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TRIO "BULGARKA-PENEV" - FOLK SONGS

TRIO "BULGARKA-PENEV" - FOLK SONGS
ID: GD171
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Folk Music

Trio "Bulgarka-Penev" has undertaken the ambitious task to represent the vocal variety of Bulgarian musical folklore. Snejana Borissova, Maya Dencheva and Stoyanka Boneva, together with composer Dimiter Penev lead us brilliantly through the Shoppe region, Thrace, the Pirin Mountains region, North Bulgaria, Strandja and the Rhodope Mountains. The songs are now jocular, now playful, now drawling and lyrical. The three singers are from different folk regions: Snejana Borissova is from the Shoppe region, Maya Dencheva comes from North Bulgaria and Stoyanka Boneva from the Pirin Mountains. The credit for the unity of the three different styles of performance, for the covering of other fascinating folk regions goes to Dimiter Penev. His compositional approach is as close as possible to the original version of each song. And the matching partnership of the musicians from the Bolyari Orchestra increases the feeling for a multi-coloured home-woven rug with its unique colours and patterns.
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SOFIA "MADRIGAL" CHOIR - Monteverdi - Gesualdo - Schütz - STOYAN KRALEV, conductor

SOFIA "MADRIGAL" CHOIR - Monteverdi - Gesualdo - Schütz - STOYAN KRALEV, conductor
ID: GD174
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Baroque
Subcollection: Choir

The CD includes works by famous composers from the epoch of late-Renaissance and Baroque. Claudio Monteverdi, the creator of the first important operas in the history of Europe's art of music, is represented by eight works. The songs and the psalms performed by the Sofia Madrigal Choir, specialised in the interpretation of Renaissance and Baroque music, demonstrate not only Monteverdi's exceptional ability to develop polyphonic compositions but also his mastery of the new emotional style strongly influenced by Italian folklore. Secular or sacred, these works are imbued with a sincere emotion and with the humanistic spirit of the time. They demonstrate a new attitude towards the text set to music and the melodic invention of Monteverdi, who lived and worked in the second half of the 16th and the first half of the 17th centuries. Carlo Gesulado, his near contemporary, also created models of madrigal art, sparkling with creative wit and invention, featuring virtuosity and poetry. And next to them ranks the German composer Heinrich Schutz, who laid the foundations of the Baroque style in German music. He is the author of many remarkable sacred works - passions, masses, madrigals, an opera, one ballet, vocal and instrumental opuses. The CD contains some of his secular songs, admirable for their melodiousness and beautiful vocal texture.


Soloists: Vanilia Kissyova (soprano), Nikolina Pankova (soprano), Assya Ivanova (soprano), Alis Bovarian (alto), Valentin Vassilev (tenor), Konstantin Marinski (bass), Stoyanka Slavova (harpsichord, spinet, organ), Vesselina Korchakova (spinet), Angel Stankov (violin), Yossif Radionov (violin), Bogomil Karakonov (cello), Nikolai Tonev (lute)
Stoyan Kralev, conductor
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APOSTOL NIKOLAEV-STROUMSKY - Liturgy

APOSTOL NIKOLAEV-STROUMSKY - Liturgy
ID: GD178
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Sacred Music
Subcollection: Cathedral Choir

Prof. Stoyan Kralev is the founder of the Madrigal Choir, whose main objective is to popularise Renaissance and Baroque vocal art, as well as to present the most valuable pieces of Bulgarian and Slavic church singing. The Liturgy in this CD includes basic and traditional chants, arranged according to the canons of East-Orthodox Christianity. The fourteen parts are brilliant choral arrangements by Apostol Nikolaev-Stroumsky based on ages-old melodies and liturgical texts from the respective moments of the religious service. A long-standing chorus-master of the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Nikolaev-Stroumsky harmonized the old tunes with much taste and creative attitude. The Liturgy breathes spiritual elevation and purity, and devotion to God. The choir and the soloists interpret the style of the work with mastery and inspiration.
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ORGANS IN BULGARIA

ORGANS IN BULGARIA
ID: GD182
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Organ Collection
Subcollection: Organ

