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SLANTSETO TREPERI DA ZAIDE- A female vocal group from the village of Beli Iskar

SLANTSETO TREPERI DA ZAIDE- A female vocal group from the village of Beli Iskar
ID: GD314
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Folk Music

A female vocal group from the village of Beli Iskar, Samokov Municipality

Choir leader: Lyudmila Stoikova

Recorded at the Library of the Stoine Angelov Cultural Center, the village of Beli Iskar, Samokov Municipality

11 women from the village of Beli Iskar, Samokov Municipality have recorded 21 authentic songs the way they remember them from their mothers and grand-mothers. The village is a part of the big folklore region of West Bulgaria, which is characterized by the two-part singing. The famous researcher of Bulgarian folklore Vassil Stoin collected 1115 songs from this region (1935). He even hinted that the Bulgarian two-part singing precedes and forms the base of the European multi-part singing style. A part of these songs are no longer performed today. But what has been preserved gives a clear idea of how the music had accompanied all these moments of the lives of our ancestors. By listening to these songs we can follow the calendar year and the traditions of the people of this region.
These are songs which are performed at weddings, working-bees, at the village dance, at the dining table, at harvest, on the eve of St. Basil’s Day, during berry-picking, and in the field. The recording for this CD has an interesting story behind it. A team of ecology adherents from the USA visited Bulgaria in 2003 to support nature conservation in Rila National Park. They heard the women of Beli Iskar and were fascinated by their authentic singing. The team leader proposed sponsorship for a studio release and thus the preparation of the group began. At that time some of the women didn’t sing for various reasons, but a group of 11 was formed and they revived the traditional songs of the village. Thus, with the financial support of the US Norbert H. Hardner Foundation, these songs will take us back to our roots.
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M. MUSSORGKY - D. SHOSTAKOVICH - G. Guechev, bass - S. Lemberskaya, piano

M. MUSSORGKY - D. SHOSTAKOVICH - G. Guechev, bass - S. Lemberskaya, piano
ID: GD312
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

Bulgaria is famous for its opera singers, who have a successful career worldwide. Guenko Guechev is one of the more recent bass singers; he appears both in opera productions and in chamber music performances.
Guenko Guechev was born in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Performance from the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov State Conservatory of Music in Sofia. He was a student of Professor Resa Koleva. After graduation, he continued his vocal study with the renowned Professor Sergei Afanasiev at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Currently, he lives in the USA. He is the Director of Education of the Baltimore, Maryland based Inter-Atlantic Music Foundation and also the Artistic Director of the “Puldin International Voice Competition”. He made his US opera debut in Verdi’s Rigoletto with the Pittsburgh Opera in 1999. He has appeared internationally in nearly 1000 opera performances. In Bulgaria he has performed in Sofia Plovdiv, Varna, Stara Zagora, and in Europe (Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Holland, etc.) he has sung principal bass roles in productions of Il Trovatore, La Boheme, Tosca, La Traviata, Un ballo in Maschera, etc.
Susanna Lemberskaya, who accompanies the present program on the piano, was born in the former Soviet Union in the family of a famous violin professor. She graduated from the School of Gifted Children in Odessa (Urraine) concentrating in piano, and also from the Conservatory in St. Petersburg. From the beginning of her career Susanna has always worked in the genre of opera.
She has worked with renowned composers and musicians: Dmitri Shostakovich, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yuri Temirkanov, Mark Ermler, Elena Obraztsova, Vladimir Atlantov, Evgeny Nesterenko, etc. Since 1975 she has been living in the USA. She worked until 2001 as the head vocal coach and assistant conductor with the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House. Ms Lemberskaya has worked with some of the world’s finest singers in preparation for their roles in the opera houses of the world: Mirella Freni, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, etc. She has also worked with and played under some of the finest conductors in the world such as: Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, etc. Currently, she is the principle coach at the Pittsburgh Opera.
Guenko Guechev’s and Susanna Lemberskaya’s wide experience in performing was of great importance for them in preparing the present program’s recording of two vocal cycles composed in different periods of the development of Russian music, which is altogether a difficult challenge for every artist.
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BALKAN TRANSIT - Yanka Rupkina - Manol Mihailov

