Music from the Hills (Music)
With John Uhlemann
Sun Apr 8th 2012 4.00pm–6.00pm
Time zone: central
Петко Радев “Marichensko Horo”
from Народни Хора и Ръченици (ВНА 134) (Balkanton (LP)) —This classic LP produced in Bulgaria in the early 60's is the source of many recordings that have since found their way into various anthologies. Many of the musicians began their careers before the post WWII socialist period.
Nikola Yankov-Lenovcheto, clarinet “KaradJalovo Table Song”
from The Great Masters Of Bulgarian Instrumental Folklore (Balkanton) —a south Thracian Bulgarian player who had a lot of influence on Petko Radev
Nikola Yankov-Lenovcheto, clarinet “Lenovo Ruchenica”
from The Great Masters Of Bulgarian Instrumental Folklore (Balkanton)
Petko Radev - Clarinet & Petko Dachev - Accordion “Izvorsko Horo”
from Bulgarian Folk Songs And Dances (Gega New 2000) —Petko Radev raised the bar with his superb technical mastery (her finished his career playing for the opera orchestra at La Scala in Milan) and imaginative, occasionally elaborate, ornamentation.
Dimiter Paskov, clarinet, with orch. cond. Ivan Shibilev “Vârbishka Râchenitsa”
from Bulgarski Narodi Hora I Rûchenitsi (BHA 1378) (Balkanton (LP))
Ivo Papasov & Kosta Kolev Orchestra “Slow Song And Haskovska Ruchenitsa”
from Ivo Papazov: The Best of (Balkanton 2000) —this CD came out in 2000, but consists of older recordings made before the change in government made it possible for Papazov to record (officially) in the "Wedding Music" style he became famous for.
Никола Илиев и Конушенски народен оркестър “Тракийска Сюита”
from Бъдеще от Миналото (MK 2004) —This is a full suite of slow songs, horas and rûchenitsas, much the way a set would be played at a concert or dance event: Konushenska na Trapeza/Simeonova Rûchenitsa/Bulchenska Rûchenitsa/Voivodinovska Rûchenitsa/wedding melody/Chalûkovsko horo/Chovensko
Ivo Papasov & Kosta Kolev Orchestra “Chelekovsko Horo”
from Ivo Papazov: The Best of (Balkanton 2000) —again, this is the "approved Ivo Papazov", but still shows more chromaticism than most studio recordings did in the old days. The next selection, though, shows what had happened in Bulgaria by the late 1980's.
Ivo Papazov and his orchestra “Mominsko Horo”
from Balkanology (Rykodisc 1991) —the first clarinet solo, after 2:00, takes old Bulgarian motivs, then adds chromatic runs, jazz riffs, and all kinds of rhythmic syncopations. There are even sly references to other kinds of music, including one bagpipe imitation section.