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CHARAKCHIEVA, Ruzhka - Interprets

   Found CDs: 3


ID: GD211
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

The Bulgarian public already knows the violinist Sergiu Schwartz and a number of young violinists have received priceless advice during his master classes. Mr. Schwartz was born in Romania but now lives in Florida, USA. He is a pupil of the Bucharest School of Music, of Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv, of Guildhall School of Music in London and Juilliard School in New York, and is one of the most successful violinists, invited to perform with the most famous orchestras and at prestigious festivals. In this recording he plays on the ex Wilhelmi Lorenzo Storioni violin, made in Cremona in 1780. The idea to bring together some of the most loved both by the public and the performers compositions for violin from the 19th century is accomplished masterly by Sergiu Schwartz and Ruzhka Charakchieva who form a magnificent ensemble. Especially strong is their interpretation of the big sonatas by Brahms - No. 3 in D minor, and by Cesar Franck - in A major, which are basic for every well-known violinist. Dominating in them are the style and the mastered emotion, typical for these composers. At the same time there is a feeling of stability and getting deep to the heart of the message of these works. Sergiu Schwartz has a very beautiful, warm, expressive tone, whose vibrations are in harmony with the emotional content of the performed music. In each virtuoso piece, Schwartz and Charaktchieva emphasize the diversity of ideas and the strength of their personalities as musicians, perfectly synchronized in this programme.

Sergiu Schwartz, violin, Ruzhka Charakchieva, piano
Recorded in Bulgaria Concert Hall, June 1999
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ID: GD136
CDs: 1
Type: CD

1 - 7 recorded in GATEWAY Studio, London 8 - 13 recorded in BULGARIA Concert Hall, Sofia

Devorina Gamalova was born in Bulgaria in 1965 and studied violin at the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music in Sofia. Later she moved to the UK and studied violin and viola (Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music). Presently she performs as soloist and chamber musician, takes part in the Yehudi Menuhin's Live Music Now Scheme, and teaches violin and viola at South Downs College, Chichester Institute of Higher Education, Goldsmith's College, and Purcell School.
Ruzhka Charakchieva graduated the Music School for Gifted Children in Sofia and the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music. She gave her first recital when she was nine and at eleven she made her concerto debut. She continued her studies in Moscow and Vienna, and was prize-winner at the International Robert Shumann Competition in Germany, the George Enescu Competition in Romania, etc. Along with her work as Professor at the Sofia Academy of Music, she has an active performing career in solo, concerto and chamber music all over the world.
Peter Rhodes studied music at the University of Durham and Jesus College, Cambridge, and later with the great Polish pianist Ryszard Bakst at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In addition to many solo engagements, he has specialised in operatic and instrumental accompaniment, giving major recitals with artists such as Dame Kiri te Kanawa and Benjamin Luxon. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Music at South Down College in Hampshire.
The album also includes the only remaining recording of the Bulgarian violinist Blagorodna Badeva (1963-1995), which was tape-recorded at her home. Despite the lack of orchestral accompaniment and the very limited equipment, her interpretation of Mozart is remarkable.
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ID: GD191
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Traditional
Subcollection: Folk Music

Nikolai Kaufmann is not only among the most adept Bulgarian musical scholars, a folklorist who has dedicated his life to the preservation, classification, tracing down and popularising the enormous national legacy, but also a composer who has created hundreds of songs - choral, solo, folk-song arrangements, as well as chamber-instrumental works. The CD presents Kaufmann's multi-faced talent with a varied selection of his works. Together with the Three dances (for piano) from "Anthology of Bulgarian Rhythms" and the Dilmano, Dilbero Variations for Piano, one can also hear two pieces for flute and piano, all of them based on Bulgarian metres and rhythms. The release also includes Kaufmann's arrangements of Sephardic and Ashkenazi songs from the Balkans, masterfully re-created by the author as splendid pieces. Folk-music lovers will relish the folk songs from different regions in Bulgaria.

Performing artists: Radka Aleksova, Yanka Rupkina, Kalinka Vulcheva, Maria Kaufmann (flute), Evgenia Simeonova (piano), Lyubomir Dyakovski, Yildiz Ibrahimova, Siika Zdravkova, Ginka Georgieva, Ruzhka Charakchieva (piano)
Bulgarian National Radio Folk Choir, Severnyashki Folk Ensemble - Pleven, Polyphonia Ladies' Choir, Vassil Arnaudov Ladies' Choir, Alteratsia Mixed Choir, Thracian Folk Ensemble - Yambol
Conductors: Lyudmila Gerova, Dora Hristova, Krassimir Kyurkchiiski, Ivan Vulev, Ivelin Dimitrov, Irina Shtiglich, Maria Markusheva, Kiril Todorov, Iliana Ilieva
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