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IVAN PETROV-IOCHAN - Orthodox Liturgy - Christi Geburt 2000

IVAN PETROV-IOCHAN - Orthodox Liturgy - Christi Geburt 2000
ID: GD237
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Sacred MusicSubkolektion: Choir

Christ's birth is one of the most glorious Christian holidays. The holiday church service within the Orthodox tradition is accompanied with very beautiful chants. The works performed are usually by anonymous authors or Bulgarian and Russian composers from the end of 19th and the beginning of 20th centuries. In most cases they know thoroughly the exigencies of the church canon. That is the reason for this music to have such a purifying effect not only on the believers but on the admirers of good music too. For all of them is the release dedicated to the 2000 anniversary of Christ's birth, containing music by Ivan Petrov-Iochan. The liturgy is created by a contemporary composer, which is an exceptionally rare phenomenon for the work of the Bulgarian composers from the end of the 20th century. One must have courage to interfere in such a delicate and severely canonical matter. Besides, one needs serious training, profound knowledge and a sense of proportion to feel to what extent to use secular intonations. Therefore the connoisseurs of Orthodox musical tradition will be pleasantly surprised by the skill of Ivan Petrov-Iochan, who combines the exigencies of the Orthodox Church with elements of the secular vocal music. The education the composer received at the Seminary and the Theological Academy in Sofia, and his practice in the most famous Bulgarian choirs (the Svetoslav Obretenov Bulgarian Philharmonic Choir, Joan Kukuzel Angeloglasniat, Gusla, Kaval, the choir to the Alexander Nevsky Memorial Cathedral, the choir of the Opera Theatre in Sofia, etc.) are the base on which he builds up his work. The sound is very authentic, thanks to the exclamations and the chime of the bells, as in a true holiday liturgy.


Soloists: Ivan Petrov-Iochan (bass), Nikola Ghiuselev (bass), Nikolina Pankova (soprano), Noi Nikolov (tenor), Alexandrina Milcheva (mezzo-soprano)
Exaltations: Ivan Petrov-Iochan, Noi Nikolov
Bells: Maria Zabova-Petrova

Members of the Svetoslav Obretenov National Philharmonic Choir
Georgi Robev, conductor
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BULGARIAN CHORAL ART - Vol. 2

BULGARIAN CHORAL ART - Vol. 2
ID: GD270
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Choral CollectionSubkolektion: 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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BULGARIAN CHORAL ART - Vol. 1

BULGARIAN CHORAL ART - Vol. 1
ID: GD244
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Choral CollectionSubkolektion: Choir

The present programme is the first of a series of three albums, featuring the development and achievement of academic choral art in Bulgaria. The release contains a compilation of performances of Bulgarian choirs, starting with the children's, through the female, chamber, mixed, and ending with the male choirs. The earliest recording in the release was made in 1965. All choirs have received international awards from prestigious choir competitions and festivals. The achievements of the choirs are closely connected with the achievements of Bulgarian choir music. Many talented composers work in this genre and their works have become emblematic. The present release also presents the Bulgarian composers' school with its different stages of development. The booklet text offers detailed information about the recordings included, as well as the lyrics to the songs.

Performers: Bulgarian National Radio Mixed Choir, Bodra Smyana Choir, soloist M. Kalinkova, Children's Choir - Dobrich, Sofia Boys' Choir, Detska Kitka Choir - Plovdiv, Bulgarian National Radio Children's Choir, Hristina Morfova Female Choir, Polyphonia Chamber Choir, Vassil Arnaudov Sofia Chamber Choir, Lubomir Pipkov Sofia Chamber Choir, Female Choir of the Higher Institute of Music and Pedagogy - Plovdiv, St. Cyril and Methodius New Academic Choir, Dobrudjanski Zvutsi Mixed Choir - Dobrich, Rodina Mixed Choir - Rousse, Morski Zvutsi Mixed Choir - Varna, Harmonia Mixed Choir, Saint Sofia Mixed Choir, Kaval Male Choir, soloist Mincho Popov, Emanuil Manolov Male Choir - Gabrovo, Sofia Male Choir, Gousla Male Choir

Conductors: Mihail Milkov, Boncho Bochev, Lilyana Bocheva, Zahari Mednikarov, Adriana Blagoeva, Zlatina Deliradeva, Hristo Nedyalkov, Lilia Gyuleva, Ivelin Dimitrov, Theodora Pavlovitch, Vassil Arnaudov, Krikor Chetinian, Petya Pavlovitch, Marin Chonev, Hristo Arishtirov, Valentin Bobevski, Vassil Stefanov

Piano accompaniment: Natalia Gesheva, Dora Slavcheva, Nikola Dyulgerov
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BULGARIAN CHORAL ART - Vol. 3

BULGARIAN CHORAL ART - Vol. 3
ID: GD301
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Choral CollectionSubkolektion: Choir

