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Vocal Collection, page 92

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GROZDANA - Trakia Folk Ensemble - Plovdiv

GROZDANA - Trakia Folk Ensemble - Plovdiv
ID: GD228
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Folk Music

During the 1950s, musical life in Bulgaria witnessed a phenomenon which opened up a new stage in the development of Bulgarian folk music: the establishment of the first State Ensemble for Folk Songs and Dances "Philip Koutev". The phenomenon was quick to win numerous admirers and followers. Similar ensembles uniting the talent of numerous singers and instrumentalists, composers, conductors and choreographers cropped up throughout Bulgaria. And when the art of these ensembles had reached its both national and international triumph, the Trakia Folk Ensemble - Plovdiv emerged, to show that there exist other ways and means of presenting the Bulgarian folklore. Its founders, Prof. Kiril Djenev (one of the leading choreographers in Bulgaria) and Stefan Mutafchiev (a talented composer of non-traditional musical ideas), laid their hopes on the young (the average age of the company is 22 years), the professional training of each of the performers and, first and foremost, on syncretism, the main characteristic of traditional art. Their first stage appearance literally set the audience on fire! Everyone from the ensemble sang, played a musical instrument and danced on the stage. The audience witnessed a true folk show. And it has been so for 25 years now! Although the directors and conductors of the ensemble have changed, the ensemble's young and innovative spirit has been preserved.
The programme of this jubilee album released by Gega New is diverse and selected with much taste. It varies from the deep tribute in respect to Stefan Moutafchiev, one of Trakia Ensemble's founders, through the works of the already established composers Kosta Kolev and Krassimir Kyurkchiiski, to the music of the younger Todor Prashtakov, Tsvetan Tsvetkov, among others. The ensemble's directors together with soloists, choir and orchestra represent with mastery and inspiration the different folk regions of the country (Thrace and Strandja, the Rhodope Mountains, the Shoppe region, the Pirin region and North Bulgaria).

Director and choreographer: Daniela Djeneva
Conductor of the choir: Dimiter Hristov
Conductor of the orchestra: Tsvetan Tsvetkov

Soloists: Maria Tsvetkova, Stanka Argirova-Kurshumova, Peter Zahariev (tamboura), Mitko Popov (tarambuka and tupan), Ulyana Raikova, Rumyana Angelova, Peter Kostadinov (bagpipe), Zlatka Stefanova, Boika Sekeranova, Temenuga Mincheva
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ACADEMIC FOLK CHOIR - OF THE PLOVDIV ACADEMU - OF MUSIC AND DANCE ARTS

ACADEMIC FOLK CHOIR - OF THE PLOVDIV ACADEMU - OF MUSIC AND DANCE ARTS
ID: GD229
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Folk Music

"Extraordinary finesse of performance", "crystal sound", "refined manner of sound production", "artistic freedom", "stable intonation" - these are only part of the definitions that Bulgarian and foreign critics give to the interpretations of the choir. The Flemish critic Hugo Heugebard exclaims: "… Ms. Spassova's conducting is exciting and masterful … from a little song, she creates a masterpiece…"
Founded in 1980, the Academic Folk Choir gained fame in a relatively short period of time with its high artistic level and highly professional approach to interpretation. The choir has been at the forefront of the "new folklore wave", a phenomenon characterized by folk intonations, asymmetrical rhythms and enrichment of musical folklore with contemporary expressive means. The achievements of the choir are due mainly to its conductor professor Vassilka Spassova and her assistants. Mrs. Spassova is respected both as a conductor and lecturer. Her lectures on the problems of Bulgarian choral art and arrangement of folk songs have evoked great interest in a number of prestigious music institutions and universities in Poland, the USA, Switzerland, Sweden, etc. Many works have been written especially for the choir. A part of them are included in the present release: Mehmetyo, My Love by Ivan Spassov, Pilentse pee by Krassimir Kyurkchiyski, The Sun Sets by Nikolai Stoikov, Listni se goro by Stefan Moutafchiev, and many others, a real example of great professionalism.