For two decades now organist Velin Iliev has established and developed the organ art in Bulgaria. A magnificent interpreter of old and contemporary music, in his CD he presents several different organ schools and styles, starting with Clerambault's Suite du deuxieme ton, through Bach, Cesar Franck (19th c.), to Lionel Rogg, Professor at the Geneva Conservatoire, author of instrumental and choral music. Velin Iliev made the recordings in Sofia, Varna and Dobrich, where the famous German Schuke Orgelbau Factory built organs. Thus the 1970 saw the revival of interest towards the organ, an instrument which is not so characteristic of the Eastern Slavs and the East Orthodox religion. Together with some of his colleague-organists Velin Iliev laid the foundations of the Bulgarian organ school thus attaining a great objective - to bring the Bulgarian music lovers closer to the values of the old organ music tradition. In the course of several seasons he organised the extensive series "Organ Metamorphoses", where he po
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KABA TRIO RHODOPEA - PIRIN FOLK SONGS

KABA TRIO RHODOPEA - PIRIN FOLK SONGS
ID: GD183
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Folk Music

Three rich-voiced singers change our ideas about the capacities of women's voices: deep altos, rich in timbre and mastered to perfection. Each one of the three is a prominent solo performer with a rich authentic repertoire. By uniting their voices into songs it is as if they confirm the legend about the mythical Orpheus, born in the Rhodope Mountains.
The Rhodope songs are free, calm in the pentatonic which is characteristic of this region only, with prevailing love subjects. The singers from Rhodopea Kaba Trio illustrate to the best the song folklore of their native region. The composers' intervention has only enhanced the melodic characteristics of each of the songs without altering its authentic basis.
The improvisations of Evelina Balcheva (a celebrated jazz-singer) and the trio introduce yet another curious detail in the overall traditional sounding. These are masterfully shaped out improvisations, showing some popular folk songs in a new, even exotic light.


KABA TRIO RHODOPEA
Christina Lyutova, Verginia Ovcharova, Mariana Pavlova
Improvisation and vocal: Ivelina Balcheva
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PIRIN FOLK SONGS-VESSELA AND LYUBEN BOJKOV

PIRIN FOLK SONGS-VESSELA AND LYUBEN BOJKOV
ID: GD186
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Folk Music

The Vessela and Lyuben Bojkov duet made their first recordings in the 1980s and quickly won recognition. Up to that time Vessela grew up with her father's songs. (Lyuben Bojkov is a famous folk singer who enjoys an active concert career and has numerous recordings.) The beautiful voices of both father and daughter and their excellent ensemble performance rank them among the leading Bulgarian folk singers. Their repertoire ranges from lyrical love and sad immigrant songs to merry everyday tunes and songs performed at the table. The release features some of their most popular songs which are the most eloquent illustration of the combination between rhythm and metre from the authentic Pirin folk music and the European melodies and harmony. This is what turns the music of Pirin Macedonia into a bridge thrown between the distant past and the present day, between the different folk regions in Bulgaria.
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NA TRAPEZA - T. SPASSOV, kaval - N.ILIEV, clarinet: Bulgarian folk music and improvisations

NA TRAPEZA - T. SPASSOV, kaval - N.ILIEV, clarinet: Bulgarian folk music and improvisations
ID: GD207
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Folk Music

A chance meeting thousands of kilometers away from Bulgaria provoked this abundance of sounds and ideas, this musical "conspiracy" between two musicians belonging to two different generations yet equally sharing their love for the traditional Bulgarian folk music. This meeting gave birth to the programme entitled Nа Trapeza.
Nikola Iliev belongs to that generation of musicians who grew up with the music of the wedding orchestras. Together with this, he received classical music education, first at the Plovdiv School of Music and after that, at the State Academy of Music in Sofia as pupil of Prof. Petko Radev (a soloist of long standing in the Milan La Scala and the Sofia Philharmonic). Theodosii Spassov, on the other hand, graduated from the School of Folk Singing in Kotel and from the Academy for Music and Dance Arts in Plovdiv. The two performers are representatives of two different systems of education and schools of playing! And while Nikola Iliev introduces in traditional music the classical sound-production (the clarinetists from the older generation play with an open tone, reminiscent of the bagpipe and the zurna) and elements from the European form-building, Theodosii Spassov follows the same process, yet in the reverse direction - from the pure, unsophisticated folk music to jazz, pop music and even to classical musical forms.
Na Trapeza is a unique professional achievement because of the spontaneity of the idea and its practical realization, the incredible synchrony in the two performers' musical ideas and the brilliant improvisations. The uniqueness of the release lies in the fact that the musicians have never rehearsed or discussed the music they perform. The recorded melodies date as far back as their childhood although they have never played together. Moreover, the traditional accompanying band has also been excluded. The two players take turns in the performance of the leading melody and harmony
Na Trapeza is like a reunion between friends, who have not seen each other for a long time and have too many things to share!


