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BULGARIAN VOICES ANGELITE - Angelina
BULGARIAN VOICES ANGELITE
Angelina

JARO 4310-2
4006180431029
Jaro
Bulgaria
 
1 CD

The album presents an opportunity for professional ethno-music speculations and analysis but the main idea is to share with the listeners the pleasure of the music. Each song brings its own touch or colour to the kaleidoscopic picture , which reveals the musical atmosphere and temperament of the Bulgarian folklore. The variety of performances highlights the remarkable singing qualities of the 20 singers – a polyphonic instrument in the hands of their conductor and soloists – successors of ancient art of singing.
A journey in which one can experience the power of the folk art, feel the bond between generations and learn about the millenary Bulgarian music history.


The album presents an opportunity for professional ethno-music speculations and analysis but the main idea is to share with the listeners the pleasure of the music. Each song brings its own touch or colour to the kaleidoscopic picture , which reveals the musical atmosphere and temperament of the Bulgarian folklore. The variety of performances highlights the remarkable singing qualities of the 20 singers – a polyphonic instrument in the hands of their conductor and soloists – successors of ancient art of singing. One of the unifying musical elements in this project is the rhythm. The Bulgarian folkmusic is famous for the abundance of irregular, asymmetric measures – dubbed by Bela Bartok the “Bulgarian rhythm”. Many of the songs on the album are built on such a meter and rhythm base. The sound of the drum in Bulgaria is asymbol of the feast and of dancing horo (round chain dance). We can hear it in some of the authors’ arrangements, performed by one of the best Bulgarian percussionists –Stoyan Yankulov.

In the mosaic structure of the program cohabit contrasting in their characteristics – solo, choral and in some of them instrumental accompaniment. The folklore, ancient and modern, is present with elegant balance between tradition and modern approach. Choir and soloists pursue strictly the respective region, local style and musical dialects. They recreate the patterns of the old musical folklore in a mode close to the old traditions from the different regions.

A musical surprise in this album is a song taken from the folklore of an ethnic group karakachani(nomad mountain shepherds) who live for ages in Bulgaria.The singer, performing the song is one of them by birth.The traditional melody is harmonized by instrumental accompaniment. The compositions of Zdravko Manolov “ Tapan bie” and Georgi Petkov “Ochi, ochi”, “Gaidine sviriat”, show the individual approach of the authors of closeness or remoteness to the original traditional song. ”Erke, mori,Erke”- a traditional song from the Shope region is arranged by Georgy Petkov into multi-voice choral version with perceptible Shope discordance. The drums emphasize complex rhythmic formulas and fragmentation into irregular measure of 12/16.

Within the wealth of colors in the program, two songs stand out for their styles – they are the works of Theodosii Spassov, recognized as the best kaval player in the world. His two songs in the program, written specially for this project, reflect his view of the world – concentrated, playful, noble, heart-felt and natural.

The remarkable Bulgarian composer Ivan Spassov uses in his compositions aleatory technique with overlapped polyphonic patterns. Creatively developed, from the roots of the traditional song “Leilinko, kuzum pilianze” springs a creatively developed musical work with free, irregular harmony and soft sonority. This is one of the last songs of Ivan Spassov, written at the end of his path of life, specifically for the Bulgarian voices Angelite.The music reveals the philosophy of the author relating to the universe and eternity.

The last song of the album is the end of a journey, which starts in the distant past and ends in our days. A journey in which one can experience the power of the folk art, feel the bond between generations and learn about the millenary Bulgarian music history.




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