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GEORGI MINCHEV - Concerto works for orchestra

GEORGI MINCHEV - Concerto works for orchestra
ID: GD344
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Viola

Georgi Minchev (b. 1939) is among the most renowned Bulgarian composers. His teacher was Marin Goleminov and he majored under Rodion Schedrin, Aram Hachaturian and Olivier Messiaen. His works have won awards in Europe and the USA and have been performed in Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Cuba, Columbia, Australia, Greece, Belgium, Austria, San Marino, USA, Holland, Spain, Japan, Great Britain and Finland. A great part of his compositions have been released by leading recording companies. Gega New also has released some of his works (GD 204). This new release presents the composer again and features his brilliants orchestral approach.
The music for orchestra in “Contrasts” was written upon invitation of Maestro Thomas Kalb for the Heidelberg Philharmonic Society. Its premiere was in 2002 in Heidelberg (Germany). The composer remarks about his work: “... I set myself the goal to create a piece which is masterly and bravura but at the same time emotional and poetic with different and permanently changing dynamics, tempo and character - aggressive in some places and calm in others, with powerful culminations followed by standstill noiselessness...”
“Monody and Concerto grosso” was also written by request of a famous musician - the violist Dimitar Penkov who has worked in Hannover for many years. The premiere was in Sofia in 2007. “Concert Music for Orchestra” was composed long before the other two works. It was written in 1976 by order of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Czech Radio in Prague. Its world premiere was also in Prague, in the same year.
The three compositions have been performed many times in Europe and have always aroused the interest of the audience and the reviewers.

Performed by: Dimitar Penkov - viola, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductors: Vassil Stefanov, Plamen Djouroff, Rossen Milanov
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MIROSLAV DANEV

MIROSLAV DANEV
ID: GD342
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Orchestral Works
Subcollection: Chamber Orchestra

Composer Miroslav Danev presents an interesting programme featuring works composed during 1986-2007. He writes mainly instrumental compositions - for symphony and string orchestra, chamber works for wind quintet, string quartet, sonatas, piano pieces. His works have been performed in Bulgaria and abroad (the Czech Republic, Georgia, Russia, the UK, the USA). Some of them were written specially for renowned Bulgarian musicians. A part of his compositions are published in New York by Dr. Raoul R. Ronson, President of Seesaw Music Corp.
Miroslav Danev (b. 1958) graduated from the “Pancho Vladigerov” National Academy of Music as a flutist. He attended composition classes under Prof. Marin Goleminov and Krassimir Kyurkchiisky. He took part in composition master classes under Ton de Leeuw. Since 1987 Miroslav Danev has been working as a Sound Engineer and Music Consultant at the Bulgarian National Radio’s Studio Recording Department.

Performers: Kremena Acheva - flute, Kostadin Iotzov - oboe,
Vangel Tangarov - clarinet, Yasen Teodosiev - horn, Ivanka Marinska - bassoon, Christo Christov - flute, Mario Angelov - piano, Lyudmil Nenchev - violin,
Nanko Dimitrov - violin, Ognian Konstantinov - viola, Christo Tanev - cello
Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductors: Milen Nachev, Grigor Palikarov, Georgi Andreev
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OPERATIC FAVOURITES - VANIA VATRALOVA - STANKOV - Norma - Tosca - La Traviata - Faust

