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BELA BARTOK - Concerto for viola and orchestra.

BELA BARTOK - Concerto for viola and orchestra.
ID: GD306
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Viola

The Bulgarian violist Dimitar Penkov, who has lived in Germany for a number of years, again presents an interesting program. For his two previous CDs on the Gega New label he recorded Jean-Marie Leclaire’s 6 sonatas for two violas, performed together with Johannes Flieder (GD 212) and the concertos for viola and orchestra by Krzysztof Penderecki and Karl Stamitz (GD 250). The present program features two concertos, which are representative of the music of the 20th century. Both works were written at the end of the composers’ lives and both were dedicated to legendary violists - Bartok wrote his concerto commissioned by William Primrose, while Schnittke kept a promise he had given Juri Bashmet nine years earlier. The premieres of the works were outstanding events among music circles at that time. Dimitar Penkov continuously proves his skill at performing difficult works. His interpretation of the Honegger sonata for viola and piano was the first studio recording of this work. He also performed the French premiere of Penderecki’s viola concerto. During his career Dimitar Penkov has performed under the batons of such notable conductors as Aldo Cecatto, Pierre Bartholomee, Vassil Stefanov, Vassil Kazandjiev, Lutz Herbig, Gilbert Varga, Konstantin Iliev, Anthony Bramall, Michael Tabachnik, Nikos Athineos, Otmar Maga, and Plamen Djouroff. He has realized numerous recordings for the radios of Paris, Sofia, Zurich, and Hannover. Two films produced by Bulgarian National Television document the instrumental art of Dimitar Penkov. The conductor Nikos Athineos studied at the Athens Conservatory, the Cologne Hochschule fur Musik and the Robert Schumann Institute in Dusseldorf. He has toured throughout Germany, Spain, Russia, Lithuania, Israel, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. As a guest conductor he has appeared with various major European orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Prague Gustav Mahler Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio. The Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of Bulgaria’s oldest and most respected ensembles. The orchestra was founded by its chief conductor of more than thirty years, Vassil Stefanov. Other chief conductors have included Alexander Vladigerov, Vassil Kazandjiev, Ruslan Raichev, Milen Nachev. The orchestra is now led by Rossen Milanov.
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ANTON DIKOV, piano

ANTON DIKOV, piano
ID: GD302
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

Anton Dikov (1938-2004) is one of the most remarkable pianists of our time, who has been recognised both by the audience and the critics as a part of the world music elite. The legendary pianist Emil Gilels noted about him: "Anton Dikov's art does honour to his country, and his performances stand out for their wonderful preparation, freshness, and nobleness of style." Anton Dikov graduated from the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music in Sofia under Prof. Lyuba Encheva and furthered his studies in France under Nadia Boulanger, Artur Rubinstein and Robert Casadesus. He enjoyed an active international artistic career since 1954 and toured extensively in nearly all European countries, the USA, Latin America, Japan, Korea. He performed with internationally renowned orchestras (Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Paris, Brussels, Prague, etc.). Mr. Dikov was holder of awards of big international piano competitions. A recognition of his art is his participation in the juries of the following international competitions: "Chopin" (Warsaw, 1975, 1990), "Liszt-Bartok" (Budapest, 1976, 1981), Bolzano (1977), "Margueritte Long" (Paris, 1979), "Beethoven" (Vienna, 1985), "Van Cliburn" (Fort Worth, 1985), "Tchaikovsky" (Moscow, 1990), the Bavarian Radio (Munich, 1992), etc. He was a long-standing president of the jury of the International Competition "Prof. Pancho Vladigerov" (Bulgaria). His teaching career was also significant. Since 1988 he was Professor at the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music. He directed numerous master classes throughout Europe (1996-2002, in Flaine, France annually), in Japan (1983, 1989), in the Republic of Korea (1990-2003, in Seoul annually). His repertoire comprised works from the Baroque period up to contemporary works, as well as a number of premieres of Bulgarian piano music. His extensive recording career includes 15 LPs, an integral edition of Bartok's (released by "Harmonia Mindi"), an integral CD-edition of Beethoven's concertos, a CD-edition of the impressive Concerto for Piano by Dimitar Nenov (Gega New, GD 258), etc. The CD presents his exceptional interpretations of the music of the three eminent composers who were regularly present in his repertoire.
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THE KAPELLE TRIO LIVE IN SOFIA

