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Orthodox Wedding Ceremony - and New-Year Service

Orthodox Wedding Ceremony - and New-Year Service
ID: GD142
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Voices

As a continuation of GEGA NEW's idea to present troparia and chants from the Passion Week common in the practice of East-Orthodox community, Miroslav Popsavov has selected in this programme some of the most typical for the New-Year service chants related to the wedding ceremony. The psalms glorifying God and Jesus Christ are arranged in the order required by the canons. Most of the melodies, of ancient origin, have been arranged by Russian and Bulgarian composers. The most popular among them are Mnogoletie (For Many Years) and Dostoino est (Meet It Is), which have also become concerto pieces in the repertoire of the Slavic male choirs. The CD is of interest for everybody who would want to look into the world of Orthodox music, the ancient roots of which are in the Byzantine chant and service. Later on, in Church-Slavonic singing there were not only transferred canons, troparia and various jubilation modulae, but new chants were also created on the basis of Bolgarskii rospev and the so called znamenii chant, elements of which are present in some of the works included in this release.
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Alexander Grechanikov - Vespers Liturgy, Op. 59

Alexander Grechanikov - Vespers Liturgy, Op. 59
ID: GD158
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Liturgy

Gretschaninov: Vespers Liturgy, Op. 59

3 - Soloists: M. Vassileva - mezzosoprano
B. Spirov - tenor
S. Atanassov - bass
9 - Soloists: Y. Ilieva - alto
S. Atanassov - bass
I. Tsaneva - mezzo-soprano
B. Spirov - tenor
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JOSEPH HAYDN - Die sieben letzten - Worte unsers - erlosers am Kreuze - ANIMATO Mixed Choir

JOSEPH HAYDN - Die sieben letzten - Worte unsers - erlosers am Kreuze - ANIMATO Mixed Choir
ID: GD128
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Sacred Music
Subcollection: Choir

Recorded live in Bulgaria Concert Hall, Sofia, April 14, 1998

The CD offers to cult-music lovers a gem from the work of Joseph HAYDN, popular mainly for his symphonies, concertos and two oratorios. The great Austrian has been connected with sacred music since childhood as choir-member and soloist of the famous boys' choir of the St. Stephen Cathedral in Vienna in the course of ten years. Among his numerous religious compositions was the orchestral work, commissioned for the consecration of the church in Cadiz, Spain, and later revised into a vocal-instrumental opus for soloists, choir and orchestra. It is for this reason that its separate parts bear purely instrumental names, "Sonata". Each of them begins with the Saviour's words on the cross. The work ends with the brief yet shattering Terremoto, depicting the earthquake after Christ's death. The recording was made under the baton of French conductor Guy CONDETTE, Music Director of the Limoges Opera Theatre and Philharmonic who has toured with most famous French, German, Austrian, Italian, Spanish, etc. orchestras and opera theatres.
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Nicola Ghiuselev - Orthodox Chants

Nicola Ghiuselev - Orthodox Chants
ID: GD201
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Sacred Music
Subcollection: Choir

The CD furthers the development of one of the main repertoire trends in the production of Gega New, liturgical music performed by Bulgarian singers and ensembles. At the same time, this is the company's third release of the world-famous Bulgarian opera singer Nicola Ghiuselev. The interpretation of East-Orthodox chants is a sphere which no other Bulgarian singer has dared to approach after the death of Boris Christoff, the great bass. Ghiuselev's success is all the more significant, if we take into consideration the fact that alongside his attitude and musical skills he also demonstrates a deep penetration into the musical and poetic text of the chants. By achieving the sound specific for the genre and giving up the bel canto vocal characteristics Ghiuselev raises up his prayers and glorifies God with all the appropriate reservedness and beauty of the musical line. All chants are by Bulgarian and Russian composers, known for both their church and secular music. Melodic and beautifully harmonized, they render the atmosphere of pious and peaceful resignation. Ghiuselev's bass is in perfect harmony with the resounding sonority of the Sofia Orthodox Choir.


Chesnokov: The Mystical Sacrifice; God with Us; Deliver, o God Thy People
Dinev Peter: The Judicious Villain
Grechaninov: Litani of Fervet Supplication; The Creed
Hristov: Praise Ye The Name of The Lord
Lyubimov: Blessed is The Man
Nikolaev-Stroumsky: Great Doxology
Strokine: Now Lettest Thou Depart
Zinoviev: We Hymn Thee, We Bless Thee


Interprets: Ghiuselev, Popsavov, Sofia Orthodox Choir
(1, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12 - arranged by M. Popsavov)
Ghiuselev, Nicola - bass
Sofia Orthodox Choir
Popsavov, Miroslav - artistic director and conductor
Recording: November 1996, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
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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
Collection: Sacred Music
Subcollection: 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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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
Collection: Sacred Music
Subcollection: 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
Subcollection: 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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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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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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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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