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Bulgarian National Radio Children`s Choir - Nedyalkov, Hristo

Bulgarian National Radio Children`s Choir - Nedyalkov, Hristo
ID: GD220
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Choral Collection
Subcollection: Choir

The CD of the world famous Bulgarian National Radio Children's Choir, conducted by Hristo Nedyalkov, is dedicated to the choir's 40th anniversary. It includes 16 of the best performances of this ensemble with a huge repertoire worthy of respect. During the past 40 years many Bulgarian and foreign composers have created hundreds of songs for it. The choir became a vital part of the Bulgarian culture, as well as a focal point for children's musical education. Wide audiences have had the chance to enter the world of art under the guidance of these sincere and spontaneous messengers.
The qualities of the Radio Choir have always been emphasized, in every place where it toured. Its visits to Japan for example are 14 and it has given about 350 concerts in 150 towns! Such figures inspire respect and give an idea about the interest and the value of the art of the Bulgarian National Radio Children's Choir and its founder and conductor Hristo Nedyalkov, an exceptional personality in Bulgarian musical life.
This CD gives an idea about the varied talents and the choir's high artistic achievements. It contains pearls both from the Bulgarian and the world choral legacy, like Schubert's Serenade and Tchaikovsky's Little Nightingale, some virtuoso songs by Georgi Kostov, Alexander Tekeliev, the humorous compositions by Nikolai Kaufmann and the poetic impression Winter Song by Hristo Nedyalkov. Children from the choir perform the solo parts. The works are arranged with taste along with the desire to present the performing abilities of the ensemble from all sides.


Interprets: Bulgarian National Radio Children`s Choir, Nedyalkov
Soloists:
Ognyanova, Milena ( 2, 4, 12 )
Koleva, Stiliana ( 6 )
Ilkova, Mariana ( 6 )
Peeva, Milena ( 6 )
Vajarov, Stanislava ( 7 )
Vateva, Anna ( 9 )
Petrova, Petia ( 14 )
Mekki, Blagovesta ( 14 )
Accompanied by:
Vaglenova, Iva - piano (5, 11)
Ivanova, Detelina - piano (13, 15)
Pavlova, Milena - piano (9)
Dimitrova, Theodora - organ (2, 7)
Bulgarian National Radio Light Music Orchestra (1)
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Stefan Elenkov, bass - Opera Recital

Stefan Elenkov, bass - Opera Recital
ID: GD235
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

The experts define Stefan Elenkov (1937-97) as "a bass with a timbre rich in overtones and voice with piercing power". These qualities combined with his priceless training with Prof. Christo Brambarov, his further studies in Palermo and the great experience on the stage place him amongst the most stunning opera singers. His career was connected mostly with the Sofia Opera House (1966-97). But Elenkov had also sang as guest-artist in numerous famous opera theatres: the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, the State Opera Theatre in Vienna, Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, in opera performances in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Israel, Brasil, France, the USA, etc. His repertoire included all the big bass parts: Mephistopheles from Faust (Gounod), Fiesco from Simon Boccanegra (Verdi), Khan Kontchak from Prince Igor (Borodin), Prince Khovansky and Dossifey from Khovanshchina (Mussorgsky), King Philip and the Inquisitor from Don Carlos (Verdi) and many others. Some of them are included in this CD. The recordings were made in different periods of his rich artistic career but the constant trends in all of them are his incredibly beautiful voice, his high level of professionalism and captivating artistry.

Interprets: Hinchev
Accompanied by:
Orchestra of the Sofia National Opera conducted by Boris Hinchev
Studio recording, May 28, 1970 - 1, 2, 3, 4
Bulgarian national Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ivan Angelov
Studio recording, March 11, 1983 - 5, 6
Orchestra of the Sofia National opera conducted by Mark Ermler
Live recording, April 8, 1977 - 7
Orchestra of the Sofia National opera conducted by Assen Naidenov
Live recording, May 8, 1983 - 8, 9, 10
Orchestra of the Sofia National opera conducted by Rouslan Raichev
Live recording, April 23, 1988 - 11
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Russian Music - Prokofiev - Shostakovich - Shchedrin - Vesko Eschkenazy, violin - Ludmil Angelov, piano

Russian Music - Prokofiev - Shostakovich - Shchedrin - Vesko Eschkenazy, violin - Ludmil Angelov, piano
ID: GD269
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