THE KAPELLE TRIO LIVE IN SOFIA
ID: GD277
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano and Cello

The Kapelle Trio came to Bulgaria for the first time in 1997. Founded in 1992, it is one of America's finest chamber ensembles. The musicians are teachers and leading performers and are famous not only in the USA, but also in Europe. Kevork Mardirossian was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and studied violin at the Bulgarian State Conservatory in Sofia. He continued his studies in Brussels with Grumieux and at the Guildhall School of Music in London with Yfrah Neaman. He was a former concertmaster of the Plovdiv Philharmonic and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. Currently he is Associate Professor of Violin at the Louisiana State University and Chairman of the String Department. Most recently he performed and gave master courses in Spain, Wales, England - London, the U.S. - San Francisco, and Bulgaria - Sofia.
Lee Phillips, a New Orleans native, studied at Louisiana State University and is presently on the faculty of the university. He specialized in Paris with Eric Heidsieck and in London with John Ogdon. He has been winner of many piano competitions in the United States and Europe and has performed in South America (Uruguay and Brazil), Japan, Great Britain, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain, etc.
Felice Magendanz Farrell received her early musical training on the piano, violin, and cello with her parents in Utica, New York. She continued her musical studies in Rome, Italy and received her Bachelor and Master Degrees of Music with the Performer's Certificate at Indiana University. She had performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and later she was solo cellist in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Presently, she teaches at the University of Arkansas of Little Rock and has conducted master classes at Louisiana State University in New York and Indiana University.

Live recording from the concert at the Sofia Music Weeks Festival , Bulgaria Concert Hall, 10 June 1997
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IVO VARBANOV plays JOHANNES BRAHMS

IVO VARBANOV plays JOHANNES BRAHMS
ID: GD308
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

Recorded in Bulgaria Concert Hall, February 2006

Pianist Ivo Varbanov has recorded again an interesting programme for Gega New with works by Brahms. In his previous releases for the label, he presented Mussorgsky (GD 117), Ildebrando Pizzetti, together with the cellist Seeli Toivio (GD 275), and 20th century music, which he recorded with the Voland Quartet (GD 310).
Ivo Varbanov was born in Bulgaria, received his musical education in Italy and furthered his studies in the UK. His teachers were: Ylonka Deckers (1988 to 1993), Sulamita Aranowsky and Frank Wibaut. He currently studies under Dennis Lee. He has participated in the master classes of Lev Naumov, Alexander Lonquich, Barry Douglas, Jan-Bernard Pommier and Peter Katin. Together with cellist Seeli Toivio, he received the first and special prizes at the 25th Finale Ligure International Chamber Music Competition, Italy 1998. He has performed regularly in solo recitals and chamber concerts in Bulgaria, Italy, the UK, France, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Holland, Poland, Russia, and the United States. He has appeared at prestigious concert halls and taken part in the Hoffman and Paderewski music festivals, Sofia Music Weeks, Apollonia Arts Festival, Piemonte In Musica.
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SERGEI RACHMANINOV - ROLAND DEGOUMOIS, piano

SERGEI RACHMANINOV - ROLAND DEGOUMOIS, piano
ID: GR84
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

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BELINA KOSTADINOVA - piano

BELINA KOSTADINOVA - piano
ID: GD347
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

Belina Kostadinova finished the Music School in Bourgas and graduated at the Academy of Music in Sofia. She continued her studies in Basle and Zurich (Switzerland). Her teachers there were Rudolf Buchbinder, Gerard Wyss and Homero Francesch. She has attended master classes of Alexis Weissenberg, Rudolf Buchbinder, and Paul Badura-Skoda. She has also won international prizes at the competitions of "Obretenov" and "Nenov" in Bulgaria; "The Salerno International Piano Competition" in Italy; the "Duttweiler-Hug" Prize in Switzerland.
In addition to Switzerland, which is Belina’s home base, she has performed in Bulgaria, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the United States both as a recitalist and with orchestras. She also performs frequently as a chamber musician, playing with the Trio "Latitude", and with several singers and instrumentalists.
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ROMANTIC MUSIC FOR CELLO AND PIANO

