaster of the Plovdiv Philharmonic and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. Currently he is Associate Professor of Violin at the Louisiana State University and Chairman of the String Department. Most recently he performed and gave master courses in Spain, Wales, England - London, the U.S. - San Francisco, and Bulgaria - Sofia.
Lee Phillips, a New Orleans native, studied at Louisiana State University and is presently on the faculty of the university. He specialized in Paris with Eric Heidsieck and in London with John Ogdon. He has been winner of many piano competitions in the United States and Europe and has performed in South America (Uruguay and Brazil), Japan, Great Britain, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain, etc.
Felice Magendanz Farrell received her early musical training on the piano, violin, and cello with her parents in Utica, New York. She continued her musical studies in Rome, Italy and received her Bachelor and Master Degrees of Music with the Performer's Certificate at Indiana University. She had performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and later she was solo cellist in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Presently, she teaches at the University of Arkansas of Little Rock and has conducted master classes at Louisiana State University in New York and Indiana University.

Live recording from the concert at the Sofia Music Weeks Festival , Bulgaria Concert Hall, 10 June 1997
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KRASSIMIR TASKOV - Compositions

KRASSIMIR TASKOV - Compositions
ID: GD316
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

The names of a number of young composers have won recognition during the last years of the 20th century. Their works bring a new trend to contemporary Bulgarian music. They introduce new ideas, interesting creative concepts and a variety of expressive means. A musician that is prominent for that period is Krassimir Taskov. He is a composer, a brilliant piano performer and a pedagogue (since 2002 he has been a professor at the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov State Music Academy in Sofia).
He concertized extensively as a student and received prizes at international piano competitions in Moscow (Tchaikovsky, 1978) and Spain (Santander, 1978). After completing degrees in piano (1981) and composition (1984), he participated in a series of international seminars for composers organized by UNESCO in Bulgaria and Holland and attended the composition classes of Ton de Leeuw and Theo Loevendie (Holland), Anatol Vieru (Romania), Andrei Eshpai (Russia), Marin Goleminov and Dimiter Hristov (Bulgaria).
His ongoing performance activity includes collaborations with chamber ensembles and distinguished Bulgarian musicians as Lydia Oshavkova, Anatoli Krastev, Lyubomir Dinolov, Dimiter Tsanev, Ani Atanassova, etc. His musical partnership of over fifteen years with pianist Velislava Georgieva has been especially intensive.
Along with his performing and teaching activity, Krassimir Taskov has also composed a large number of works: for symphonic orchestra, chamber music, concertos for different instruments, piano pieces, works for two pianos, various vocal and choral works, an opera-musical. A great number of his works have won awards at prestigious international and national competitions and are being performed in Germany, Japan, France, Italy, Russia, the USA, etc. The great Bulgarian composer and conductor Vassil Kazandjiev refers to his music as being "particularly expressive and strongly impacting".


Krassimir Taskov, piano
Dimiter Tsanev, piano
Lyudmila Gerova, soprano
Eolina Quartet
Ani Atanassova, violoncello
Stoyan Bozhkov, violoncello
Stanislav Ushev
Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
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ALEXANDER TEKELIEV - Compositions

ALEXANDER TEKELIEV - Compositions
ID: GD315
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Choral Collection
Subcollection: Choir

The composer and music pedagogue Alexander Tekeliev is the author of musical scenic works, 2 oratorios, vocal and symphonic works, symphonies for string orchestra, chamber and instrumental works, vocal cycles, solo and choral songs; music for children, solo songs for children; arrangements for folk choirs, soundtracks to films, etc. He studied at the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music in Sofia and completed his master degree in composition with Prof. Vesselin Stoyanov. Alexander Tekeliev furthered his studies in composition and orchestration in Budapest with Attila Bosai (1980) and in Paris with Michel Filippo (1982). Since 1977 he has been teaching at the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music and since 1991 he is Professor of Composition and Symphony Orchestration.
A great part of his works have been published in Bulgaria and throughout the world and many of them have been performed in France, Italy, Greece, Japan, Hungary, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, Poland, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Norway, etc.
The three compositions which are included in the present album differ greatly regarding emotional impact and expressive means. While Roots is entirely influenced by the unique Bulgarian way of singing and spirit, Symphony - Requiem No. 4 is a powerful work, dedicated to the victims of terrorism. It was inspired by the tragic events of September 11th, 2001 in New York. Even though the composer uses again the expressive means of the specific folk voices, their purpose is to reinforce the author’s suggestion of the universal tragedy. The third piece Happy Birthday is written in the style of a playful joke. The motif of the well-known song appears from behind some familiar tunes by Liszt, Puccini, Strauss, Mozart, Offenbach, Tchaikovsky… It is full of humour, ingenuity, virtuosity and profound command of the art of composing.

Participating:
"Cosmic Voices" Female Folk Choir
Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Vanya Moneva
Milen Nachev
Naiden Todorov
Martin Panteleev
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