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INA KANCHEVA, soprano - VERDI - BELLINI - PUCCINI - GOUNOD - DONIZETTI

INA KANCHEVA, soprano - VERDI - BELLINI - PUCCINI - GOUNOD - DONIZETTI
ID: GD280
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal and Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

At the time when the great opera singer Montserrat Caballe had a concert-recital in Sofia, she chose to present to the audience one of her students - the young singer Ina Kancheva. This was not only an indication of politeness to the host country. Ina Kancheva's performance was brilliant and she proved to be a worthy partner to her world-famous teacher. Ina Kancheva was born in Sofia and while still a child, she showed a talent for singing (between 1986 and 1994 she was member and soloist of the Bulgarian National Radio Children's Choir). In 1996-2000 she was a student at the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music in Sofia, in Associate Professor Jasmina Kostova's class. In the 1997-1998 period she specialized at the European Opera Centre in Manchester. Since the year 2000 she has been a regular participant in Montserrat Caballe's master classes in Andorra, and since 2001 she has been working with Raina Kabaivanska. Ina Kancheva has taken part in a number of prestigious international festivals, in numerous gala concerts and opera performances in Bulgaria and throughout the world. She has performed on the opera stages of Stara Zagora, Varna, Plovdiv, Andorra, Sarajevo, Skopje, Madrid, etc. She has been constantly enriching her repertoire and currently it includes many of the major soprano parts along with some rarely performed parts in works like Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and Sergei Rachmaninoff's The Bells.
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PERSONIFICATION

PERSONIFICATION
ID: GD330
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Orchestral Works
Subcollection: Orchestra

Theodosii Spassov, “the best kaval on the planet”, presents yet another original programme (so far Gega New has released five of his albums). In this CD the pieces were recorded together with the Big Band of the Bulgarian National Radio. Against the background of the orchestra sound, the release also includes two works for piano and kaval. Theodosii Spassov is the first Bulgarian musician who successfully synthesizes Bulgarian folk music with other genres, mostly jazz. His first attempts were in his student years, and his project with Milcho Leviev (1990) leads him to the world stage. This is followed by his concerts with Albert Mangelsdorf, with the percussionist from India Trilok Gurtu, the ethno-jazz stars Rabih Abou-Khalil and Glen Velez, the Canadian singer Kareen Young, Andy Sheppard, Mark Johnson, the Greek musicians Dionisis Savopulos, Kostas Theodorou, the world- famous Riverdance formation... Theodosii Spassov has played with almost all Bulgarian jazz musicians. Recently, he has cooperated with colleagues from the Balkan countries. Together they have launched two projects - “Balkan Horses” and “Balkan Winds. His music has been warmly applauded in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Israel, Japan, Nepal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the U.K., the USA and many more countries.

Performers: Theodosii Spassov, Milen Kukosharov, Mihail Yosifov, Ognyan Veskov,
Big Band of BNR, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductors: Willy Kazassian, Yanko Miladinov
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MNOGAYA LETA

MNOGAYA LETA
ID: GD313
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Sacred Music
Subcollection: Choir

Christian musical tradition in Bulgaria dates back long before Christianity was established as an official state religion (865). According to some records a Christian church convention took place in Serdica (Sofia) in the 4th century. It is believed that the church chants of that time differed from the Byzantium church music. When East Orthodox religion was adopted as a state religion in Bulgaria, King Boris I put an end to this tradition. The Byzantium liturgical services and chants were enforced. Byzantium church music was dominant up to the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century, in spite of the recurrent resistance of various groups of society. However, a few sources from that time show that there were attempts to create Bulgarian church music. The works of St. John Koukouzeles date from that time (13-14th c.). This tendency for developing Bulgarian church music was stopped when the country went under Ottoman rule (14th c.). At the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century a new movement for reviving the Bulgarian church tradition began. Some Byzantium chants were translated into Slavonic language, and parallel to that original Bulgarian Orthodox chants were created. After the liberation from the Ottoman rule (1878), the service liturgies of the Russian Orthodox Church became dominant. A large number of Bulgarian composers wrote works for the church. They used elements of Old Bulgarian chants and reached the level of the Russian liturgical music. Dobri Hristov, for example, wrote liturgies dedicated to priests and they are still performed at church services. In his first liturgy of St. John Chrysostom he uses Old Bulgarian intonations.
The liturgical chants of Dobri Hristov, Peter Dinev, Apostol Nikolaev-Stroumsky, etc. are a inherent part of church services, just as the Russian chants by Alexander Grechaninov, Pavel Chesnokov, Nikolai Bakhmetiev …