ROMANTIC MUSIC FOR CELLO AND PIANO
ID: GD346
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano and Cello

Diliana Momtchilova and Lora Tchekoratova have recorded a very interesting programme. They have chosen famous virtuosic works, some of them composed initially for violin and guitar (piano) - Paganini’s Variations, or for violin and piano - Vladigerov’s Song (actually this is the second part of Bulgarian Suite for orchestra, which was later arranged for violin and piano), or for the six-stringed instrument arpeggione - Schubert’s Sonata. The other two compositions are the original versions for cello and piano. When writing the title to his work, Brahms intentionally puts the piano before the cello, thus stressing on the equal role of the piano instrument.
Diliana Momtchilova and Lora Tchekoratova were born in Sofia. They both received their high-school education at the Lyubomir Pipkov National Music School in Sofia. In Bulgaria they studied with eminent teachers and after that they continued their studies at the Juilliard School in the USA.
Diliana Momtchilova holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School. Her principal teachers in New York were Zara Nelsova and Harvey Shapiro. She has participated in master classes led by Janos Starker, Julius Berger, Angelica May, and the Principal cellists of the New York Philharmonic Carter Brey, and Lorne Monroe.
Lora Tchekoratova, as a student of Seymour Lipkin, earned Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees thus becoming the first Bulgarian musician to hold a Doctorate from Juilliard.
Both performers have won many awards at prestigious international competitions. They perform in famous venues in the USA and Europe as soloists and chamber musicians, as well as with symphony orchestras.
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GERHARD REICHENBACH, guitar - Works for Guitar

GERHARD REICHENBACH, guitar - Works for Guitar
ID: GD336
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Instrumental
Subcollection: Guitar

Guitar music compositions are not so traditional in Bulgaria, as they are in Western Europe. So it is a real event when guitar works by a Bulgarian composer are released.
Rossen Balkanski, who is the author of the music in this release, is also a performing concert guitarist. He studied the guitar under the best teachers in Bulgaria and currently, along with his activity as a performer and composer, he also teaches classical guitar at the Academy of Music in Sofia.
Besides chamber music (mainly works for guitar), he has also written incidental and film music, as well as a Concert for three guitars and chamber orchestra. Several of his compositions for solo guitar have received awards in Bulgaria. He is a member of the Union of Bulgarian Composers. His works have been published in Bulgaria and by music publishers BIM, Switzerland, and Daminus, Germany. What is characteristic of his style is that he combines elements of Bulgarian folklore with classical structure.
“It's so exciting to write music for high-class performers! I had the pleasure to do that for one of the greatest German guitar players - Gerhard Reichenbach. Balkan Sonata is dedicated to him and his unique talent for interpretation.” This short statement explains Balkanski’s choice connected with this work.
Gerhard Reichenback is well-known to all guitar connoisseurs throughout the world. Having studied under some of the great masters of the guitar, he is a virtuoso at his instrument, a musician with a brilliant sound and an active performing career. Apart from his classical guitar repertoire, he is an avid supporter and performer of contemporary music.
Raichenbach often performs works by Hans Werner Henze, Arvo Part, Rossen Balkanski, Boris Assafiev and Buck Wolters. He frequently participates in radio and TV programmes and as a jury member in major international guitar competitions and festivals. He passes on his experience to young musicians - at the “Franz Liszt” Hochschule fur Musik in Weimar, and since 2004, he has been a professor of guitar at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki.

