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PANCHO VLADIGEROV - PIANO COMPOSITIONS - Dessislava Shtereva - Rada Chomakova

PANCHO VLADIGEROV - PIANO COMPOSITIONS - Dessislava Shtereva - Rada Chomakova
ID: GD239
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

Rada Chomakova graduated from the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music. Later she attended piano lessons in Moscow, Paris and Prague. She is holder of many awards from home and international piano competitions. Beginning her concert-giving career at the age of 12, she is now both a remarkable teacher and concertizing artist. Since 1994 she has been directing annual piano master classes in Baden-Baden, Germany. Her repertoire includes a large number of chamber works and concertos for piano and orchestra, which she has performed with Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and other orchestras both nationwide and abroad. Her formation as a pianist has been much influenced by Pancho Vladigerov himself, under whose guidance she worked on some of the compositions recorded on this CD. Her manner of performance is marked by a stable touch, virtuosity, temperament, a fine sense of dynamics and details, and richness of tone colours. The release also features the performance of one of her pupils, Dessislava Shtereva, who is a
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FLORENT SCHMITT - Ivo Kaltchev, piano

FLORENT SCHMITT - Ivo Kaltchev, piano
ID: GD249
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

World Premieres

Florent Schmitt (1870-1958) made an impressive carrier as a composer and music critic. The leading music dictionaries define him as "the new Berlioz", "an outstanding French composer", "genius innovator"… Having written numerous stage, orchestral, vocal, chamber and piano works, he never became associated with a specific compositional school or group. With his use of untraditional musical expressive means, bitonality, violent ostinatos, etc., he anticipated some future stylistic tendencies in the music of the 20th century. At the same time, his early piano works follow the traditions of 19th century piano music. The works on this CD were written during different periods of the composer's life and present various stylistic features and explorations.
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CONTEMPORARY BULGARIAN COMPOSERS - Vol. 1 - IVAN Spassov-PRAYER CHANTS

CONTEMPORARY BULGARIAN COMPOSERS - Vol. 1 - IVAN Spassov-PRAYER CHANTS
ID: GD251
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Ivan Spassov (1934-1996) belongs to the generation of Bulgarian composers who developed their abilities and won recognition during the 1970s and the 1980s. His work has invariably roused interest although it was not always accepted unanimously, and sometimes was even met with complete negation. Particularly important are the vocal creations of Spassov in which he imposed his own style and compositional techniques. Most of his choral songs became basic repertoire; much of them are examples of innovation in the genre. The CD includes three of Ivan Spassov's last opuses, where the theme of death dominates. Deeply connected with the Bulgarian tradition, yet at the same time employing the avant-guard tendencies of the 1950s and 1960s, Ivan Spassov combined both trends in his music. One example of Bulgarian passion is Easter Music for Christ's Suffering, Death and Resurrection, rationalizing the drama of Christ from the Orthodox point of view. The typical for the Catholic tradition form Miserere was made (for the first time by a Bulgarian musician) into a splendid composition for choir, orchestra and soloists, bringing the meaning and the comfort of the psalm. The excellent recordings in the CD present the spiritual world of an exceptional musician and intellectual, who contributed for throwing a bridge between the Bulgarian and the West-European cultures.

Soloists: Kalina Zhekova (soprano), Georgi Lazarov (bass-baritone), Stepan Byulbyulian (evangelist), Alexandrina Toromanova (organ), Tiha Genova (soprano), Donka Lozanova (soprano), Valeria Mircheva (mezzo-soprano), Lilia Ilieva (mezzo-soprano)
Female Chamber Choir with the Academy of Music and Dance Arts - Plovdiv, Chamber Orchestra with the Secondary School of Music - Plovdiv, Polyphonia Chamber a Cappella Choir, Orchestral Ensemble
Conductors: Krikor Chetinian, Ivelin Dimitrov, Plamen Parvanov, Bedros Papazian
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CONTEMPORARY BULGARIAN COMPOSERS - Vol. 2

CONTEMPORARY BULGARIAN COMPOSERS - Vol. 2
ID: GD252
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Orchestral Works
Subcollection: Orchestra