Soloists: Orlin Anastassov, Alis Bovarian, Nikolina Pankova, Sasho Kostov, Alexander Deyanov, Peter Petrov, Martin Pashovski, Vanilia Kissyova, Yuri Lefedjiev, Sunai Mouratov, Konstantin Mirinski, Nicola Ghiuselev, Priest Boncho Chakov, Protodeacon Stefan Markov, Iskander Turiare, Dimiter Bonev

With the participation of: The Seven Saints Choir, conductor Dimitar Grigorov, Sofia Priest Choir, conductor Kiril Popov, Sofia Orthodox Choir, conductor Miroslav Popsavov, Madrigal Sofia Chamber Choir, conductor Stoyan Kralev, Sofia Armenian Choir, conductor Bedros Papazian, Mixed Choir, conductor Miroslav Popsavov
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STOYAN VARNALIEV - The Songs of Orpheus

STOYAN VARNALIEV - The Songs of Orpheus
ID: GR70
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Folk Music

The Thracain folk region is the biggest and the most varied in Bulgaria. Due to its vast territory, it is naturally divided into sub-regions. In them the common musical and dialect features prevail, yet their unique usage lends specific colour to each region. In this regional variety, the Yambol region stands out with its distinctive folk music, yet few have been the singers who have managed to popularize it. That is why Gega New gladly agreed to record and release the first album of the young singer Stoyan Varnaliev. Born in 1968, Stoyan Varnaliev grew up with the songs of his native region and in particular with those of Valkana Stoyanova, a superb singer from the Yambol region, who has become a paragon of Thracian singing. The thrill with which the young singer sang her songs is easy to understand, and the experienced performer appreciated his natural talent and started working with him. Later she gave him as a present 80 of her songs, part of which she had never recorded. The pupil worthily continued the work of his teacher and the Yambol region has again a talented and characteristic representative.
The present programme will lend new life to the beauty of the Yambol folklore and will introduce to folk music lovers a performer, who has a lot to give to music.


Participating artists: Stoyan Slavov (kaval), Victor Georgiev (kaval), Krassimir Feziev (kaval), Galya Petrova (gadulka), Ivan Georgiev (bagpipe), Vladimir Vladimirov (tambura, bass)
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THEODOSII SPASSOV - TITLA

THEODOSII SPASSOV - TITLA
ID: GD272
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Folk Music

"Titla" means hard soil according to the Kostenets dialect. This is the sixth album of Theodosii Spassov, released by Gega New. He is featured here both as a performer and a composer. For those who follow the musician's development, the programme is yet another proof of his unlimited talent to improvise, to combine different styles and genres and to amaze his listeners. Just as in the previous releases, we see his cooperation here with other fellow musicians.


With the participation of:
Yildiz Ibrahimova (vocal), Theodosii Spassov (kaval, melodica, dvoyanka, vocal), Ognian Videv (guitar), Rumen Toskov (piano, bass synthesizer), Georgi Donchev (bass, gadulka), Stoyan Yankulov (tupan, percussion, tarambuka), Galina Durmushliyska (vocal), Ateshhan Yuseinov (guitar), Hristo Yotsov (percussion), Western Disricts Vocal Quartet (Pavlina Gorcheva, Slavyana Ivanova, Sofia Ilieva, Natalia Ivanova); Kiril Georgiev (percussion), Elena Dineva (vocal), Dimitar Todorov (bagpipie), Georgi Petrov (gadulka), Robert Kumbeliev (bass), Bulgarian National Radio Folk Orchestra, conducted by Hristofor Radanov; Lyubomir Vladimirov (tambura), Simeon Shterev (flute), Vesselin Ivanov (bass), Danislav Kehayov (vocal).
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MOZART - CILEA - VERDI - BELLINI - ROSSINI - PUCCINI - OGHNYAN NICOLOV, tenor

MOZART - CILEA - VERDI - BELLINI - ROSSINI - PUCCINI - OGHNYAN NICOLOV, tenor
ID: GD206
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal and Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

The CD contains some of the favourite and frequently performed tenor arias from operas by Verdi, Rossini, Puccini. Alongside with them Oghnyan Nikolov has included in the programme several duets. Having started his career in the last decade of the 20th century, Oghnyan Nikolov became famous as a master of interpreting such trying parts as Scipione, Idomeneo and Titus, all of them from operas by Mozart. An amazing balance of registers and technical skills, combined with musical talent and beautiful voice are features characteristic of the tenor, who has already become popular not only in his native country but also in a number of European opera theatres. Of special merit are his interpretations of Baroque and Early-classical music. At the same time the density of his voice enables him to perform tenor parts from operas by Verdi and Puccini, which makes the release of particular artistic value.

