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Armenian Liturgy - Papazian, Bedros - conductor

Armenian Liturgy - Papazian, Bedros - conductor
ID: GD137
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Liturgy

Various: Glory o You, Lord (Gloire à Toi, Seigneur); (Amen for Your Soul/Amen pour l`âme)

An original CD presenting the rare opportunity to possess a recording of Armenian Liturgy. The Holy Apostolic Church of Armenia is one of the oldest churches in the Orient. The chants of three composers mainly are included in the service. Most frequently the liturgy of Ekmalian created in the last decade of the 19th century is used. The chants are beautifully harmonized for mixed choir performance, some of them with a soloist. The release includes twelve church chants, where the widely sung-out jubilation parts in expression of man's homage to God and Jesus Christ alternate with melodic-and-recitative episodes which have originated from the psalmodic singing. The programme strikes with the virtuosity of the hymns, the variety of the richly ornamented melodies, the interesting harmonic devices and the organ accompaniment. The music brings the atmosphere of peace and concentration, of contemplation and deep thought of God the Creator and the sacrifice of His Son.


Soloists:
Kikorian, Marie
Benlian, Karapet (the priest)
Basmadjian, Marie
Bovarian, Alice
Jelev, Ivo
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Orthodox Wedding Ceremony - and New-Year Service

Orthodox Wedding Ceremony - and New-Year Service
ID: GD142
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Voices

As a continuation of GEGA NEW's idea to present troparia and chants from the Passion Week common in the practice of East-Orthodox community, Miroslav Popsavov has selected in this programme some of the most typical for the New-Year service chants related to the wedding ceremony. The psalms glorifying God and Jesus Christ are arranged in the order required by the canons. Most of the melodies, of ancient origin, have been arranged by Russian and Bulgarian composers. The most popular among them are Mnogoletie (For Many Years) and Dostoino est (Meet It Is), which have also become concerto pieces in the repertoire of the Slavic male choirs. The CD is of interest for everybody who would want to look into the world of Orthodox music, the ancient roots of which are in the Byzantine chant and service. Later on, in Church-Slavonic singing there were not only transferred canons, troparia and various jubilation modulae, but new chants were also created on the basis of Bolgarskii rospev and the so called znamenii chant, elements of which are present in some of the works included in this release.
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Legende -French Music for Harp

Legende -French Music for Harp
ID: GD152
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Harp

The release features seven authors of music for harp, closely associated with the French school of composing and the Paris Conservatoire. Among them is the remarkable composer, organist and pedagogue Gabriel Faure and the famous in the first half of the 20th century Germaine Tailleferre who shaped up her style under the influence of impressionism, the ideas of Jean Cocteau about new art and those of the eccentric Eric Satie. Together with the famous composers Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud and Francis Poulenc she took part in the group of modern and innovative creators of French music called Les Six. Yet another woman composer is included in the CD, Henriette Renie, the author of Legende, inspired by knight's poetry. Gabriel Peirne is a musician who contributed greatly to French musical life in the first decades of the 20th century and wrote music in all genres. Carlos Salzedo is a famous harpist and propagator of modern art. And Maurice Franck's piece received its world premiere in this performance of Bulgarian harpist Anna-Maria Ravnopolska. Each of the brilliantly selected pieces reveals not only the musician's talent and abilities but also the specific beauty of the harp, an instrument which has preserved its charm to the present day.
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Alexander Grechanikov - Vespers Liturgy, Op. 59

Alexander Grechanikov - Vespers Liturgy, Op. 59
ID: GD158
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Liturgy

Gretschaninov: Vespers Liturgy, Op. 59

3 - Soloists: M. Vassileva - mezzosoprano
B. Spirov - tenor
S. Atanassov - bass
9 - Soloists: Y. Ilieva - alto
S. Atanassov - bass
I. Tsaneva - mezzo-soprano
B. Spirov - tenor
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Bohuslav Martinů - Works for Violoncello and Piano

Bohuslav Martinů - Works for Violoncello and Piano
ID: GD165
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano and Cello

Martinů: Works for Violoncello and Piano; Ariette, H 188 B; Pastorales, H 190; Miniature Suite, H 192; Nocturnes, H 189; Variations on a Theme by Rossini, H 290

Interprets: Krastev, Taskov
Krastev, Anatoli - violoncello
Taskov, Krassimir - piano
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Dmitry Shostakovich - "Sofia" String Quartet

Dmitry Shostakovich - "Sofia" String Quartet
ID: GD168
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Quartet

"Sofia" String Quartet has recorded three of the late quartets by the great Russian composer, a brilliant expression of the his talent and sensitivity. Each of them reveals the richness of the composer's creative imagination, demonstrates original solutions of form, structure, modes and metric rhythms. Quartet No. 8 is of programmatic character and is related to one of the leading themes in the music of Shostakovich - the theme of war, anti-humanism and the staunch support of the idea of peace and humanity. Quartets Nos. 10 and 11 are composed for friends of Shostakovich, associated with his personal life and creative career. Of particular interest is No. 11, consisting of 7 movements, each of which with an emotional context present in its title. The performance of the works by "Sofia" String Quartet is remarkable for its technical virtuosity and freedom - each of the four instrumentalists is a superb musician - with a mastery in the rendition of the multitude of nuances and moods, varying from grief and tragic resignation to joyful intoxication, joke and emotional outbursts. A compact disc, which bears evidence to the high professional standards of the "Sofia" Quartet and brings the joy of feeling the magnificence and the shattering power of the music of Dmitry Shostakovich.