BALKAN TRANSIT - Yanka Rupkina - Manol Mihailov
ID: GD311
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Folk Music

Bulgarian folk music has many friends worldwide. They form groups and learn Bulgarian songs and dances. Gega New Music House has already presented one of them - “Topolovo” Orchestra from France (GD 148). We continue this initiative by releasing a CD of yet another group - BALKAN TRANSIT, Denmark The group was formed in 1988 in Aarhus. Its five musicians learn Bulgarian songs and melodies with great love and enthusiasm. They are assisted in their work by famous Bulgarian musicians. They especially appreciate their collaboration with Yanka Rupkina, Manol Mihailov and the kaval player Stoyan Velichkov. This program is a result of their cooperation. The musicians of the group are well acquainted with Bulgarian folklore and their arrangements are extremely interesting. What they strive for when they perform is not only to preserve the folk atmosphere, but also to add their own experience and emotion. Simon Leunbach’s songs based on traditional texts are especially interesting in this respect. Being familiar with Bulgarian language and Bulgarian music, he has succeeded in creating amazing melodies. The participation of the well-known singers Yanka Rupkina and Manol Mihailov bring an authentic feeling to the songs, in spite of the fact that a part of them are author’s songs. Yanka Rupkina is also the composer of some of the songs and this is only natural: in folk tradition, the best performers are also the composers of new songs and melodies. The program of BALKAN TRANSIT represents a new way of interpreting traditional Bulgarian music. The musicians themselves define it as a “blend of this love (towards Bulgarian folk music), our experience over the years, and our roots in Nordic and Western musical traditions”.

BALKAN TRANSIT consists of: Gunner Byskov - E-bass, backing vocal; Poul Berg - tambura; Lotte Kielberg - accordion, backing vocal; Bjarne A. Kofoed - vocal, backing vocal, tupan, tambourine, percussion; Simon Leunbach - kaval, backing vocal.

Recorded in 2004-2006 at Future Force Audio, Viby J., Denmark, and Breve Studio, Sofia, Bulgaria
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20th & 21st Century Works for Two Pianos and Percussion - VOLAND QUARTET

20th &  21st Century Works for Two Pianos and Percussion - VOLAND QUARTET
ID: GD310
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

Recorded in Bulgaria Concert Hall, Sofia, February 2004
Balance: Miroslav Danev
Editing: Pavel Boliarski (Acoustic Version Studio)

Voland Quartet presents a very interesting program. The works included were created during the last 70 years and they show some trends in the development of 20th and 21st century music. Of special interest is the combination of two pianos with the timbre variety of the different percussion instruments. The four musicians are renowned solo performers, but in the present recordings they have achieved an amazing ensemble performance.
Ivo Varbanov was born in Bulgaria and received his music education in Italy and the UK, having studied with famous piano teachers. He has performed in important venues such as Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, S. John’s Smiths Square in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Bulgaria Concert Hall in Sofia. Gega New has published two CDs of the musician: the first one containing works for piano by Mussorgsky (GD 117) and the second - works for cello and piano by Pizzetti, recorded together with the cello player Seeli Toivio (GD 275).
Michal Drewnowski studied the piano with Ewa Poblocka in Warsaw and later on with his father, the well known Polish pianist Marek Drewnowski. He has played extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in most of the European countries in important festivals and venues. He has particular affinity to19th and 20th century music, which is evident in his performance in this program.
Christo Yotzov graduated at the State Academy of Music in Sofia with Dobri Paliev. In 1985, he founded Acoustic Version with Antony Donchev and since then has won many prestigious awards at European jazz festivals. He has performed all over the world with Acoustic Version and also with other artists such as Tommy Smith, Andy Scofield, Milcho Leviev, Alexia, Reiner Winterschlagen, Yildiz Ibrahimova, and Adam Pierontchik. He has recorded more than 20 LPs and CDs. This is his first classical music CD.
Radosvet (Eti) Kukudov also studied at the State Academy of Music in Sofia completing his Master Degree with Dobri Paliev. He is a laureate of all national competitions for percussion instruments and chamber music. As a timpanist of the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, he has toured extensively Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, Greece, and Turkey. He has also recorded as a chamber musician works by contemporary Bulgarian composers.
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IVO VARBANOV plays JOHANNES BRAHMS