OPERATIC FAVOURITES - VANIA VATRALOVA - STANKOV - Norma - Tosca - La Traviata - Faust
ID: GD341
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Opera & Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Opera voices from Bulgaria reveal their talent at all major opera stages of the world. They can be heard in the La Scala, Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera… One of these singers is Vania Vatralova-Stankov. She graduated in violin and singing at the Dobri Hristov College of Music and Arts in Varna and continued her studies in Spain at the Royal Conservatoire of Music and the Royal Opera School in Madrid. She was appointed as co-principal violin at the City of Elche Chamber Orchestra where she played as a soloist in many occasions but later on she decided to pursue fully her singing career. Her teacher, the soprano Ana Fernaud, introduced her to Bel Canto- repertoire. She has done further training and Master Classes with Renata Scotto, Montserrat Caballe, Mirella Freni and Nelly Miriccioiu, amongst others. After graduating she moved to the UK, and since then she has performed with Welsh National Opera Studio and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the title roles of operas by Donizetti, Verdi, Dvorak. Vania Vatralova-Stankov has also performed concerts and recitals throughout the UK and the rest of Europe. She has performed the major Oratorio repertoire with many orchestras, such as Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, London Gala Orchestra, Baroque Orchestra Valencia, and Madrid Players Orchestra and has worked under the baton of Alaxander Kantorov, Alex Ingram and Giorgio Leardini. She has participated in many International Festivals, such as Belcanto Festival Dordrecht (Holland), International Summer Festival in Peralada, Barcelona, Sofia Summer Days Festival and Varna International Summer Festival.
Noel Tredinnick has conducted in all the major concert venues in the UK, at the Sydney Opera House, the Conservatorium of Music in Moscow, the Sky Dome Stadium in Toronto, the Kravis Center in Palm Beach, St Michael’s Cathedral in Brussels, the Festival Hall in Varna, the City Hall in New York, Ammergauer Haus and Wieskirche in Oberammergau, to name a few. He is also Organist and Director of Music at All Souls, Langham Place, a post he combines with that of a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he teaches conducting, orchestration and musical awareness.
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Sacred Music of the Later 20th Century - Maltese Composers

Sacred Music of the Later 20th Century - Maltese Composers
ID: GR97
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Sacred Music
Subcollection: Choir

The fifth programme in this series of music by Maltese composers includes the second part of the 20th century. This is yet another period in the development of Maltese music. The recordings were made again in Malta by a Bulgarian recording staff with the support of APS bank.

Soloists: Joseph Aquilina (tenor), Alfred Camilleri (baritone), Anthony Montebello (bass)
The Jubal Mixed Voice Choir
The Jubal Orchestra
Rev. John Galea, Conductor

Recorded from 29 November to 5 December 2004 at the Porziuncola House, Malta
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Paolino Vassallo - Grande Messa

Paolino Vassallo - Grande Messa
ID: GR100
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Recorded in the Chapel of the Porziuncola House of the Franciscan Fathers, Malta, in December 2005

Paolino Vassallo was one of the most prominent Maltese composers, the first to move away consciously from the dominating Italian influence on Maltese music. After local music studies in Malta, in 1875 he left for Paris, where he remained for 10 years and continued his studies mainly with Ernest Guiraud and Jules Massenet. On his return to Malta in 1885, he founded in Valletta his extremely successful Music Institute. His students included the most important composers of the first half of the twentieth century, among them Domenico Anastasi, Giuseppe Caruana, Carlo Diacono, etc.
Vassallo composed both sacred and non-sacred music. His three operas, where Massenet’s example is quite evident, are very popular.
A concert version of the Grande Messa was first performed in the hall of the Public Library, Valletta, in 1889. He started working on the work while still in France. The music is richly melodious, with opulent orchestration. The soloists are treated predominantly as an ensemble group rather that as individuals and the Messa is dignified, grandiose and full of religious feelings.
The present release is again a result of the cooperation between APS Bank and Gega New Music House, an initiative which led to releasing seven CDs with Maltese music of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.
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PIRIN FOLK SONGS

PIRIN FOLK SONGS
ID: GD1727
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Folk Music

The Macedonian folk songs are a phenomenon in the tradition of three Balkan states: Greece, Macedonia and Bulgaria. Despite the state boundaries, the songs from Aegean, Vardar and Pirin Macedonia go far beyond them and are sung and listened to with equal success everywhere. Doubtless is the fact that in Bulgaria they are the closest to the original, without the influence of the other folk regions. Although in the Pirin region these songs live together with more ancient and primitive models, they differ greatly from them in terms of mode and melody. And this release of Gega New features the best characteristics of the Macedonian vocal tradition: a rich rhythmic and metric palette, broad tonal volume, ornamentation and melodic line, close to the culture of the city type. Special mentioning deserves the contribution of dozens of performers for the preservation of the special vocal manner which is compulsory for these songs. That is why this CD is valuable not only for the pearls of Macedonian music included in it but also for the interpretation of the most remarkable singers and instrumentalists, known and loved far beyond the boundaries of Bulgaria.