Recorded in Auditorio de Las Rozas, Madrid, 23 and 24 April 2001

Vesko Eschkenazy (violin) and Ludmil Angelov (piano) began performing as duo in 1995. Both were born in Bulgaria, in the families of musicians, and both have graduated from the Bulgarian State Academy of Music in Sofia. Ludmil Angelov has studied with the pianist Konstantin Stankovich, former assistant of the legendary Nadia Boulanger, while Vesko Eschkenazy furthered his studies in the class of Prof. Yfrah Neaman. Both are winners of prestigious international competitions and have performed as soloists of European famous orchestras. They have given concerts in many countries in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Currently Mr. Eschkenazy is concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Holland), and Mr. Angelov is Artistic Director of Toledo International Music Festival. Ludmil Angelov's integral recording of Chopin's rondos and variations for a CD released by Gega New was awarded in 2000 the Grand Prix du Disque Chopin by the International Chopin Institute of Warsaw. The present program features Russian music of the 20th c. and more specifically composers whose works are an example of performer's art. Sergei Prokofiev's Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in D major op. 94 bis is a transcription of a flute sonata dating from a year earlier. The violin version was revised by the composer together with David Oistrakh and was first performed in 1944. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major op. 134 (1968) by Dmitri Shostakovich is also associated with David Oistrakh. The composer wrote it for the famous Russian violinist's 60th anniversary. Rodion Shchedrin's Humoresque and In Imitation of Albeniz are parts of four pieces for piano, where motifs from his ballet The Little Hump-Backed Horse (Konyok-gorbunok) are used. The transcription for violin and piano is by the famous Russian violinist and music pedagogue Dmitry Tziganov.
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SOFIA SOLOISTS - BULGARIAN COMPOSERS

SOFIA SOLOISTS - BULGARIAN COMPOSERS
ID: GD273
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

Plamen Djouroff, conductor

Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble was founded in 1962. Since its foundation 40 years ago it has been conducted by Vassil Kazandjiev (1964-1978), Emil Tabakov (1979-1988) and its present conductor - Plamen Djouroff, who has been connected with the work of the ensemble since 1988. Sofia Soloists has preserved throughout the years its image of an elite formation with an exceptionally rich repertoire from the 16-20th centuries, including works by Bulgarian composers. The present release features four pieces composed during the 1970s-1990s. Symphony No 4 by Lyubomir Pipkov (1904-1974) was written in the last years of the composer's life (1970). For this composition his choice fell on the chamber expression of the string orchestra. Meditations by Lazar Nikolov (b. 1922) was written for string quartet (1970) and a year later it was revised for string orchestra. Microsymphony (1922) by Dimitar Tapkoff (b. 1929) brings out the most concentrated expression of the symphonic model. The work is dedicated to Arthur Honegger and the use of his initials A, H has not only tonal and constructive role but also introduces semantically the question of tradition and stability of musical values. Requiem for an Unknown Young Man for 13 stringed instruments (1968) by Simeon Pironkov (1927-1999) combines the European liturgical choral tradition and the composition and technical devices of aleatory music. Sofia Soloists' conductor, Plamen Djouroff (b. 1949), graduated from the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music in Sofia. He furthered his studies in conducting at the Vienna Academy of Music under Karl Osterreicher. Besides being conductor of Sofia Soloists, Mr. Djouroff is also one of the outstanding Bulgarian composers. His works have been performed and released in Bulgaria and abroad.
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KALUDI KALUDOV - VERDI RECITAL

KALUDI KALUDOV - VERDI RECITAL
ID: GD271
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Sofia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Metodi Matakiev, conductor

"Such a voice has not been heard for many years lately - crystal-clear in all ranges, reminiscent of the young Carlo Bergonzi …" - these are lines from an Italian review. Kaludi Kaludov delights the critics and the audience not only in Italy, but all over the world. His international career is really impressive: Great Britain, Austria, Italy, France, and in 1985 a contract with La Scala in Milan. He is also well-known in Gernmany, Spain, the USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazilia, Japan, etc. as well as on many prestigious international festivals in Europe, Asia and America. He has appeared in performances with the world's most famous singers for the last 15 years and conductors like Claudio Abbado, Charles Mackeras, Riccardo Mutti, Fabio Luisi, etc. His repertoire includes over 60 tenor parts in operas by Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, Rossini, Bellini, Bizet, Ponchielli, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Giordano, and from the Russian classics - Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky. The tenor's concert repertoire features an impressive list of works including Requiems by Mozart and Verdi, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Stabat Mater by Rossini and Dvorak, along with Janacek's Glagolitic Mass. His numerous recordings have been released on many labels and he has also recorded for radio stations and video programmes. Parallel to his engagements on the world opera stages, Kaludi Kaludov also has an active teaching career mainly in Poland and Bulgaria.
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BULGARIAN CHORAL ART - Vol. 2