IVO VARBANOV plays JOHANNES BRAHMS
ID: GD308
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

Recorded in Bulgaria Concert Hall, February 2006

Pianist Ivo Varbanov has recorded again an interesting programme for Gega New with works by Brahms. In his previous releases for the label, he presented Mussorgsky (GD 117), Ildebrando Pizzetti, together with the cellist Seeli Toivio (GD 275), and 20th century music, which he recorded with the Voland Quartet (GD 310).
Ivo Varbanov was born in Bulgaria, received his musical education in Italy and furthered his studies in the UK. His teachers were: Ylonka Deckers (1988 to 1993), Sulamita Aranowsky and Frank Wibaut. He currently studies under Dennis Lee. He has participated in the master classes of Lev Naumov, Alexander Lonquich, Barry Douglas, Jan-Bernard Pommier and Peter Katin. Together with cellist Seeli Toivio, he received the first and special prizes at the 25th Finale Ligure International Chamber Music Competition, Italy 1998. He has performed regularly in solo recitals and chamber concerts in Bulgaria, Italy, the UK, France, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Holland, Poland, Russia, and the United States. He has appeared at prestigious concert halls and taken part in the Hoffman and Paderewski music festivals, Sofia Music Weeks, Apollonia Arts Festival, Piemonte In Musica.
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DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH - Works for Cello - Alexander Somov, violoncello

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH - Works for Cello - Alexander Somov, violoncello
ID: GD307
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Cello Collection
Subcollection: Piano and Cello

The works selected for the program are a great challenge to every cello player. They were first performed by the famous Mstislav Rostropovich (the Concert) and Victor Kubatski (the Sonata) - one of the founders of the first string quartet, the Stradivarius. A period of 25 years divided the creation of the Sonata (1934) and the Concert (1959). During this period Shostakovich’s music was both recognized and rejected, which was a result of the atmosphere in which he lived. Nevertheless, Shostakovich remained true to the high ideals of the Russian intelligentsia. During one of his most difficult periods, he wrote the suite of pieces to the film “The Gadfly” and the Ballet suites (between 1951 and 1955).
The program selected features different stages in the work of Dmitri Shostakovich. In Alexander Somov’s interpretation the music flows freely, with direction and confidence and an amazing maturity for his age. Somov was born in Sofia into a family of musicians. While still a student at the music school in Sofia, he concertized throughout Bulgaria, as well as in Germany, Italy, Greece, Spain and Israel. Upon graduation he was awarded a full scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, where he joined the cello class of Prof. Stefan Popov. He continued his successful career by giving concerts in Europe and participating in international festivals. In 1993 he received the first prize and gold medal in the Young Musical Talents National Competition in Sofia; in 1994 he was second prizewinner in the Earth and People International Competition; in 1996 he won the First Alexander Tansman International Competition in Lodz, Poland; in 1997 he took first prize in the International Music Competition of the Polish Cultural Institute in London. He was also a recipient of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Gold Medal, the highest honour of the British music conservatories. In the year 2000 he was appointed solo cellist of the Northern Sinfonia chamber orchestra in Newcastle.
He is a regular guest principal cellist with the London Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra, and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and in April 2006 assumed his new post as Violoncelle Super Soliste of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg. He is also a professor at the National Conservatory - Strasbourg.
Besides being influenced by his teachers, Stefan Rounevski and Stefan Popov, a support to his development as a cellist has always been his mother, the pianist Bogdana Popova, whose teachers were Lydia Kuteva and Tamara Yankova. Popova took her post-graduate studies in the Czech Republic, where she worked with Prof. Karel Yandera and V. Vodrovic. She has performed with great success in Bulgaria and in Italy, France, Germany, Great Britain, Czech Republic and Greece. She has made numerous studio recordings for Bulgarian National Television and Radio, the Balkanton label, Radio Munich, Czech television and the Supraphon label, and the Italian television network (RAI). Currently, Bogdana Popova is a professor in piano at the Bulgarian Academy of Music.
The Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, which is one of the country’s oldest and most respected ensembles, also participates in the recording, conducted by Milen Nachev.
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PIRIN ENSEMBLE - PRESENTS ITS FOLK ORCHESTRA - Militse