Vassilka Spassova, chief conductor
Kostadin Bouradjiev, conductor
Hristina Vuleva and Radka Stefanova, choirmasters
Soloists: Veselka Stambolieva, Tanya Doseva, Tsonka Dimitrova, Diana Ivanova, Reneta Georgieva, Stoimenka Uchikova, Danka Tsvetkova
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BULGARIAN FOLK SONGS AND DANCES

BULGARIAN FOLK SONGS AND DANCES
ID: GD230
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Folk Music

The present programme is the first of a series of releases initiated by Gega New with the ambition to reveal the talent of some of Bulgaria's most famous folk musicians. Without aiming to go in chronological order, Gega New intends to present different folk artists and composers who have marked a path in the development of this genre of music. The first релеасе features recordings of Petko Radev, clarinet, and Petko Dachev, accordion.
Petko Radev founded the Bulgarian National Radio Folk Orchestra in the 1970s. It made an immediate impression on listeners with its new musical sound, new type of improvisations and fascinating introductions. Even though he has an academic musical background, having graduated from the Bulgarian Academy of Music, Petko Radev applies the best devices of the Thracian instrumental tradition in his performing. Making use of his profound classical training, he transfers to the studio and stage the brilliant and sophisticated sound, combined with his free stylistic improvisations, which he has inherited from virtuoso musicians from his childhood. During the years when he plays and records folk music he is also a teacher in the Sofia Academy of Music. Many folk musicians learn from his talent and he himself is the creator of a school for interpreting of Bulgarian folklore. After working for 11 years as first clarinetist in the Milan La Scala, he came back to Bulgaria but never returned to folk music as a performer. Currently he has dedicated his life entirely to classical music and to his students. Nevertheless, his wide experience still makes him an important consultant to young musicians, and he can often be seen at all folk festivals and singing competitions.
Another famous musician who has played in the folk orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio since its very creation is the accordionist Petko Dachev. While the Thracian wedding bands of the 1960s and 1970s abounded in perfect clarinetists, the accordion still had a subordinate place and the players used to keep to simpler improvisations. This is what makes Petko Dachev's vast creative method so prominent. In his improvisations he enriched the Strandja vocal mode of playing with a characteristic ornamental strain and in this way created a new Strandja-Thracian style, which quickly found its followers and has been widely exploited by musicians recently.
By establishing a new orchestra, Petko Radev and Petko Dachev attained a new mode in the interpretation of Bulgarian music folklore, which responds to the creative requirements of a whole generation of folk musicians. All renowned singers and instrumentalists have made recordings with them. This makes this programme so rich and various, featuring solo performances of artists, loved by the audience.


Petko Radev, clarinet, Petko Dachev, accordion
Participating: Yordan Yotov (accordion), Ognyan Vassilev-Jimmy (tupan), Nedyalka Keranova (vocal), Ivan Hadjiiski (trumpet), Gruicho Doichev (vocal), Vulcho Ivanov (vocal), Ivan Mihov (violin), Velichka Stambolova (vocal)
Bulgarian National Radio Folk Orchestra
Orchestra conducted by: Petko Radev, Anastas Naumov, Kosta Kolev
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GALINA DURMUSHLIYSKA - VOICE OF DOBRUDJA

GALINA DURMUSHLIYSKA - VOICE OF DOBRUDJA
ID: GD227
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Folk Music

Dobrudja is a unique folk region that has produced songs preserved by the Bulgarians beyond the boundaries of the country, together with local tunes which have inevitably been influenced by the neighbouring folk regions. This variety of layers has created the specific character of the Dobrudja music and dance art. Rarely, however, do folk-music lovers have a chance to experience its beauty the way it is presented by Galina Durmushliyska, with exquisiteness and style. She began singing at an early age and was trained in the school of the Dobrudja Ensemble in the town of Dobrich. Having made numerous recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio, the singer does not limit herself to the already familiar songs but rather continues exploring little known folk samples, still existing in the small Dobrudja villages. Some of these have been included in this release "Voice of Dobrudja". Together with songs from North and South Dobrudja (North Dobrudja is now in the territory of Romania), the singer has included in her programme songs from Bessarabia and a tune which Mita Stoicheva, the famous folk singer, never recorded. The booklet notes to the release contain detailed information about them and indications to the exact origination of the songs, something that is seldom done in similar editions. Durmushliyska performs these songs with gratitude and love for the people from whom she has inherited them, thus creating real gems of vocal folk art.