Performed by: Vessela and Lyuben Bojkov, Ignat Videnov, Gotse Delchev Ensemble - Sofia, Atanaska Dimitrova and Dimitar Kolarov, Gancho Nikolov, Kostadin Gougov, Folk Song Ensemble - Razlog, Maria Tomova and Zhivka Gavrilova, Folk Ensemble - Sandanski, Lyubka Rondova, Emil Ristoskov, Ilia Argirov, Angel Mitrev
Accompanied by: Kiril Traikov (tamboura), Orchestra of the Radio and TV Centre - Blagoevgrad, Gotse Delchev Ensemble - Sofia
Conductors: Kiril Ivanov, Hristofor Radanov, Lyuben Tachev, Emil Kolev, Nikola Vaklinov, Metodi Lozanski, Kosta Kolev, Ivan Marin
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PIETRO PAOLO BUGEJA - MESSA SOLENNE - SINFONIA

PIETRO PAOLO BUGEJA - MESSA SOLENNE - SINFONIA
ID: GR92
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Sacred Music
Subcollection: Choir

This is the ninth compact disc issued as a result of the initiative of APS Bank of Malta to record a series of CDs with sacred music composed by Maltese composers (released on the Gega New label). The previous CDs presented works of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. This release takes us back to the 19th century and to one of Malta’s most prominent composers - Pietro Paolo Bugeja. He had initial musical studies in Malta and then went on to Naples to continue them in the Concervatorio di Saint ’Onofrio a Capuana between 1791 and 1797. It was in Naples that he wrote his first grand mass for the liturgy of St. Ivo’s Church. In 1798 he returned to Malta and was assistant to Francesco Azopardi, metrolpolitan maestro di capella at St. John’s Cathedral in Valletta. On Azopardi’s death he was selected to succeed him as maestro both of Mdina Cathedral and St. John’s Cathedral.
Bugeja was a composer, conductor and teacher. This versatile activity contributed a lot to the development of his style as a composer.
Pietro Paolo Bugeja wrote Messa solenne in 1827, mainly to be performed in the Cathedral. A very important element of the Messa solenne is its concise form. It was one of the 19th century’s best-known works. Besides it Bugeja also composed four funeral masses, 20 medium masses, 30 psalms, diverse hymns, antiphons and responses. His orchestral works include 9 sinfonie, probably written for church use, since contemporary norm required a sinfonia to precede important liturgical rites. For this purpose, Bugeja also utilized the sinfonia composed for his oratorio Gioas re di Guida - a large-scale orchestral work, written in the ‘seria’ style. According to Professor Richard Divall of the Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne, “the music of Pietro Paolo Bugeja is unjustly neglected, for the standard of his vocal and orchestral writing is very fine indeed. Stylistically Bugeja looks both back in time to the neo classicism of Gluck, with whom he has a stylistic affinity, and forward to the music of Spontini.”

SINFONIA in re maggiore from the oratorio Gioas re di Giuda
Performers: Anita Vella Bondin - soprano, Connie Francis Zerafa - mezzo soprano, Joseph Aquilina - tenor, Anthony Montebello - bass, The Mirabitur Choir, The Jubal Orchestra, Rev. John Galea - conductor

Recorded by Gega New in Malta
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Antonio Nani - Messa in onore di S. Paolo Nafrago (Messa del Naufrago)

Antonio Nani - Messa in onore di S. Paolo Nafrago (Messa del Naufrago)
ID: GR04
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Recorded on 1st-2nd December 2008 in the Chapel of the Porziuncola House of
the Franciscan Fathers, Bahar ic-Caghaq, Malta.

