Galina Vracheva: A Moment of Christmas

Classical / Folk – Piano Improvisations on Chistmas carols
The pianist Galina Vracheva invites you to re-discover Christmas songs from around the world. Let yourself be mesmerized by the merry spirit of Christmas embodied in Galina’s fantasies on her favorite carols like “In dulci jublio”, “Leise rieselt der Schnee” or “Bambino divino”!

Reviews

„Mit „Kling, Glöckchen, klingelingeling“, „Bambino divino“, „Joy to the World“ und „Il est né le divin enfant“ führt ihre musikalische Reise durch ganz Europa. Denn so wie die Pianistin wirklich erst im Aufnahmestudio ihren Improvisationen freien Lauf gelassen hat, so kann man auch als Hörer die Gedanken wandern lassen.
– With “Kling, Glöckchen, klingelingeling”, “Bambino divino”, “Joy to the World” and “Il est né le divin enfant” her musical journey takes us indeed through all of Europe. Just as the pianist unleashed her imagination when sitting down to improvise in the studio, the listener can let his thoughts roam freely.“ • Christiane Irrgang, NDR Kultur

„Sie kann sich regelrecht in den Rausch spielen.
– She is capable of playing herself into a veritable ecstasy.“ • Annelis Berger, SRF 2 Kultur

„Die Improvisations-CD von Galina Vracheva ist eine lohnende Alternative für diejenigen, die gern Weihnachtslieder hören und dabei auf die Texte verzichten können und sich an harmonischen Überraschungen erfreuen.
– The CD with Galina Vracheva’s improvisations is a rewarding alternative for all those who love to listen to Christmas carols, can do without the text and enjoy the experience of harmonic revelations.“ • Bernhard Schrammek, RBB Kulturradio

Author Vracheva / Various Composers
Label Nightberry – Media Label by Nightfrog
Article 4-260157-020115
Release December 2013
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Galina Vracheva: Piano Arias

Classical / Opera Improvisations on themes out of operas by Verdi, Puccini, Wagner and Bizet

Today, few classical musicians master the art of improvisation. Galina Vracheva is extraordinarily gifted: She composes her variations, fugues, ballads, even sonatas based on melodies, moods, images and emotions ad hoc and presents them with stunning virtousity. Piano Arias is a collection of spontaneously created improvisations on famous opera themes, unrehearsed and faithfully recorded in the studio – one take only, uncut. You are invited to marvel at well-known melodies in brand new settings!IMPROVISATIONS ON:1. “Sempre Libera”, Violetta’s aria in “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi2. “La donna è mobile”, The duke’s aria in “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi3. “Che gelida manina”, Rodolfo’s aria in “La Bohème” by Giacomo Puccini

4. “Isoldes Liebestod”, 1st version, “Tristan und Isolde” by Richard Wagner

5. Cho-Cho-San’s aria from “Madame Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini

6. Carmen’s arias from “Carmen” by Georges Bizet

7. “Caro Nome”, Gilda’s aria in “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi

8. “Va, Pensiero”, Hebrew slaves’ chorus in “Nabucco” by Giuseppe Verdi

9. “Isoldes Liebestod”, 2nd version, “Tristan und Isolde” by Richard Wagner

Author Vracheva / Various Composers
Label Nightberry – Media Label by Nightfrog
Article 4-260157-020085
Release August 2013
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Galina Vracheva: The Art of the Paraphrase

Classical / Folk – 2 CD set

Galina Vracheva is the only pianist worldwide who spontaneously improvises her cadenzas in piano concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaïkovsky, Rachmaninov and Skrjabin on the concert stage and who creates ad hoc compositions in classical style – and in accordance with the structural rules of the period chosen for greatest affinity with the melody – on spontaneously proposed themes. On her double CD, recorded at the request of and in cooperation with Radio Swiss Classic, published by Universal under its Deutsche Grammophon label, Vracheva paraphrases well known Swiss popular songs in classical style. A project that has already received the well deserved attention at Swiss Radio DRS.

Author Vracheva / Various Composers
Edition Universal Music
Label Deutsche Grammophon
Article 476 353-8
Release Dec. 2009
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Beethoven: Piano Concertos No. 1 & 2

Galina Vracheva with Roman Kofman (Conductor) & the Kiev Chamber Orchestra / Improvised cadenzas by Galina Vracheva.
1. No. 1C Major Op. 15: I. Allegro2. No. 1 C Major Op. 15: II. Largo3. No. 1 C Major Op. 15: III. Rondo: Allegro Scherzando4. No. 2 B Flat Major Op. 19: I. Allegro Con Brio5. No. 2 B Flat Major Op. 19: II. Adagio 8:396. No. 2 B Flat Major Op. 19: III. Rondo: Molto Allegro7. Alternative Cadenza For Piano Concerto No. 1 (Allegro Con Brio)

Author Ludwig van Beethoven / Vracheva
Label Arts Productions Ltd
Article 473512
Release Jan. 1996

Beethoven: Piano Concertos No. 3 & 4

Galina Vracheva with Roman Kofman (Conductor) & the Kiev Chamber Orchestra / Improvised cadenzas by Galina Vracheva.
1.  No. 3 In C Minor Op. 37: I. Allegro Con Brio (Beethoven)2.  No. 3 In C Minor Op. 37: II. Largo (Beethoven)3.  No. 3 In C Minor Op. 37: III. Rondo: Allegro (Beethoven)4.  No. 4 In G Major Op. 58: I. Allegro Moderato (Beethoven)5.  No. 4 In G Major Op. 58: II. Andante Con Moto (Beethoven)6.  No. 4 In G Major Op. 58: III. Rondo: Vivace (Beethoven)7. Alternative Cadenza For Piano Concerto No. 4 (Allegro Moderato) (Beethoven)

Author Ludwig van Beethoven / Vracheva
Label Arts Productions Ltd
Article 473522
Release Jan. 1996

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5

Galina Vracheva with Roman Kofman (Conductor) & the Kiev Chamber Orchestra / Improvised cadenzas by Galina Vracheva.
1.  No. 5 in E flat major op. 73 “Emperor”: I – Allegro2.  No. 5 in E flat major op. 73 “Emperor”: II – Adagio un poco mosso3.  No. 5 in E flat major op. 73 “Emperor”: III – Rondo (Allegro)4. Fantasia in C minor for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra op. 80: Adagio (piano solo)5. Fantasia in C minor for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra op. 80: Finale6. Alternative Cadenza for Fantasia op. 80 (Adagio)

Author Ludwig van Beethoven / Vracheva
Label Arts Productions Ltd
Article 473532
Release Jan. 1996