BULGARIAN CHORAL ART - Vol. 2
ID: GD270
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Choral Collection
Subcollection: Choir

This is the second album of the Bulgarian Choral Art series (Vol. 1 - GD 244). The programme includes works by Bulgarian composers, created as arrangements on the basis of original folk melodies or inspired by the Bulgarian folk music traditions. Ever since their foundation, the choirs in Bulgaria included in their repertoires mainly medleys of Bulgarian folk songs. Since then dates the close connection between choral creativity and performance, and the folk song became one of the main intonational sources. Many of the folk-based songs thus created became emblematic for Bulgarian choral art.
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CELTIC INFLUENCES

CELTIC INFLUENCES
ID: GD267
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

The ancient Celts appeared in Europe eight to ten centuries before the birth of Christ. Travelling through the whole territory of Eurasia, they were exposed to the cultural influence of the local tribes which inhabited these lands. Thus, along with the Celtic core, their tradition is also influenced by elements of the native tribal groups. In order to show these influences, the three musicians make a music survey of the regions that have enriched the Celtic culture.
Emile Naoumoff was born in Sofia in 1962. At the age of eight he began taking piano lessons with Nadia Boulanger and became her student over the following ten years, until her death. In the course of his solo carrier he has worked closely with great conductors (Bernstein, Rostropovich, Casadesus, Lombard, etc.) and famous orchestras (the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio-France, the NHK Symphony, Tokyo, etc.). He has also taught at the Concervatory of Paris, the University of California, Berkley, and at Stanford University. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Piano at the School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington. He also directs his own Summer Music Academy near Paris.
Catherine Marchese was born in 1961 in New York. She studied bassoon with William Pollisi and, later, with Loren Glickman while she attended the Juilliard School. In 1986 she was awarded the Diplome Superieur d'Execution at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. She has performed as soloist with different ensembles (Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Prague Symphony, the Polish and Norwegian Chamber Orchestras, etc.). Her repertoire includes all famous works for bassoon. She has made recordings for Sony Classical, Sude Productions, Gega New, and Saphir Productions.
Sarah Stevens-Estabrook was born in Indianapolis. She studied bassoon with Leonard Sharrow and received her Bachelor of Music Education degree at the Indiana University School of Music in 1976. In addition, she studied accordion with Ken Ksobiech, teacher at the Milwaukee Accordion Conservatory, and jazz piano at Indiana University with David Baker and Luke Gillespie. She received her Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University in 1986. Since 1976 she has taught music in the public schools of Bloomington, Indiana. During that time she has written several musicals which have been published by Dramatic Publishing. Most recently Ms. Stevens-Estabrook taught and performed at the Nadia Boulanger Academie in Gargenville, France.


Catherine Marchese, bassoon
Sarah Stevens-Estabrook, bassoon and accordion
Emile Naoumoff, piano

Recorded live at the Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel in Lake Forest, Illinois, November 18, 2000
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VELITCHKA YOTCHEVA, violoncello - J.S.Bach - Suites For Cello Solo 1, 3 & 5

VELITCHKA YOTCHEVA, violoncello - J.S.Bach - Suites For Cello Solo 1, 3 & 5
ID: GD279
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Cello Collection
Subcollection: Cello

Vеlitchka Yotcheva, one of Canada’s most gifted young cellists, is enjoying a brilliant career as a soloist and chamber musician, and has performed to great acclaim throughout Canada, as well as in Russia, Bulgaria, France, and the United States. Velitchka Yotcheva was born in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. She graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow, which is famous for its exceptional cello school. She has been living in Canada since 1995 and completed her Doctorate in Music in 2000, at the Universite de Montreal. She is the winner of prestigious national and international competitions. Velitchka Yotcheva has recorded for this programme two of the six suites for cello by Bach. The original manuscript of the suites has been lost, but two significant copies exist. The second and better-known one was copied by Bach’s wife, Anna Magdalena, in 1730.The suites were long considered as common exercises for violoncello, until Pablo Casals revived them and currently they take their worthy place in the cellists repertoire.
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BELA BARTOK - Concerto for viola and orchestra.