PIRIN ENSEMBLE - PRESENTS ITS FOLK ORCHESTRA - Militse
ID: GD335
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Folk Music

During the middle of the 20th century, a number of ensembles for folk songs and dances were founded in many towns of Bulgaria. Their main purpose was to discover and popularize the Bulgarian folk heritage.
Ever since it was founded Pirin Ensemble - Blagoevgrad (1954) has made a reputation with its original program and remarkable stage performance. Today, more that 50 years later, Pirin is still one of the leading folk ensembles in Bulgaria. It has performed before more that 6 million people at home and abroad and in 60 countries in all continents of the world. The review published in the Events newspaper (Hayward, USA) is indicative of the art of the ensemble: “The abundant splendor of Pirin - the Bulgarian folk ensemble, enthralled the hearts of the audience in Europe, Africa and Asia, and now in America, during its glorious triumphant tour. Presenting a country’s picturesque heritage - with its thrilling choreography, breathtaking songs and beautiful costumes, Pirin created a theatrical performance, which is an expression of the charm and wonder of Bulgaria.”
The ensemble has received many awards such as the Golden Record in Nashville in 1982, the Grammy Award for participation in the second album of Marcel Cellier Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares in 1990, awards from the International Festivals in Carthage (1965), etc. The great success of the ensemble is mainly due to Prof. Kiril Stefanov - Chief Artistic Director and conductor of the ensemble from 1956 to 2005, a composer, conductor, and a brilliant manager. After him the management of the ensemble was undertaken by young and ambitions musicians, who succeeded in preserving its popularity - the Chief Artistic Director Dimitar Hristov and the conductor of the orchestra Petyo Krastev.
The ensemble’s folk orchestra is just as famous as its choir and dance formation. Its participation in the ensemble’s productions is of utmost importance not only when it performs as a part of the ensemble, but also when it gives concerts on its own. This makes its repertoire very rich and varied. Together with the tunes and horos characteristic of the Pirin folk region, it also often plays folk music from the Thracian region, the Shoppe region, Northern Bulgaria and other regions of the country.


Soloists: Ilia Ganev - tambura, Ivan Iliev - gaida, Gerasim Kovachev - kaval, Miroslav Yugovski - gadulka
Petyo Krastev - conductor

Recorded in the recording studio of Radio Blagoevgrad
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HOFFMEISTER, STAMITZ, TELEMANN - Viola concertos - E.Staneva, viola

HOFFMEISTER, STAMITZ, TELEMANN - Viola concertos - E.Staneva, viola
ID: GD334
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Viola

Composers usually regard the viola as a part of the orchestra and thus a few works for viola have been written. Recordings of talented viola players are very rare. In the limited number of works for viola, the listener can appreciate the beautiful sound and varied potentialities of the instrument.
Elissaveta Staneva is one of the renowned viola players world-wide. She was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, studied at the Secondary Music School in Plovdiv and continued her education at the State Academy of Music in Sofia and at the University of Music in Vienna. She attended many master classes with: Tabea Zimmermann, Thomas Riebl, Michael Kugel and Diemut Popen. From 1992 to 1996 she was a member of Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under the direction of Claudio Abbado, and played later on in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. She has been principle viola of the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra (Austria) since 2001. In addition to her orchestral engagement, she also participated as soloist and member of various chamber music groups throughout Europe and USA. She is holder of prestigious awards: Prize of the Nippon Foundation Japan, OESTIG Prize for the excellent Interpretation of Contemporary Austrian Music, etc. She is prize winner at national and international competitions.
The conductor Nayden Todorov was born in Bulgaria. He studied with Karl Osterreicher and Uros Lajovic in Vienna and has gone on to conduct major orchestras across the European and the American continents, and in Israel. He currently serves as a general manager and music director of the Rousse State Opera & Philharmonic. In addition he is the Music Director of the much-lauded Thracia Summer International Music Festival and since 2001 he has been paying regular guest visits to the National Opera and Ballet in Sofia. Nayden Todorov has also been a Principal Guest Conductor of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra since the 2003-2004 season.
The Thracian Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1998. The orchestra includes talented musicians from Plovdiv and the surrounding region. Many renowned Bulgarian and foreign solo players and conductors have performed in the orchestra since its foundation, and they have received high appraisal from the audience and critics.