The second CD of the series presenting the contemporary Bulgarian composers, project of the Soros Center for the Arts, includes music by five representatives of three generations of tonal masters. Their compositions demonstrate a rich palette of ideas and aesthetic preferences, so characteristic of the Bulgarian school from the last three decades of the 20th century. Alexander Tanev, known for his excellent choral works and cantatas, often combines in his symphonic works academic principles of construction with the most modern resources of our century, while the younger Alexander Kandov looks for a new expressiveness and has directed himself to original themes in his symphonic works. Simeon Pironkoff's Night Music is among the author's most representative and bright opuses, appealing to the listener with the refined sound and elegant melodic line. The same can be said about the Fantasia by Plamen Djouroff, a prominent Bulgarian composer and conductor. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Haendel are representative of Krassimir Kyurkchiiski's art of composing. The author demonstrates his mastery of handling the Baroque forms, introducing in them the outlook and interpretation of a contemporary musician.
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MASTERPIECES OF RUSSIAN MUSIC - KHACHATURIAN - TCHAIKOVSKY - GLINKA - PROKOFIEV

MASTERPIECES OF RUSSIAN MUSIC - KHACHATURIAN - TCHAIKOVSKY - GLINKA - PROKOFIEV
ID: GD254
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Orchestral Works
Subcollection: Orchestra

While 19th century Western Europe music includes different styles and schools, there is no such division among Russian composers. During that time Russia marks a period of real national upsurge in enhancing the Russian nation. For this reason, the Russian composers turn back to the traditional village folklore and consider it basic for the future development of Russian musical culture. Glinka was the first to look back to the Russian musical heritage. His works provide a basis for the Russian classical music school. The realistic traditions in his music are followed also by the next generation of composers.
At the end of the 50s and the beginning of the 60s a group of composers (Balakirev, Borodin, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Cui) created the group “The Five”, dedicated to the production of a specifically Russian brand of music and truthful representation of real life. They follow the path of Glinka and Dargomizhsky in creating works which are closely connected to folk art. However, they also stand out with their brilliant artistic talent and the innovations they made in opera, symphonic and chamber music. Tchaikovsky also shares their outlook. He often uses Russian folklore, but is interested mainly in the inner life of man, and not in large-scale historical dramas. In this sense, his music is more closely related to everyday romance, than to the traditional folklore. Tchaikovsky also creates a new type of ballet music. Music had mainly accompaniment functions before him. He makes it stand on its own in the whole performance. By employing the expressive means of symphonic music, the composer reveals the dramatic content of the work.
20th century composers are also influenced by their predecessors. They develop the folk traditions and enrich them with the expressive means of their time.
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CONTEMPORARY BULGARIAN COMPOSERS - Vol. 3

CONTEMPORARY BULGARIAN COMPOSERS - Vol. 3
ID: GD253
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

The third CD from the CONTEMPORARY BULGARIAN COMPOSERS series presents six creative artists from the middle generation, all of whom have entered their names in the Bulgarian culture through vivid artistic achievements. This is a selection of chamber-instrumental opuses of non-traditional sounding and original compositional invention. Velislav Zaimov, famous for his symphonic works, is featured with his magnificent Largo for 12 violoncellos inspired and dedicated to the work of Prof. Zdravko Yordanov, the great Bulgarian cellist. Julia Tsenova, whose name has been well-established in the country's musical life for two decades now and whose works are marked by interesting and unusual ideas, has chosen her "П = 3.14" on lyrics by actress Mara Chapanova, herself a champion of new Bulgarian and world music. The poet's symbols and metaphors, the specific imagery leading to antiquity and the female sensitivity of the verses have been masterfully rendered in the vocal and orchestral parts of the piece. Andrian Pervazov has written a large-scope cycle for three flutes and tape. Inspired by the Sumerian epoch, the work is entitled Ziggurat or Sumerian Temple Music from the Age before the Flood and interweaves sonorousness, primitivism, spoken speech and recitation, all of which create a unique sound atmosphere. Artin Poturlian and Bojidar Petkov are represented by their works for two pianos, Fantasia "Worlds" and Toccata, respectively, and Yassen Vodenitcharov, by his Two Bagatelles for piano, clarinet and percussion. The works in the CD are interpreted by prominent Bulgarian performers united by the common idea of establishing and promoting the contemporary Bulgarian music.


