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THE ROMANTIC VIOLIN - Sergiu SCHWARTZ, violin - Ruzhka CHARAKCHIEVA, piano

THE ROMANTIC VIOLIN - Sergiu SCHWARTZ, violin - Ruzhka CHARAKCHIEVA, piano
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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"NANOUK L'ESQUIMAU" & "DRACULA" - Music Chrstian Leroy - Metarythmes de I'air

"NANOUK L'ESQUIMAU" & "DRACULA" - Music Chrstian Leroy - Metarythmes de I'air
ID: GD205
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Film Music

This release demonstrates a tendency toward including ever more spheres of the musical art in the company's catalogue. It presents music by Christian Leroy (b.1952), the Belgian composer and founder of the famous trio Metarythmes de l'air. Later it was transformed into a quintet in which besides Christian Leroy participate Philippe Saucez, Jose Bedeur, and Jeannot Gillis. The ensemble became famous for its international performances and its spirit for experimenting. Leroy is well known as author of the music for modern synthetic shows and is sought after by eminent poets, painters and directors. His music for the film Nanouk L'Esquimau (shot in 1921) through the skillful use of the quintet renders the atmosphere and the nature of the extreme North. Leroy has an amazing insight for sound, which he treats like expression of colours, and for combinations of sounds, radiating certain impressions (morning in the North, the sun shining in the eyes of the Eskimo children, etc.). Both with Nanouk l'Esquimau and Dracula (shot in 1931) Leroy revives the tradition to make the sound-track on live, to illustrate feelings and conditions through music and in this way sends us back to the age of the silent movie and the light music. In fact Dracula (directed by Tod Browning) is the first of a series of pictures on this topic. The fragments recorded on the CD give an idea about the mastership of Leroy and the performers in the genre of film music.

Metarythmes de l'air: Christian Leroy (piano, percussions, synthesizers), Philippe Sauces (clarinets), Jose Bedeur (double-bass), Jeannot Gillis (violin)
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HAYDN & MOZART - PIANO CONCERTOS - Maria PRINZ, piano

HAYDN & MOZART - PIANO CONCERTOS - Maria PRINZ, piano
ID: GD233
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

Exquisite Vienna classical music streams from the compact disc of Maria Prinz. It features Haydn's most famous concerto for piano in D major, and two popular piano concertos by Mozart - in F major and in A major. Maria Prinz is the daughter of the renowned Bulgarian composer and conductor Konstantin Iliev. She graduated from the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin having studied in Prof. Rudolf Dunckel's class. Ms Prinz furthered her education with Jörg Demus in Vienna and with Yvonne Lefébure in Paris. Currently she lives in Vienna and gives lectures at the Vienna University of Music. Along with her teaching career, Maria Prinz is also a concretizing artist with appearances in Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Italy), Japan, the USA. During the past few years the pianist renewed her extensive concert activities in Bulgaria as soloist at concerts of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, giving solo concerts at the March Music Days - Rousse, and the Pianissimo international music festi
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GENOVA & DIMITROV PIANO DUO

GENOVA & DIMITROV PIANO DUO
ID: GD240
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

The International Piano Duo Federation New York - Tokyo, acknowledged Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov as "the most successful young piano duo in the world" as a result of its complex worldwide statistics. For the five years since its foundation at the end of 1995 the Duo won all the major prestigious international piano-duo contests: Murray Dranoff Two-Piano Competition (Miami, USA), ARD Music Competition (Munich, Germany), Two-Piano Competition Tokyo (Japan), Bellini Music Competition (Caltanissetta, Italy), Premio V. Bucchi Music Competition (Rome, Italy).
Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov were born in Bulgaria. Both graduated in piano from the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music in Sofia. They had post-graduate master classes with the great Russian pianist Prof. Vladimir Krainev in Hanover (Germany), following his personal invitation. It was there that the idea of establishing the duo was born. Currently they live in Germany and they give concerts on four-handed piano and two grand pianos all over the world. The Genova & Dimitrov Piano Duo has performed to public and critical acclaim at such renowned international events as the festivals in Ludwigsburg, Schwetzingen, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, "Heidelberg Spring" (Germany), in Athens (Greece), in Miami and Southampton (USA), etc. They have also made a number of radio- and TV recordings in the USA, Japan, Australia, Germany, and Bulgaria.
The present release includes works of composers from the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. The programme is indicative of the wide range of the duo's repertoire, as well as of their ambition to present to the listeners popular yet rarely performed works.
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STAMITZ PENDERECKI - Viola Concertos - Dimitar Penkov, viola

STAMITZ PENDERECKI - Viola Concertos - Dimitar Penkov, viola
ID: GD250
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Viola

Concerto per viola ed orchestra, NDR Orchestra, Aldo Ceccato, conductor

There are two centuries that separate the composers included in this release - Karl Philipp Stamitz (1745-1801) and Krzystof Penderecki (1933). Living in two different epochs, their works reflect not only the development of music, but also the history of the viola concerto. Stamitz' Konzert D Dur for Viola and Orchestra was composed when the genre was still in its early stage, the interest in the instrument itself was quite lively and its technical means and expressive resources provoked the curiosity of the composers. When Penderecki wrote Concerto per viola ed orchestra, the viola had long since established itself in the composers' practice. The idea of combining the two composers is very interesting and requires incredible artistic mastership.
The two concertos have been recorded by the talented Bulgarian viola player Dimitar Penkov. Having graduated from the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music in Sofia, he is laureate of a number of prestigious international competitions. He specialized with Prof. Yfrah Neaman in London and has enjoyed a successful performing career working with conductors like Pierre Bartholomee, Michael Tabachnik, Aldo Ceccato, Gilbert Varga, Vassil Kazandjiev, Konstantin Iliev, Alexander Vladigerov and others. Accepting the invitation of Olivier Messiaen and Pierre Bartholomee, he made a premire performance of Penderecki's viola concerto in France, which was recorded live by Radio Paris (1985). Since 1983 he has been living in Hanover, Germany.
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FLORENT SCHMITT - Ivo Kaltchev, piano

