"Bulgarian Folk Dances and Songs" - Bulgarian National Radio Folk Orchestra
- artist:Bulgarian National Radio Folk Orchestra
- release year:2005
- CD (Compact Disc)
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- label:Gega New
GD 294BULGARIAN FOLK DANCES AND SONGS
BULGARIAN NATIONAL RADIO FOLK ORCHESTRA
Hristofor RADANOV, conductor
The Orchestra of virtuosos of the Bulgarian National Radio was created in 1952. The first main body was the so-called Group from Ugarchin, led by Tsvyatko Blagoev - a famous wooden flute, pipe and bagpipe performer. Gradually the orchestra was joined by such prominent soloists as Atanas Valtchev, Kostadin Varimezov, Stoyan Velitchkov, Rumen Sirakov, Mihail Marinov and many other younger musicians: Lyubomir Vladimirov, Theodosii Spassov… Among the ensemble's distinguished soloists are: Kostadin Gugov, Yovcho Karaivanov, Yanka Rupkina, Nadka Karadjova, Kalinka Zgurova, Nadejda Hvoineva. A number of young and famous artists have made their first recordings with the National Radio exactly with this orchestra.
Many composers have been inspired by the orchestra's exceptional professionalism and they have written their best works and songs especially for this ensemble, knowing that the performance of their works will be of utmost quality.
For many years the orchestra was conducted by Kosta Kolev, and the best and most prolific years of the ensemble are connected with his name. Hristofor Radanov continues to lead the orchestra after him since 1990. Radanov graduated from the State Music Academy in Sofia, where he studied clarinet under Prof. Petko Radev. His twenty-five years of experience as a member of symphony and wind orchestras, folk groups and bigband is reflected in his work as conductor of the orchestra. Because of this he is even described as the contemporary representative of the Bulgarian music tradition.
The program on this CD presents separate performances of the Bulgarian National Radio Folk Orchestra, as well as accompaniments to soloists from different folk regions in Bulgaria. Recordings of Snejana Borissova and Kounka Zhelyazkova, Kostadin Gugov, Danislav Kehaiov and Todor Kozhuharov, Binka Dobreva, Gergana Dimitrova, Ivan Varimezov (gaida), Rossen Genkov (gadulka) and other famous artists are included.