With the participation of: Iliana Todorova - Baycheva, basso continuo (7-10)
Thracian Chamber Orchestra Plovdiv
Nayden Todorov, conductor

Recorded in 2005 in the studio of Radio Plovdiv
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Anatas Naumov - Bulgarian Folk Songs and Dances

Anatas Naumov - Bulgarian Folk Songs and Dances
ID: GD333
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Folk Music

Folk songs arrangements became very popular in Bulgaria after the 50s of the last century. A great number of folk songs and dances ensembles were founded then and many of the young composers saw this as an opportunity to write songs for their repertoire. This generation of authors became real classics in the folk genre. Anastas Naumov is one of them. We have already presented the music of Stefan Kanev (GD 298) and Kosta Kolev (GD 317). With the present release of works by Anastas Naumov we continue the Bulgarian Folk Heritage series.
After graduating from the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music, Anastas Naumov devoted himself to folk music. For many years he was Head of the Folk Music Section at the Bulgarian National Radio - during this period a great part of the golden collection of radio recordings were made. Anastas Naumov is also a prolific composer. His works are in the repertoire of all folk ensembles in Bulgaria and almost all folk performers have worked with him. The composer is very well acquainted with the specific features of the folk regions as well as with the abilities of the performers. For this reason, his songs and instrumental melodies sound very close to the original. His wide professional experience and original talent are especially evident in the folk-based works. It is difficult to tell apart his own folk works from his arranged pieces. They all emanate the style and unique atmosphere of folk art.

Performers: Yanka Rupkina, Olga Borissova, Maria Voinova, Nikola Atanassov, choir and orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio Folk Songs Ensemble, Dobroudja Ensemble, Philip Koutev Ensemble, choir of the Plovdiv Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts, orchestra of Dunav Ensemble, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stefan Mutafchiev, Dobrin Panayotov, Dimitar Dinev, Kostadin Buradjiev, Georgi Genov, Maria Leshkova, Gencho Genchev, Stefan Dragostinov, Krassimir Kyurkchiisky, Vassilka Spassova
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GUSTAV MAHLER - SYMPHONY No.1 in D Major "TITAN"

GUSTAV MAHLER - SYMPHONY No.1 in D Major "TITAN"
ID: GD332
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Orchestral Works
Subcollection: Orchestra

The premiere performance of Symphony No. 1 took place on November 20th, 1889 in Budapest, conducted by the author himself. Almost 120 years after the premiere, Njagul Tumangelov accomplished the recording of this massive work.
Being the son of the famous composer, choir conductor and music pedagogue Dragia Tumangelov, he naturally chose music as his career. Njagul Tumangelov received his music education at the Music School for Gifted Children in Sofia and then went on to study at the State Academy of Music - Sofia, in the class of Professor Boyan Lechev. In 1962 he became the principal concertmaster of Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 1969 he received the position of principal concertmaster of the Austrian Radio and Television, and later - the Bavarian Radio and Television. He is a founder and primarius of the Austrian Radio and Television string quartet. It was by accident that he launched on his career as a conductor - the conductor of Il barbiere di Siviglia by Paisiello in the chamber opera in Vienna was suddenly taken ill and Mr. Tumangelov took his place and conducted the performance. Since then he has been successfully working both as a violin player and a conductor.
In 2000 Gega New released a CD with three sonatas for violin and piano by Villa-Lobos, recorded by Njagul Tumangelov - violin, and Bojidar Noev - piano (GD 224). Now, 8 years later, his admirers will be able to appreciate his talent as a conductor.

Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Njagul Tumangelov, conductor

Recorded in Studio 1 of the Bulgarian National Radio, October 2-4th, 2007
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