Interprets: Sofia String Quartet
V. Valchev, N. Gagov, V. Gerov, K. Bespalov
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Hosanna in Exelis - Sofia Boy`s Choir

Hosanna in Exelis - Sofia Boy`s Choir
ID: GD188
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Choral Collection
Subcollection: Choir

The Sofia Boys' Choir is one of the most prestigious Bulgarian choirs of its kind, winner of many awards at international and national competitions. Under the guidance of the talented Adriana Blagoeva, during the past few years the choir has widened the range of its repertoire by including masterpieces of sacred music - both Catholic and Orthodox.
In their present release the Sofia Boys' Choir perform liturgic chants by Bulgarian and Russian composers. Of particular interest for the fans of religious music are the monodic chants - by authors or anonymous, such as Svyatii Boje or Slava Otsu (an old composition by the famous singer and composer John Koukouzeles). The performances are distinguished by the unique beauty of sounds of the boys' voices led by the conductor with great skill. Each song features not only the professionalism of the great choirs, but also precision of dynamics, accents and gradation, typical of religious singing. The singers and their musicality, the perfectly performed tunes, the crystal sounds, as well as the characteristic reverberation of the recordings that recreates the atmosphere in the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral leave a deep impression.


Interprets: Blagoeva, Sofia Boy`s Choir
Blagoeva, Adriana - conductor and producer
21 - soloist: Petrova, Petya - mezzosoprano
24 - soloist: Markov, Stefan - bass
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Orthodox Chants from Bulgaria -D. Hristov: Vespers Liturgy, etc.

Orthodox Chants from Bulgaria -D. Hristov: Vespers Liturgy, etc.
ID: GD193
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Sacred Music
Subcollection: Liturgy

Hristov: Vespers liturgy; Orthodox liturgy
Interprets: Popsavov, Sofia Orthodox Choir
Sofia Orthodox Choir
Popsavov Miroslav - conductor
Soloists:
Pankova, Nikolina - soprano (10, 11, 14)
Bovarian, Alis - mezzo-soprano (8)
Turiare, Iskander - tenor (4)
Priest Stanoi Andonov - bass (1, 3, 13, 14)
Recorded at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in June 1995
Balance: G. Nedyalkov, Editing: N. Tassev
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Alfred Schnittke, Sergey Prokofiev - Venteslav Nikolov, cello - Rosteslav Yovchev, piano

Alfred Schnittke, Sergey Prokofiev - Venteslav Nikolov, cello - Rosteslav Yovchev, piano
ID: GD198
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano and Cello

The famous Bulgarian cellist Ventseslav Nikolov known with his preference for contemporary music and with his significant popularizing activity plays two remarkable 20th-century compositions - the sonatas by Schnittke and Prokofiev. Together with the pianist Rostislav Yovchev, an excellent musician also with proven understanding and attitude to 20th century music, he has registered an inspiring interpretation of the compositions included in the album. The duo reveals the emotional resources of Prokofiev's music and that of Schnittke. It is with mastership in the sound producing and overlapping of timbres and nuances, understanding the essence of the dynamics in the composer's invention, that both cellist and pianist achieve a strongly impressing rendition of the works, whose sincere impulse captivates the listeners.

Prokofiev: Sonata for Cello and Piano op. 119 C Major
Schnittke: Sonata for Cello and Piano (1978)
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Nicola Ghiuselev - Orthodox Chants

Nicola Ghiuselev - Orthodox Chants
ID: GD201
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Sacred Music
Subcollection: Choir

The CD furthers the development of one of the main repertoire trends in the production of Gega New, liturgical music performed by Bulgarian singers and ensembles. At the same time, this is the company's third release of the world-famous Bulgarian opera singer Nicola Ghiuselev. The interpretation of East-Orthodox chants is a sphere which no other Bulgarian singer has dared to approach after the death of Boris Christoff, the great bass. Ghiuselev's success is all the more significant, if we take into consideration the fact that alongside his attitude and musical skills he also demonstrates a deep penetration into the musical and poetic text of the chants. By achieving the sound specific for the genre and giving up the bel canto vocal characteristics Ghiuselev raises up his prayers and glorifies God with all the appropriate reservedness and beauty of the musical line. All chants are by Bulgarian and Russian composers, known for both their church and secular music. Melodic and beautifully harmonized, they render the atmosphere of pious and peaceful resignation. Ghiuselev's bass is in perfect harmony with the resounding sonority of the Sofia Orthodox Choir.


Chesnokov: The Mystical Sacrifice; God with Us; Deliver, o God Thy People
Dinev Peter: The Judicious Villain
Grechaninov: Litani of Fervet Supplication; The Creed
Hristov: Praise Ye The Name of The Lord
Lyubimov: Blessed is The Man
Nikolaev-Stroumsky: Great Doxology
Strokine: Now Lettest Thou Depart
Zinoviev: We Hymn Thee, We Bless Thee


Interprets: Ghiuselev, Popsavov, Sofia Orthodox Choir
(1, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12 - arranged by M. Popsavov)
Ghiuselev, Nicola - bass
Sofia Orthodox Choir
Popsavov, Miroslav - artistic director and conductor
Recording: November 1996, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
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