Antonio Nani’s Messa is the tenth programme of the series with Maltese music released by Gega New with the support of APS Bank, Malta. The album adds to the selection of Maltese composers and acquaints us with a very interesting composer. Similar to most of the writers before him, Nani was also influenced by Italian musical culture and during the greater part of his life he lived and worked in Napoli. He has written operas, symphony music, messas. He was strongly influenced by Romanticism. Some of his most popular works are: Messa in onore di S. Paolo Naufrago, Messa da requiem, Responsori dei morti and the three magnificent operas Zorilla, Agnese Visconti ? I cavalieri di Malta.
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SCHUMANN - Recital - M. BOURGUE, oboe and oboe d'amore / J.-B. POMMIER, piano

SCHUMANN - Recital - M. BOURGUE, oboe and oboe d'amore / J.-B. POMMIER, piano
ID: GM701
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Piano

Recorded in: La Maison de la musique de la ferte St. Aubin (Loiret, France) in 2000

GEGA NEW Music House has begun working in collaboration with the Swiss music organisation MUSIKÈ, founded on the initiative of Jean-Bernard Pommier and a group of musicians.
The first release of this series is a recording of Maurice Bourgue (oboe) and Jean-Bernard Pommier (piano).
Maurice Bourgue is one of today's leading oboists. He has won major international prizes and performs with the world's most prestigious orchestras and distinguished conductors: Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, etc. He also regularly conducts orchestras. As a soloist and chamber performer he has recorded for EMI, Decca, Nimbus, and many other well-known recording companies. In addition to his career as a musician, Mr. Bourgue is also a highly respected teacher. He holds permanent teaching positions in Paris and Geneva, and gives master classes in Budapest, Hanover, Moscow…
Jean-Bernard Pommier is renowned the world over as a pianist and conductor. He studied the piano under famous pedagogues and later joined E. Bigot's and E. Istomin's conducting classes. He is the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He has played with the greatest orchestras and conductors and worked in collaboration with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Herbert von Karajan. An outstanding chamber player, he regularly performs with Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Christian Ferras, the Guarneri and Vermeer Quartets, and many other famous musicians. Alongside his career as a pianist, Mr. Pommier is an increasingly busy conductor, and is invited by the most prestigious orchestras in Europe and the USA. He has recorded for Erato, Virgin, EMI... He has notably recorded the complete Mozart and Beethoven Sonatas, the Bach Toccatas and Inventions, Chopin's Waltzes, etc.
This first release will be followed by future interesting programmes, resulting from the collaboration of Gega New and Musikè.
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SHARENO HORO with NESHKO NESHEV

SHARENO HORO with NESHKO NESHEV
ID: GD305
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Folk Music

The emergence and popularization of the accordion in Bulgaria dates from the beginning of the twentieth century, but by the 1930s it already became widely spread as a solo instrument, or as an instrument in small groups. There were well-known accordionists playing in instrumental groups for folk music. Today the accordion is a part of the festive celebrations in Bulgaria and there are many virtuosic players of this instrument. An accordionist of remarkable gifts who has attracted the attention of connoisseurs of instrumental folk music since 1980 is Neshko Neshev. His name is connected with the Trakia Orchestra, which was founded by him and the clarinet player Ivo Papazov (Ibryama) in 1975. With the Trakia Orchestra he toured Asia, the Americas, Australia, and Europe. He has won prestigious awards, among them first prize in the accordionists competition in Finland (1985) and a commendation from the World Music Institute (USA, 1999).
Being a professional authority on the various folk regions in Bulgaria, Neshko Neshev bases his own music on Bulgarian folk idioms, and his composition Belomorska Suite was awarded first prize in the competition of the Bratislava Radio in 1984.

Performed by: Neshko Neshev (accordion), Matyo Dobrev (kaval), Vassil Denev (guitar, bass guitar, key instruments), Salif Ali (Sasho) - (percussion), “Eva” Quartet (Gergana Dimitrova, Sofia Kovacheva, Evelina Hristova, Daniela Stoichkova), conducted by Milen Ivanov
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