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Sofia Women's Chamber Choir

Director: Vassil Arnaudov

Sofia Women's Chamber Choir


Founded in 1966 the Sofia Chamber choir is one of the brightest phenomena in the modern Bulgarian choir-performing art. The choir is a laureate of many special awards including 18 first place prizes from international music competitions. It has toured in Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Spain, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey, Hungary, France, Czech Republic and Japan. The choir has realized records and concerts for Bulgarian and foreign radio and television companies, gramophone records for "Harmonia Mundi", "Pate Markoni", "Melodia", and "Balkan-ton". The repertoire of the choir includes works from the Renaissance period to the most prominent representatives of the music from the 20th century. The Bulgarian composers and their works, some of which were written especially for the choir, take a great place in its programs.

Theodora Pavlovich - graduated the State Academy of Music with a choral conducting and a sound - engineering subjects. From 1986 till 1991 was a choral master of the Chamber choir of the Bulgarian National Television, and since 1991 has been the conductor of the Vassil Arnaoudov Sofia Chamber Choir, sustaining the whole artistic tradition, established by her teacher - prof. Arnaoudov. Being a member of the juries of many international music competitions, a member of the Board of managers of the Bulgarian Choral Union and of iEurope Kantati Federation in 2000 she is chosen for vice-president of the Music commission of the Federation. Teodora Pavlovich is an associate professor in the State Academy of Music "Pancho Vladigerov".


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Sofia Women's Chamber Choir : Quiet Songs : 00  1 CD : Vassil Arnaudov :  : 125

Sofia Women's Chamber Choir : Quiet Songs

Review: The CD includes several, now cherished as a valuable archive, recordings of the great Bulgarian choral conductor Prof. Vassil ARNAUDOV, director of long standing of the Sofia Chamber Women's Choir. These are the enchanting "Winter Reflections" by Todor Popov, a composer closely associated with Arnaudov, just like the other authors in the CD - Lyubomir Pipkov, Konstantin Iliev, Alexander Tekeliev, Alexander Tanev and Ivan Spassov. With the exception of the latter's "Triptych", all the songs were created for and first performed by the choir, on the initiative of Vassil Arnaudov who was an invaluable promoter and friend of Bulgarian vocal music. After his death the choir not only took his name bur also carried on his ideas and trends championed by his pupil Theodora Pavlovitch (who is presently the choir's conductor) and choir-master, pianist and vocal pedagogue Irina Shtiglich. The superb sound and emotional expressiveness make this CD of tenderly nostalgic and intimately lyrical songs a precious collection for music lovers.

Songlist: A drop fell from the sky, You, who are looking for a for, My mouth will not sing and argue forver, To Grandma, I know a dearly cherished place, Bright morning, Triptych , Quiet evening, White, white snow, Dawn came in the sleep gardens, Reverie (lyrics by Elissaveta Bagryana), Meet it is (Dostoino est), We sing Thee (Tebe poem), Our Father (Otche nash), Let the maiden be mine), Autumn was coming (lyrics by Ivan Davidkov), Winter (lyrics by Vatyo Rakovski), Winter Reflections , It's snowing, it's snowing, Snow is falling like a memory, The snow is so cold, Like snow, like snow, indeed

7166c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella

Sofia Women's Chamber Choir : Nightingales : 00  1 CD : I. Stiglich, Th Pavlovitch :  : 300121301957

Sofia Women's Chamber Choir : Nightingales

Review: Conductor Vassil Arnaudov, who died in 1991, was a huge influence on the 40-strong women's choir, helping it build a broad repertoire, from European renaissance-baroque polyphony to 20th century music, and turning many Bulgarian choral works into masterpieces. There is light piano accompaniment on a few of these 23 pieces, but the emphasis is on the lilting, soaring soprano voices with their crystal-clear diction, that dance over difficult passages with grace and polished ease. Some of our favorites are the title tune, Schubert's "Die Nachtigall," Thomas Morley's "Good morrow, fair ladies of the May," Beethoven's "Ich liebe dich," Philip Koutev's "Draguna and the nightingale," Verdi's "Laudi alla Vergine Maria" and Mozart's "Ave verum corpus," but each piece is beautifully realized. A special collection of choral music by one of the best choirs in Europe, directed by the brilliant conductor who brought them to that place.

Songlist: Wohlauf, ihr Gaste gut, Ce moys de May, Good Morrow, fair ladies of the May, Ich liebe dich, Die Machtigall, In Meeres, Meerfe, Der Wasserman, Angel, Chorus from the Opera "Tsar Kaloyan", Dragana and the nightingale, Lyulyai, Done, Winter, Sumna v sunnite gradini, Tebe poem, Havalite imya Gospodne, Dostoino est, Ave Maria, Ave Maria, Ave verum corpus, Laudi all Vergine Maria, Are verum corpus, Salve Regina

6934c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella

Sofia Women's Chamber Choir : Schumann - Choral Works For Womans' Voice : 00  1 CD : I. Stiglich : Robert Schumann : 144

Sofia Women's Chamber Choir : Schumann - Choral Works For Womans' Voice

Review: The release features a selection of songs by Schumann, performed by the well-known Bulgarian female chamber choir VASSIL ARNAUDOV conducted by Irina Stiglich and Theodora Pavlovich. Almost all songs were composed in the forties of the 19th century, a time of elation for Schumann, who had finally found real happiness in life. His lyrical songs are an expression of his innermost feelings of joy, sorrow, delight and inspirations connected with the poetry of his beloved Moerike, Ruekert, Eichendorff, Elisabeth Kulmann and other German poets who have been a source of inspiration for many composers of romantic music. Some of the shorter songs like Rosmarien, Mailied, Fruehlingslied, Spinnelied, as well as the chorus from the oratory "Das Paradies und die Peri" are real musical jewels. Selected with much precision, the lyrical songs reveal Schumann's talent in shaping the small, always exquisitely woven musical form, his musical gift to create images, metaphors, characters, and natural scenery. The interpretation of singers and choir-masters alike is magnificent with its sincere emotion, subtle nuances of sound and colour, keen feeling for ensemble and perfect intonation.

Songlist: Tamburinschlagerin, Waldmadchen, Klosterfraulein, Soldatenbraut, Meerfey, Die Capelle, Rosmarien, Jager Wohlgemuth, Der Wassermann, Das verlassene Magdlein, Der Bleicherin Nachtlied, In Meeres Mitten, Mailied, Fruhlingslied, An die Nachtigall, An den Abendstern, Nanie, Triolett, Spruch , Mailied, Spinnelied, Sommerruh, Chor der houris as "Das Paradies und die Peri", Landliches Lied, Lied

7051c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella

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