Accompanied by: Theodosii Spassov (kaval), Georgi Petrov (gadulka), Bulgarian National Radio Folk Orchestra
Conductors: Hristofor Radanov, Petar Krumov, Georgi Petrov
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THYEPOLEO - Orphic Mysterial Rites - Music by Georgi Arnaoudov

THYEPOLEO - Orphic Mysterial Rites - Music by Georgi Arnaoudov
ID: GD223
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

The famous Bulgarian scholar and explorer of the culture of old Thrace, Prof. Alexander Fol, and the composer Georgi Arnaoudov, who has already released a CD for Gega New (GD 187, have tried to make past and present meet. Prof. Fol, an investigator of Thracian Orphism and an expert on Orphic hymns and rites, introduced Arnaoudov into the world of Thracian Orphism and gave the ideas for the emotional content of the twelve hymns-prayers in the CD. The composer has revealed his feeling and his ideas of musical recreation of different hymns. In some of the pieces the human voice is leading, in others, the "action" is done by the instruments, but everywhere the energy of the timbres, of the different volumes and pitches of sound, and its resources to create pictures and exert emotional influence are used. In the very beginning Prof. Fol stresses that "music is the universal cosmic language. The cosmos is rhythm and sound!" Led by this maxim Georgi Arnaudov has created original music in the literary context of Alexander Fol. It possesses a brightly individual character and a typical rhythmic and melodic structure, which carries the spirit of a distant and at the same time, comprehensible age. An age when the striving to be initiated and to perfect oneself spiritually while climbing the steps towards True Knowledge, is combined with purifying wisdom, with searching for interrelations with the Cosmos and the Divine.
This CD is a unique phenomenon and a successful attempt to penetrate into an abstract matter that has always been attracting the people of the Spirit, created more than three thousand years ago by some of the inhabitants of Thrace.

Soloists: Tania Kazandjieva (soprano), Milen Ivanov (tenor), Marko Chobanov (tenor), Dimitar Darlev (bass), Mila Pavlova (aulos), Jassen Enchev (aulos), Maria Tuturilova (harp, lyra, psalterion), Snejina Hristova (percussions), Stojan Pavlov (tympanon, percussions)

Chamber Ensemble conducted by Theodora Pavlovich
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CONTEMPORARY BULGARIAN COMPOSERS - Vol. 1 - IVAN Spassov-PRAYER CHANTS

CONTEMPORARY BULGARIAN COMPOSERS - Vol. 1 - IVAN Spassov-PRAYER CHANTS
ID: GD251
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Ivan Spassov (1934-1996) belongs to the generation of Bulgarian composers who developed their abilities and won recognition during the 1970s and the 1980s. His work has invariably roused interest although it was not always accepted unanimously, and sometimes was even met with complete negation. Particularly important are the vocal creations of Spassov in which he imposed his own style and compositional techniques. Most of his choral songs became basic repertoire; much of them are examples of innovation in the genre. The CD includes three of Ivan Spassov's last opuses, where the theme of death dominates. Deeply connected with the Bulgarian tradition, yet at the same time employing the avant-guard tendencies of the 1950s and 1960s, Ivan Spassov combined both trends in his music. One example of Bulgarian passion is Easter Music for Christ's Suffering, Death and Resurrection, rationalizing the drama of Christ from the Orthodox point of view. The typical for the Catholic tradition form Miserere was made (for the first time by a Bulgarian musician) into a splendid composition for choir, orchestra and soloists, bringing the meaning and the comfort of the psalm. The excellent recordings in the CD present the spiritual world of an exceptional musician and intellectual, who contributed for throwing a bridge between the Bulgarian and the West-European cultures.

