NICOLA GHIUSELEV · A LIFE IN MUSIC
Opera and Orthodox chants – this combination in one release is indicative of the creative interests of the great Bulgarian bass Nicola Ghiuselev (1936-2014). We admire the rare talent of the singer to get "immersed" in the specific style of the genre and to create an overall artistic impact. He has the ability to bring to perfection every work, every character, and manages to get fully blended with the characteristics of a given period. Nicola Ghiuselev was born in Pavlikeni, Bulgaria. He completed his secondary education in Sofia and continued to study at the Art Academy majoring in painting, but while still a student, he began to study singing under the vocal teacher Ilia Yosifov, and sung in the Academic Choir and the Ensemble of the Ministry of the Interior. Later he continued his education under Hristo Brambarov. His debut at the Sofia Opera was in 1961 in Turandot by Puccini. This was followed by many years of hard work and success: he was awarded gold medal at the Youth Festival in Helsinki (1962), first prize and gold medal at the II International Competition for Young Opera Singers in Sofia (1963), and he also received major Bulgarian medals and international awards, such as Golden Verdi (Parma, 1994) – an award, which is given in very rare cases.
Ghiuselev’s achievements were legendary on the stage of Sofia Opera and at many prestigious opera theaters, under the baton of Bulgarian and world renowned conductors: Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Gennady Rozhdestvensky ... There were no artistic limits before him.
Ghiuselev made a series of recordings especially for Gega New: famous solo arias (GD 200), Orthodox chants (GD 201), and also partnering in duets from operas by Verdi (GD 202). The diversity of his interpretations reveal the amazing capacities of the singer and confirm the opinion of the critics that he has "... a voice that can do whatever he likes." (La France)

NICOLA GHIUSELEV · A LIFE IN MUSIC

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  • Track Listing

    VINCENZO BELLINI (1801 - 1835)
    [1] La Sonnambula Aria - Rodolfo - "Vi ravviso..." 2'37''
    GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813 - 1901)
    [2] Nabucco Aria - Zaccaria - "Preghiera..." 5'22''
    N. RIMSKY - KORSAKOV (1844 -1908)
    [3] Sadko Aria - Variag - "O, skali groznie..." 3'14''
    AMBROISE THOMAS (1811-1896)
    [4] MIgnon Aria - Lotario - "De son coeur j'ai calme..." 3'50''
    GIOACCHINO ROSSINI (1792 -1868)
    [5] Mose Aria - Mose - "Celeste man placata..." "Eterno! Immenso! Incomprensible Dio" 2'15''
    SERGEI RACHMANINOV (1872 - 1943)
    [6] Aleko Razkaz Starika 5'26''
    ANTONIO CARLOS GOMES (1836 -1896)
    [7] Salvator Rosa Recitativo e Aria - Duca d'Arcos "E il foglio io segnero..." 5'36''
    GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813 - 1901)
    [8] Don Cartos Scena e Aria - Philippo "Ella giammai m'amo..." 8'15"
    PAVEL CHESNOKOV (1877-1944)
    [9] Deliver, o God Thy People 4'00''
    DOBRI HRISTOV (1875-1941)
    [10] Praise Ye The Name of The Lord 4'37''
    PETER DINEV (1889-1980)
    [11] The Judicious Villain 2'56''
    PRIEST VASILII ZINOVIEV (1871-1925)
    [12] We Hymn Thee, We Bless Thee 2'52''
    GRIGORII LYUBIMOV (1882-1934)
    [13] Blessed is The Man 5'13''
    PAVEL CHESNOKOV (1877-1944)
    [14] The Mystical Sacrifice * * * 4'29''
    [15] The Legend of 12 Robbers – Russian Folk Song 7'14''
    DDD 68'08"

  • Participating

    Sofia Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Orthodox Choir
    Conductors: Metodi Matakiev, Miroslav Popsavov