Recorded on 2-4th April 2006 at the Evangelische Kirche Flammersfeld, Germany
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STUART- IVANOV DUO

STUART- IVANOV DUO
ID: GD340
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Violin

Pianist Svetozar Ivanov has always surprised the listener with the interesting programs that he records. He definitely has an affinity for music of the 20th century and the end of the 19th century. His previous two CDs released by Gega New - Vers la flamme (GD 322) and Naked Tango (GD 327) include mainly works by Debussy, Berg, Schoenberg, Scriabin, Satie, Nazareth, Helps, Tisdall, Stravinsky, Barber. In his latest album Svetozar Ivanov concentrates again on 20th century music. Together with the violinist Carolyn Stuart they present the composer Nikolai Roslavets, who is almost unknown and very rarely performed. In the 20s of the last century, however, Roslavets was among the most famous Russian authors. He was president of the prestigious Association of Contemporary Music, a member of the first Soviet Composers’ Union, chief editor of the journal Muzykalnaya Kultura (Musical Culture), and a highly regarded composer and teacher. After Josef Stalin rose to power the Russian Association of Proletarian Musicians began its attacks on the Association of Contemporary Music, and on experimental artists. Roslavets was pronounced “decadent and formalist”, an “enemy of the people” and by the end of the decade was stripped of his prestigious positions. Many of his works were lost, stolen, or destroyed. The Duo Carolyn Stuart - Svetozar Ivanov have managed to collect some of the works that have survived. A part of them have never been released or performed before. This is a world premiere recording of some of his unpublished miniatures.
Carolyn Stuart currently serves as Associate Professor of Music at the University of South Florida and as chair and jury member for the Rutenberg International Chamber Music Festival and Competition. She has presented master classes at universities and conservatories throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. She often performs at concerts in North America and Europe. An eloquent interpreter of modern music, Ms. Stuart avidly collaborates with current composers and has been a member of the celebrated new music ensemble Quorum. Svetozar Ivanov was born in Bulgaria and graduated at the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov National Conservatory in Sofia. Mr. Ivanov holds a degree from the University of Michigan (DMA). Svetozar Ivanov is Associate Professor of Piano at University of South Florida and has often served on juries for prestigious music competitions and festivals. His gives performances at concerts as recitalist and orchestra soloist in Europe and North America.
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20th & 21st Century Works for Two Pianos and Percussion - VOLAND QUARTET

20th &  21st Century Works for Two Pianos and Percussion - VOLAND QUARTET
ID: GD310
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

Recorded in Bulgaria Concert Hall, Sofia, February 2004
Balance: Miroslav Danev
Editing: Pavel Boliarski (Acoustic Version Studio)

Voland Quartet presents a very interesting program. The works included were created during the last 70 years and they show some trends in the development of 20th and 21st century music. Of special interest is the combination of two pianos with the timbre variety of the different percussion instruments. The four musicians are renowned solo performers, but in the present recordings they have achieved an amazing ensemble performance.
Ivo Varbanov was born in Bulgaria and received his music education in Italy and the UK, having studied with famous piano teachers. He has performed in important venues such as Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, S. John’s Smiths Square in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Bulgaria Concert Hall in Sofia. Gega New has published two CDs of the musician: the first one containing works for piano by Mussorgsky (GD 117) and the second - works for cello and piano by Pizzetti, recorded together with the cello player Seeli Toivio (GD 275).
Michal Drewnowski studied the piano with Ewa Poblocka in Warsaw and later on with his father, the well known Polish pianist Marek Drewnowski. He has played extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in most of the European countries in important festivals and venues. He has particular affinity to19th and 20th century music, which is evident in his performance in this program.
Christo Yotzov graduated at the State Academy of Music in Sofia with Dobri Paliev. In 1985, he founded Acoustic Version with Antony Donchev and since then has won many prestigious awards at European jazz festivals. He has performed all over the world with Acoustic Version and also with other artists such as Tommy Smith, Andy Scofield, Milcho Leviev, Alexia, Reiner Winterschlagen, Yildiz Ibrahimova, and Adam Pierontchik. He has recorded more than 20 LPs and CDs. This is his first classical music CD.
Radosvet (Eti) Kukudov also studied at the State Academy of Music in Sofia completing his Master Degree with Dobri Paliev. He is a laureate of all national competitions for percussion instruments and chamber music. As a timpanist of the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, he has toured extensively Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, Greece, and Turkey. He has also recorded as a chamber musician works by contemporary Bulgarian composers.
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