Soloists: Kalina Zhekova (soprano), Georgi Lazarov (bass-baritone), Stepan Byulbyulian (evangelist), Alexandrina Toromanova (organ), Tiha Genova (soprano), Donka Lozanova (soprano), Valeria Mircheva (mezzo-soprano), Lilia Ilieva (mezzo-soprano)
Female Chamber Choir with the Academy of Music and Dance Arts - Plovdiv, Chamber Orchestra with the Secondary School of Music - Plovdiv, Polyphonia Chamber a Cappella Choir, Orchestral Ensemble
Conductors: Krikor Chetinian, Ivelin Dimitrov, Plamen Parvanov, Bedros Papazian
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PASSING WITH THE TIME - Popular Bulgarian Folk Songs

PASSING WITH THE TIME - Popular Bulgarian Folk Songs
ID: GD295
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Folk Music

Recorded in MS Music Agency Studio, USA, 2001-2003

The new release "Passing with the Time" makes an interesting accent in the catalogue of Gega New. The CD includes songs which are popular and loved by listeners, and have been recorded close to the original works - by using voice without accompaniment, or only one instrument, or voice and instrument. The programme is a result of a two-years' work by Milen Slavov, who is composer, music producer, accordionist and has been living in the USA since 1997. Milen Slavov taught at the California University of Los Angeles and has twice received Performing Arts Fellowships in Music Composition; from the California Arts Council, and the Mississippi Arts Commission. The programme also contains the performance of Zhivka Papancheva - a singer, who has also been living in the USA for some years now and takes part in all concerts of Milen Salvov. Some other colleagues of his from Bulgaria are also featured - Petyo Kostadinov (who is at present soloist of the Bulgarian National Radio Folk Orchestra), Lyuben Dossev (who currently teaches at the Academy of Music and Dance Arts in Plovdiv, and is also conductor of Ensemble Trakia's Orchestra), and Teodor Dimitrov.
The release stresses especially on the ancient vocal and instrumental performance, reminiscent of the unique and authentic Bulgarian folklore style.

Performed by: Milen Slavov (accordion), Zhivka Papancheva (vocals), Petyo Kostadinov (gaida), Lyuben Dossev (kaval), Teodor Dimitrov (gadulka)
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KALUDI KALUDOV - VERDI RECITAL

KALUDI KALUDOV - VERDI RECITAL
ID: GD271
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Sofia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Metodi Matakiev, conductor

"Such a voice has not been heard for many years lately - crystal-clear in all ranges, reminiscent of the young Carlo Bergonzi …" - these are lines from an Italian review. Kaludi Kaludov delights the critics and the audience not only in Italy, but all over the world. His international career is really impressive: Great Britain, Austria, Italy, France, and in 1985 a contract with La Scala in Milan. He is also well-known in Gernmany, Spain, the USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazilia, Japan, etc. as well as on many prestigious international festivals in Europe, Asia and America. He has appeared in performances with the world's most famous singers for the last 15 years and conductors like Claudio Abbado, Charles Mackeras, Riccardo Mutti, Fabio Luisi, etc. His repertoire includes over 60 tenor parts in operas by Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, Rossini, Bellini, Bizet, Ponchielli, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Giordano, and from the Russian classics - Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky. The tenor's concert repertoire features an impressive list of works including Requiems by Mozart and Verdi, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Stabat Mater by Rossini and Dvorak, along with Janacek's Glagolitic Mass. His numerous recordings have been released on many labels and he has also recorded for radio stations and video programmes. Parallel to his engagements on the world opera stages, Kaludi Kaludov also has an active teaching career mainly in Poland and Bulgaria.
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KRASSIMIR TASKOV - Compositions

KRASSIMIR TASKOV - Compositions
ID: GD316
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

