Music from the Hills (Music)
With John Uhlemann
Sun Nov 11th 2012 4.00pm–6.00pm
Time zone: central
Rhodopa National Orchestra “Viens Avec Moi Kalino” from The Greatest Bulgarian Voices (Les Grandes Voix Bulgares) (Versailles 1997) —This is the tradition of Bulgarian Women's singing - a capella or accompanied by solo gaida or tambura. This show will be about how these songs were arranged over the years, for presentation to urban and western European audiencesBuy it!
Ensemble of the Bulgarian Republic “Theodora is Dozing” from Music of Bulgaria (Nonesuch) —from a live concert of 1955 - the first tour of the Bulgarian national ensemble outside Bulgaria, and held in Paris. This presented to the world the new Bulgarian concert-choral folk style "invented" by its director, Philip KoutevBuy it!
Ensemble of the Bulgarian Republic “The Bird Has Come” from Music of Bulgaria (Nonesuch) —another cut from this seminal LP - so well known it was often mentioned by rock musicians of the time, including the Beatles and it was played at galleries of modern art.Buy it!
Nasha Pesen “Shopska Horovodna” from Nasha Pesen Ensemble, Bulgaria (Monitor (LP)) —Nasha Pesen ("Our Song") was a take-out ensemble from the Bulgarian national ensemble, used many of Koutev's arrangementsBuy it!
Koutev Bulgarian National Ensemble “Sluntse Gree v Nebeto” from Koutev Bulgarian National Ensemble (Monitor Records) —This recording is a re-issue of a much older Balkanton recording of the late 1960sBuy it!
Ensemble Trakia “Kaval Sviri (The Flute Plays, 1982)” from Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares, Vol. 2 (Nonesuch 1988) —by this point, groups had started to keep the "sound", but were playing with the arrangementsBuy it!
Kalinka Valcheva, Vasilka Andonova, Paulina Gortscheva & Stoyanka Boneva “Dve Tourlaski Pesen (1985)” from Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares, Vol. 2 (Nonesuch 1988) —the "yips" and swoops that were incorporated as spice into the Koutev arrangements were so popular with western audiences that they were added to the arrangements of many subsequent groups, oftne incongruouslyBuy it!
Bulgarian National Folk Ensemble Pirin, Kiril Stefanov cond. “Pirinsko horo” from The voice of Pirin (Balkanton) —Kiril Stefanov took the rather "raw" Pirin traditional style and applied the "Koutev touch" to it, founding this style. They cut many LPs under his direction.Buy it!
Bisserov Sisters “Stoiane Mori Stoiane” from A Jubilee Collection: 25 Years (VVD-Ruychev www.vvd-r.com/) —The Bisserov sisters recorded everything from ultra-traditional to highly arranged material.Buy it!
Rhodopa National Orchestra “Danse Predoy” from The Greatest Bulgarian Voices (Les Grandes Voix Bulgares) (Versailles 1997)Buy it!