FLORENT SCHMITT - Ivo Kaltchev, piano
ID: GD249
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

World Premieres

Florent Schmitt (1870-1958) made an impressive carrier as a composer and music critic. The leading music dictionaries define him as "the new Berlioz", "an outstanding French composer", "genius innovator"… Having written numerous stage, orchestral, vocal, chamber and piano works, he never became associated with a specific compositional school or group. With his use of untraditional musical expressive means, bitonality, violent ostinatos, etc., he anticipated some future stylistic tendencies in the music of the 20th century. At the same time, his early piano works follow the traditions of 19th century piano music. The works on this CD were written during different periods of the composer's life and present various stylistic features and explorations.
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SCHUMANN - LISZT - VESSELIN STANEV, piano

SCHUMANN - LISZT - VESSELIN STANEV, piano
ID: GD241
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

The present release features two big piano works from the age of Romanticism. Both works are characteristic for the Romantic style with their more liberal construction and instrumental forms, with their dramatic development, interesting combination of thematic centres and melodic motifs. Even though there are a number of registered recordings of these two works, Vesselin Stanev's interpretation enriches our concept of the stylistic method of Schumann and Liszt.
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PANCHO VLADIGEROV - PIANO COMPOSITIONS - Dessislava Shtereva - Rada Chomakova

PANCHO VLADIGEROV - PIANO COMPOSITIONS - Dessislava Shtereva - Rada Chomakova
ID: GD239
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

Rada Chomakova graduated from the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music. Later she attended piano lessons in Moscow, Paris and Prague. She is holder of many awards from home and international piano competitions. Beginning her concert-giving career at the age of 12, she is now both a remarkable teacher and concertizing artist. Since 1994 she has been directing annual piano master classes in Baden-Baden, Germany. Her repertoire includes a large number of chamber works and concertos for piano and orchestra, which she has performed with Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and other orchestras both nationwide and abroad. Her formation as a pianist has been much influenced by Pancho Vladigerov himself, under whose guidance she worked on some of the compositions recorded on this CD. Her manner of performance is marked by a stable touch, virtuosity, temperament, a fine sense of dynamics and details, and richness of tone colours. The release also features the performance of one of her pupils, Dessislava Shtereva, who is a
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VESSELIN STANEV - PIANO

VESSELIN STANEV - PIANO
ID: GD274
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

When Vesselin Stanev gave a recital in the Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire in 2000, the Russian press reviews exclaimed in enthusiasm: "… Remember the name of Vesselin Stanev, he will amaze us in the years to come." (Valentina Torbina, Evening Club, 2000). This review is significant, as the pianist was prizewinner of the P. I. Tchaikovsky International Competition (1982) and a student in Prof. Dmitry Bachkirov's class (1983-1988) at the Moscow Conservatory. The citizens of Moscow also first witnessed the beginning of his career. In the following 12 years Vesselin Stanev specialized with Alexis Weisenberg in Paris and played at a number of prestigious international festivals. He was also soloist at concerts with prominent orchestras like the Bamberg Symphonic Orchestra under Armin Jordan, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo, the Lille Symphony Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of Paris, etc. He has given successful recitals in most of the important European musical centres and has toured in Japan. He is also a regular participant in Bulgaria's festivals: Varna Summer, Sofia Music Weeks, Apollonia.
Gega New has released up to now three CDs of Vesselin Stanev (GD 111, GD 219, GD 241).
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ILDEBRANDO PIZZETTI

ILDEBRANDO PIZZETTI
ID: GD275
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano and Cello

The famous Italian composer, conductor, critic and pedagogue Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880-1968) is almost unknown in Bulgaria. He worked as a conductor in Parma, Florence and was Director of the Milan Conservatoire and teacher in composition at the St. Cecilia Academy in Rome. He was also a music critic for leading newspapers and wrote essays for various specialised books and magazines. Parallel to that he wrote a number of works in different genres - operas, ballets, oratorios, symphonies, a wide range of chamber music, choral music and film music. The compositions included in the present programme of Seeli Toivio and Ivo Varbanov were written during the 1920s. This release is the world premiere of both these works.
Seeli Toivio was born in Finland. She studied in Helsinki, Budapest and London with well-known teachers. She has taken part in masterclasses with Gary Hoffmann, William Pleeth, Steven Isserlis, Steven Doane, Zara Nelsova, and Ralph Kirshbaum. She won 1st prize in BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of the Year 1997, and 1st place with a special prize in duo with Ivo Varbanov at the 25th International Chamber Music Competition - Finale Ligure (Italy), in 1998. During 2003-2004 she was invited to perform in Russia, Japan, Germany, Estonia, and Finland.
Ivo Varbanov was born in Bulgaria and studied in Milan and London with Ylonka Deckers, Sulamita Aronowsky, Frank Wibaut and Dennis Lee. He has participated in masterclasses with Lev Naumov, Alexander Lonquich, Barry Douglas, Jean-Bernard Pommier, and Peter Katin. He was winner of 1st place, and a special prize in cello/piano duo with the cellist Seeli Toivio at the 25th International Chamber Music Competition Finale Ligure (Italy) in 1998. Mr. Varbanov has travelled widely, playing concertos and giving recitals and chamber music concerts in Bulgaria, Italy, the UK, France, Ireland, Germany, Holland, Poland, Russia, and the USA. His first CD of piano works by Mussorgsky was also released by Gega New (GD 117).
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