Performers: Students from Prof. Zdravko Yordanov's class, Lilyana Raikova (piano), Ilia Glavanov (clarinet), Tatyana Karparova (percussions), Kremena Acheva (flute), Yavor Zhelev (flute), Mila Pavlova (flute), Anahid Akopian and Artin Poturlian (piano duo), Julia Ganeva and Konstantin Ganev (piano duo), Tsvetana Hristoforou (mezzo-soprano)
Musica Nova Chamber Ensemble
Lubomir Denev, conductor
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MASTERS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC - Vol. 4

MASTERS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC - Vol. 4
ID: GD256
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Orchestra

Just as in the first three albums, the series MASTERS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC (vol. 1 - GD 245, vol. 2 - GD 246, vol. 3 - GD 247) continues to present composers from different epochs and their ever-loved works. The present programme features pieces written over a vast period of time. Even though each composer represents a different trend in music, they are all united by the eternity of their work. All of them were innovators in music and influenced their followers to a great extent: from the representatives of the Vienna classical school (Mozart and Beethoven), to the author of the first German romantic opera (Weber), the most outstanding comic opera composer (Rossini), up to Elgar, who worked in the beginning of the 19th and the end of the 20th c.
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DIMITAR NENOV - COMPOSITIONS

DIMITAR NENOV - COMPOSITIONS
ID: GD258
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

Bulgaria's liberation from the Ottoman occupation (1878) created conditions for the development of professional culture in Bulgaria. Up to then the only cultural product was present in the folk tradition. From the first half of the 20th century onwards the arts marked a rapid development. Many talented Bulgarians returned to their country and lay the foundations of the Bulgarian national culture. Dimitar Nenov (1902-1953) was among the representatives of the Bulgarian composers' school of that time. He was a brilliant composer and pianist, a talented architect, an original thinker, piano pedagogue and active public figure. He graduated in architecture in Germany and then went on to study piano, theory of music and composition under the tuition of well-known professors at the Dresden Conservatory. Later he specialized in piano in Poland, graduated from the Music Academy of Bologna, Italy, and in 1937 became Professor in piano at the State Academy of Music in Sofia. Besides being a pedagogue, he also worked actively for establishing the Contemporary Music Composers' Association in Bulgaria, gave many concerts in his country and abroad. He also created a large quantity of works where he united the ideas of the European musicians together with his aspiration for ethnical sounding of the musical work. The two compositions included in this CD are an illustration of his concept. They were composed during the period 1932-1939. The toccata was conceived as a piano variant and was later orchestrated by the great Bulgarian composer Lazar Nikolov (Dimiter Nenov's student).
The Bulgarian pianist Anton Dikov, whose teachers were Nadia Boulanger, Arthur Rubinstein and Robert Kasadeseau, performs the piano solo of the concerto. He has concertised successfully in Europe, the USA, South America, and Asia and is a holder of many prestigious awards from international competitions. The remarkable performance of the Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra is due to a large extent to its conductor, Alipi Naidenov - a prominent Bulgarian conductor who has given numerous concerts and made many recordings in Bulgaria and in other European countries.
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MASTERS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC - Vol. 5

MASTERS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC - Vol. 5
ID: GD257
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Viola

The fifth disc of the series continues that trend of presenting world-famous classical works, loved by many generations of classical music admirers. The four programs released up to now (vol. 1 - GD 245, vol. 2 - GD 246, vol. 3 - GD 247, vol. 4 - GD 256) feature great works of the 18th, 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. This release also includes a long period in time, which is another proof that the different aesthetic visions of the composers and their various stylistic means of expression do not oppose them to each other, but rather unite them by the eternal value of their work.
The “Masters of Classical Music” series has had great success with the listeners and this is due especially to the Bulgarian conductor Vassil Kazandjiev. He offers a precise interpretation of the works, and an exceptional knowledge of the epoch and style of the composers. The viola player Dimitar Penkov also participates in the program. He is a world-renowned artist, lives in Germany and concertizes in many countries throughout the world.
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MERRY CHRISTMAS -Christmas Carols around the World

MERRY CHRISTMAS -Christmas Carols around the World
ID: GD2101
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Christmas Music
Subcollection: Choir

The CD contains Christmas songs from all over the world, some of which, like Jingle bells, have become international hymns of the holiday. Most of them are folk songs - German, English and French, fruit of the anonymous popular art, carried and preserved throughout the centuries. Their simple melodies filled with joy and enthusiasm over the Holiday touch the heart of every person connected with Christianity and cherishing it. Besides the folk carols in this CD are included also songs created by composers and linked thematically with Christmas and the New Testament. This CD is both a wonderful gift and a chance to hear some of the pearls created for the glorification of Jesus Christ and his birth.


Performed by: St. James Children’s Choir, Gene Halloway Chistmas Sound, Clifton Montana, The Christmas Carolers, Billy Bail Orchestra, Jonny Motherwell, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Peggy Thomas, Studio Orchestra
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