The names of a number of young composers have won recognition during the last years of the 20th century. Their works bring a new trend to contemporary Bulgarian music. They introduce new ideas, interesting creative concepts and a variety of expressive means. A musician that is prominent for that period is Krassimir Taskov. He is a composer, a brilliant piano performer and a pedagogue (since 2002 he has been a professor at the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov State Music Academy in Sofia).
He concertized extensively as a student and received prizes at international piano competitions in Moscow (Tchaikovsky, 1978) and Spain (Santander, 1978). After completing degrees in piano (1981) and composition (1984), he participated in a series of international seminars for composers organized by UNESCO in Bulgaria and Holland and attended the composition classes of Ton de Leeuw and Theo Loevendie (Holland), Anatol Vieru (Romania), Andrei Eshpai (Russia), Marin Goleminov and Dimiter Hristov (Bulgaria).
His ongoing performance activity includes collaborations with chamber ensembles and distinguished Bulgarian musicians as Lydia Oshavkova, Anatoli Krastev, Lyubomir Dinolov, Dimiter Tsanev, Ani Atanassova, etc. His musical partnership of over fifteen years with pianist Velislava Georgieva has been especially intensive.
Along with his performing and teaching activity, Krassimir Taskov has also composed a large number of works: for symphonic orchestra, chamber music, concertos for different instruments, piano pieces, works for two pianos, various vocal and choral works, an opera-musical. A great number of his works have won awards at prestigious international and national competitions and are being performed in Germany, Japan, France, Italy, Russia, the USA, etc. The great Bulgarian composer and conductor Vassil Kazandjiev refers to his music as being "particularly expressive and strongly impacting".


Krassimir Taskov, piano
Dimiter Tsanev, piano
Lyudmila Gerova, soprano
Eolina Quartet
Ani Atanassova, violoncello
Stoyan Bozhkov, violoncello
Stanislav Ushev
Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
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M. MUSSORGKY - D. SHOSTAKOVICH - G. Guechev, bass - S. Lemberskaya, piano

M. MUSSORGKY - D. SHOSTAKOVICH - G. Guechev, bass - S. Lemberskaya, piano
ID: GD312
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

Bulgaria is famous for its opera singers, who have a successful career worldwide. Guenko Guechev is one of the more recent bass singers; he appears both in opera productions and in chamber music performances.
Guenko Guechev was born in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Performance from the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov State Conservatory of Music in Sofia. He was a student of Professor Resa Koleva. After graduation, he continued his vocal study with the renowned Professor Sergei Afanasiev at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Currently, he lives in the USA. He is the Director of Education of the Baltimore, Maryland based Inter-Atlantic Music Foundation and also the Artistic Director of the “Puldin International Voice Competition”. He made his US opera debut in Verdi’s Rigoletto with the Pittsburgh Opera in 1999. He has appeared internationally in nearly 1000 opera performances. In Bulgaria he has performed in Sofia Plovdiv, Varna, Stara Zagora, and in Europe (Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Holland, etc.) he has sung principal bass roles in productions of Il Trovatore, La Boheme, Tosca, La Traviata, Un ballo in Maschera, etc.
Susanna Lemberskaya, who accompanies the present program on the piano, was born in the former Soviet Union in the family of a famous violin professor. She graduated from the School of Gifted Children in Odessa (Urraine) concentrating in piano, and also from the Conservatory in St. Petersburg. From the beginning of her career Susanna has always worked in the genre of opera.
She has worked with renowned composers and musicians: Dmitri Shostakovich, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yuri Temirkanov, Mark Ermler, Elena Obraztsova, Vladimir Atlantov, Evgeny Nesterenko, etc. Since 1975 she has been living in the USA. She worked until 2001 as the head vocal coach and assistant conductor with the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House. Ms Lemberskaya has worked with some of the world’s finest singers in preparation for their roles in the opera houses of the world: Mirella Freni, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, etc. She has also worked with and played under some of the finest conductors in the world such as: Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, etc. Currently, she is the principle coach at the Pittsburgh Opera.
Guenko Guechev’s and Susanna Lemberskaya’s wide experience in performing was of great importance for them in preparing the present program’s recording of two vocal cycles composed in different periods of the development of Russian music, which is altogether a difficult challenge for every artist.
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