Theodosii Spassov - kaval; Nikola Iliev - clarinet
Special guest: Todor Todorov (vocals)

Recorded in the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Bulgarian Church, New York, January 1999
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CANCIONES SEPHARADICAS - Alta, alta es la luna

CANCIONES SEPHARADICAS - Alta, alta es la luna
ID: GD210
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

The famous Bulgarian composer Jules Levy has adapted for voice and piano several Sephardic songs (the songs of the Jews who lived in Spain and Portugal). Banished from there in the 15th century they settled in different parts of Eastern Europe, in particular in Bulgaria. Jules Levy, a Sephardic Jew himself, has transformed skillfully the melodies, lyrical and dancing in character, into wonderful musical creations. These are songs of love, youth, beauty, songs which have been carried from generation to generation through the centuries.
The programme includes nineteen songs, performed in Ladino. Each of them is memorable because of the lovely interpretation of the two performers, and the taste and mastership with which they recreate the character and the moods that are mostly amorous-nostalgic but also lively and vivacious. This CD documents part of an original folk legacy.

Julia Milanova-Steiner, soprano
Nina Aladjem, piano

Recorded in Bulgaria Concert Hall, Sofia, July 1999
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MUSICA SLAVICA - Neva KRYSTEVA, organ

MUSICA SLAVICA - Neva KRYSTEVA, organ
ID: GD225
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Organ Collection
Subcollection: Organ

The works included in this release form a brief anthology of organ music by Slavic composers. While the organ was quick to establish its overall presence in the Catholic and Protestant liturgical tradition, East Orthodox music rejects the use of instruments in general. This explains the presentation of the early epoch of organ music in this programme by Polish and Czech Slavic composers mainly, who, belonging to the Catholic tradition, took part in the historic development of European music, lending some regional characteristics to it. The organ was introduced into the works of other Slavic composers during the 20th century, mainly in secular music. The selection for the present CD was made by Neva Krysteva, who is Professor of Polyphony at the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music, Sofia, a theorist of music, and a composer. Ms. Krysteva has given concerts throughout Europe and Asia. Being a performer of an extensive repertoire, she includes Baroque and Romantic music in her programmes, as well as 20th-century works. A number of compositions have been written especially for her and have been dedicated to her. She is founder of the Bulgarian organ school and many of her students perform throughout the world.
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PETKO RADEV, clarinet, MARIA PRINZ, piano

PETKO RADEV, clarinet, MARIA PRINZ, piano
ID: GD226
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano and Clarinet

Petko Radev is a phenomenon in the musical performing art of Bulgaria. For several decades now he has managed, thanks to his talent and impressing experience, to stay at the summit of performance as clarinetist. Together with the pianist Maria Prinz, another perfect musician, he presents in this CD a selected programme interpreted with taste, which begins with the splendid Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Brahms. In it the artistic class of the duo stands out. The CD ends with the remarkable piece of the Bulgarian composer and bassoonist Marin Valtchanov. Petko Radev makes an exceptionally strong impression with his highly individual manner of phrasing and sound expression, as well as with the beauty and the specific melodiousness of the tone - mild, subtle and expressive. He has mastered to perfection the secrets of his instrument and this permits him to create a picturesque, emotional, temperamental music. This kind of music cannot be forgotten. The sonatas by Brahms and Poulenc demonstrate the artistic freedom and interpreting skills of Petko Radev and his partner. Maria Prinz matches her part with the clarinet with a lot of taste and precision, without imposing but at the same time attracting delicately the interest towards the piano.
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