BELA BARTOK - Concerto for viola and orchestra.
ID: GD306
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Viola

The Bulgarian violist Dimitar Penkov, who has lived in Germany for a number of years, again presents an interesting program. For his two previous CDs on the Gega New label he recorded Jean-Marie Leclaire’s 6 sonatas for two violas, performed together with Johannes Flieder (GD 212) and the concertos for viola and orchestra by Krzysztof Penderecki and Karl Stamitz (GD 250). The present program features two concertos, which are representative of the music of the 20th century. Both works were written at the end of the composers’ lives and both were dedicated to legendary violists - Bartok wrote his concerto commissioned by William Primrose, while Schnittke kept a promise he had given Juri Bashmet nine years earlier. The premieres of the works were outstanding events among music circles at that time. Dimitar Penkov continuously proves his skill at performing difficult works. His interpretation of the Honegger sonata for viola and piano was the first studio recording of this work. He also performed the French premiere of Penderecki’s viola concerto. During his career Dimitar Penkov has performed under the batons of such notable conductors as Aldo Cecatto, Pierre Bartholomee, Vassil Stefanov, Vassil Kazandjiev, Lutz Herbig, Gilbert Varga, Konstantin Iliev, Anthony Bramall, Michael Tabachnik, Nikos Athineos, Otmar Maga, and Plamen Djouroff. He has realized numerous recordings for the radios of Paris, Sofia, Zurich, and Hannover. Two films produced by Bulgarian National Television document the instrumental art of Dimitar Penkov. The conductor Nikos Athineos studied at the Athens Conservatory, the Cologne Hochschule fur Musik and the Robert Schumann Institute in Dusseldorf. He has toured throughout Germany, Spain, Russia, Lithuania, Israel, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. As a guest conductor he has appeared with various major European orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Prague Gustav Mahler Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio. The Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of Bulgaria’s oldest and most respected ensembles. The orchestra was founded by its chief conductor of more than thirty years, Vassil Stefanov. Other chief conductors have included Alexander Vladigerov, Vassil Kazandjiev, Ruslan Raichev, Milen Nachev. The orchestra is now led by Rossen Milanov.
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ANTON DIKOV, piano

ANTON DIKOV, piano
ID: GD302
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

Anton Dikov (1938-2004) is one of the most remarkable pianists of our time, who has been recognised both by the audience and the critics as a part of the world music elite. The legendary pianist Emil Gilels noted about him: "Anton Dikov's art does honour to his country, and his performances stand out for their wonderful preparation, freshness, and nobleness of style." Anton Dikov graduated from the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music in Sofia under Prof. Lyuba Encheva and furthered his studies in France under Nadia Boulanger, Artur Rubinstein and Robert Casadesus. He enjoyed an active international artistic career since 1954 and toured extensively in nearly all European countries, the USA, Latin America, Japan, Korea. He performed with internationally renowned orchestras (Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Paris, Brussels, Prague, etc.). Mr. Dikov was holder of awards of big international piano competitions. A recognition of his art is his participation in the juries of the following international competitions: "Chopin" (Warsaw, 1975, 1990), "Liszt-Bartok" (Budapest, 1976, 1981), Bolzano (1977), "Margueritte Long" (Paris, 1979), "Beethoven" (Vienna, 1985), "Van Cliburn" (Fort Worth, 1985), "Tchaikovsky" (Moscow, 1990), the Bavarian Radio (Munich, 1992), etc. He was a long-standing president of the jury of the International Competition "Prof. Pancho Vladigerov" (Bulgaria). His teaching career was also significant. Since 1988 he was Professor at the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music. He directed numerous master classes throughout Europe (1996-2002, in Flaine, France annually), in Japan (1983, 1989), in the Republic of Korea (1990-2003, in Seoul annually). His repertoire comprised works from the Baroque period up to contemporary works, as well as a number of premieres of Bulgarian piano music. His extensive recording career includes 15 LPs, an integral edition of Bartok's (released by "Harmonia Mindi"), an integral CD-edition of Beethoven's concertos, a CD-edition of the impressive Concerto for Piano by Dimitar Nenov (Gega New, GD 258), etc. The CD presents his exceptional interpretations of the music of the three eminent composers who were regularly present in his repertoire.
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