Participating: Elena Stoyanova (soprano), Rumyana Petrova (mezzo-soprano)
Sofia Symphony Orchestra
Boris Hinchev, conductor

Recorded in March 1999
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WALKING THROUGH STYLES

WALKING THROUGH STYLES
ID: GD348
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Guitar

Kalli Kastori graduated at the Athens Conservatory and furthered her studies with the great guitar masters: Leo Brouwer, R. Aussel, H. Kappel, David Russel in Vienna and Milano. She has given concerts as a soloist in Greece, Bulgaria, Germany, Romania, Egypt and Denmark and often performs in chamber ensembles. She conducts master classes in Greece, Denmark, Bulgaria. Kalli Kastori is well-known to the Bulgarian audience with her concerts and her participation in the release for Gega New playing duo with the guitarist Finn Svit from Denmark (GD 185).
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BELINA KOSTADINOVA - piano

BELINA KOSTADINOVA - piano
ID: GD347
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

Belina Kostadinova finished the Music School in Bourgas and graduated at the Academy of Music in Sofia. She continued her studies in Basle and Zurich (Switzerland). Her teachers there were Rudolf Buchbinder, Gerard Wyss and Homero Francesch. She has attended master classes of Alexis Weissenberg, Rudolf Buchbinder, and Paul Badura-Skoda. She has also won international prizes at the competitions of "Obretenov" and "Nenov" in Bulgaria; "The Salerno International Piano Competition" in Italy; the "Duttweiler-Hug" Prize in Switzerland.
In addition to Switzerland, which is Belina’s home base, she has performed in Bulgaria, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the United States both as a recitalist and with orchestras. She also performs frequently as a chamber musician, playing with the Trio "Latitude", and with several singers and instrumentalists.
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ROMANTIC MUSIC FOR CELLO AND PIANO

ROMANTIC MUSIC FOR CELLO AND PIANO
ID: GD346
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano and Cello

Diliana Momtchilova and Lora Tchekoratova have recorded a very interesting programme. They have chosen famous virtuosic works, some of them composed initially for violin and guitar (piano) - Paganini’s Variations, or for violin and piano - Vladigerov’s Song (actually this is the second part of Bulgarian Suite for orchestra, which was later arranged for violin and piano), or for the six-stringed instrument arpeggione - Schubert’s Sonata. The other two compositions are the original versions for cello and piano. When writing the title to his work, Brahms intentionally puts the piano before the cello, thus stressing on the equal role of the piano instrument.
Diliana Momtchilova and Lora Tchekoratova were born in Sofia. They both received their high-school education at the Lyubomir Pipkov National Music School in Sofia. In Bulgaria they studied with eminent teachers and after that they continued their studies at the Juilliard School in the USA.
Diliana Momtchilova holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School. Her principal teachers in New York were Zara Nelsova and Harvey Shapiro. She has participated in master classes led by Janos Starker, Julius Berger, Angelica May, and the Principal cellists of the New York Philharmonic Carter Brey, and Lorne Monroe.
Lora Tchekoratova, as a student of Seymour Lipkin, earned Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees thus becoming the first Bulgarian musician to hold a Doctorate from Juilliard.
Both performers have won many awards at prestigious international competitions. They perform in famous venues in the USA and Europe as soloists and chamber musicians, as well as with symphony orchestras.
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PANCHO VLADIGEROV - COMPOSITIONS

PANCHO VLADIGEROV - COMPOSITIONS
ID: GD203
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Orchestral Works
Subcollection: Orchestra

Pancho Vladigerov, a pianist, composer and pedagogue, is one of the most outstanding personalities in the history of Bulgarian musical culture. The CD is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of his birth and includes a selection of his most highly praised works. All of them are performed by the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Alexander Vladigerov, the composer's son and one of the greatest promoters of his vast creative output. All of the compositions included in the programme are from the Golden Collection of Bulgarian musical art - brilliant opuses by Vladigerov which demonstrate the vitality of his style, his mastery and invention, and his fine sense of orchestral timbres and colours.

Soloists: Svetla Slavcheva (piano), Ventseslav Nikolov (violoncello)
Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Vladigerov, conductor
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