Bulgarian choral art is known the world over. On their tours abroad, Bulgarian choirs are always met with the approval of the audience. The third CD of the series BULGARIAN CHORAL ART features performances of choirs which are laureates of international competitions. These are studio and live recordings made within a period of 30 years, thus presenting a review of choral art development in Bulgaria. The program includes mainly 20th-century songs, composed chiefly by Bulgarian authors. Many of the pieces were written specially for the choir which performs them.
It is impossible to present in one release all choirs which have won awards at prestigious international competitions. This will continue in the next releases of the series, published with the assistance of the Bulgarian Choirs Union.
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PETKO STAINOV - COMPOSITIONS

PETKO STAINOV - COMPOSITIONS
ID: GD259
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Choral CollectionSubkolektion: Choir

The first half of the 20th century marks the appearance of a number of talented and prolific composers and musicians in Bulgarian musical culture. One of them is Petko Stainov (1986-1977) - a composer, pedagogue, and musical activist. Petko Stainov was born in Kazanlak, which was then famous for its music traditions. After hurting one of his eyes, he lost his sight completely when he was 11. In 1915 he graduated from the Institute for the Blind in Sofia. Then he studied piano with Andrei Stoyanov and made his early attempts at recording. He furthered his studies in Germany and after returning to Bulgaria played an active part in the country's music life. His first major work was the Thracian Dances symphonic suite in three movements (1925). Later he added an additional movement to the suite, Mechkarsko (The Bear's Dance, 1926). His other works include the symphonic poems A Legend (1927), and Thrace (1937), the symphonic suite A Fairy Tale (1930), Symphonic Scherzo (1930), two symphonies (1945 and 1949), etc. Along with his symphonic work, he also created remarkable choral pieces - from songs for different choral formations up to large-scope dramatic ballads. In both genres he adapted the expressive means of the European musical tradition to the Bulgarian vision of the world. He thus created a musical style of his own combining in a perfect manner Bulgarian rhythm and tunes with European musical trends
The present release features some of the composer's symphonic and choral works, recorded by the best Bulgarian orchestras and choirs.
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Vassil Arnaudov and Sofia Chamber Choir - Bulgarian Composers

Vassil Arnaudov  and Sofia Chamber Choir - Bulgarian Composers
ID: GD284
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Choral CollectionSubkolektion: Choir

The conductor Vassil Arnaudov is an example of high musical culture and mastership in the development of Bulgarian conductor art. Even today, 12 years after his death, we still remember his top achievements. During his creative art he visited many places in Bulgaria so as to help a lot of conductors and choirs. He passed his knowledge with deep love to his students, and a number of them have become famous choir conductors. His greatest achievement is with the Sofia Chamber Choir and the “Rodina” Choir in Rousse. Part of the magnificent performances of the Sofia Chamber Choir have been included in the present release, which is dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Vassil Arnaudov’s birth. The programme features Bulgarian composers, whom the conductor had a great respect for. His collaboration with different composers has often provoked the creation of works specially written for the Sofia Chamber Choir. Admirers of choral singing will find some of them in the present release.
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SACRED MUSIC OF THE 19TH CENTURY BY MALTESE COMPOSERS - Vol. 2

SACRED MUSIC OF THE 19TH CENTURY BY MALTESE COMPOSERS - Vol. 2
ID: GR96
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Sacred MusicSubkolektion: Choir

The musical culture of Malta is almost unknown in Bulgaria. With its series of music by Maltese composers, Gega New allows music lovers to get acquainted with it. The first CD with 19th century sacred music paved the way for future collaboration in this big project between Gega New and APS bank, Malta. As a result, two programmes followed with 20th century and 18th century music.
The present release continues the series with one of the most productive periods in the development of Maltese music culture. The recordings were made 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 Male Choir and Orchestra
Rev. John Galea, conductor
Recorded in May 2004 at the Seminary, Rabat, Malta
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Sacred Music Of The 18th Century

Sacred Music Of The 18th Century
ID: GR95
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subkolektion: Liturgy

This is the third CD of the series by Maltese composers that Gega New has started to release. The first two programmes contain sacred works from the 19th century (GR 88) and the beginning of the 20th century (GR 94). The present CD features earlier, 18th century works and sacred music also prevails here. Listeners will have the chance to appreciate the splendid works of Maltese composers. The successful cooperation of Gega New with APS Bank, Malta, thanks to which the three programmes have been recorded, will continue in future. Another CD is to be released, which will contain the second volume of music by 19th century Maltese composers. All recordings have been made by Bulgarian technical staff and equipment in historic cathedrals in Malta .
Soloists: Gillian Zammit (soprano), Claire Massa (contralto), Joseph Aquilina (tenor), Anthony Montebello (bass) The Jubal Mixed Choir and Orchestra
Rev. John Galea, conductor
Recorded at the Seminary in Rabat, Malta, May 2004
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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
Kolektion: Sacred MusicSubkolektion: 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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MNOGAYA LETA

MNOGAYA LETA
ID: GD313
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Sacred MusicSubkolektion: 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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