Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares (album)

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Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares
4AD reissue cover
Studio album by Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir
Released 1975 (1975)
Genre Bulgarian folk music
Length 36:06
Label Disques Cellier
Compiler Marcel Cellier
USA release (1987)
Nonesuch Cover (1987)
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Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares (translated as "The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices") is a Grammy award winning album of Bulgarian folk songs performed by the Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir with guest-soloists Yanka Rupkina, Kalinka Valcheva and Stefka Sabotinova.

The album was the result of fifteen years of work by Swiss ethnomusicologist and producer Marcel Cellier and was released in 1975 on his small Disques Cellier label.

In the 1980s, Ivo Watts-Russell (founder of 4AD) was introduced to the choir from a third or fourth generation audio cassette lent to him by Peter Murphy, singer from the band Bauhaus. He became thoroughly entranced by the music, and tracked down and licensed the recordings from Cellier. So in 1986, it was re-released on the 4AD label in the UK, in 1987 the Nonesuch label in the US and on the Philips label in other territories.

(Subsequent albums were released with similar titles decades after the original recording, and one year after the CD of the original album was re-released in the US: Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Volume 2 [1988], Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Volume 3 [1990], and Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Volume 4 [1998])

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Pilentze Pee" (Пиленце пее) [Birdie Sings] – 2:31
  2. "Svatba" (Сватба) [The Wedding Procession] – 1:27
  3. "Kalimankou Denkou" (Калиманко Денко) [The Evening Gathering] – 5:06
  4. "Strati Na Angelaki Doumasche" (Страти на Ангелаки думаше) [Haiduk Song] – 2:37
  5. "Polegnala E Pschenitza" (Полегнала е пшеница) [Harvest Song from Thrace] – 2:02
  6. "Messetschinko Lio Greïlivko" (Месечинко льо грейливка) [Love Song from the Mountains] – 2:31
  7. "Breï Yvane" (Брей Иване) [Dancing Song] – 1:31
  8. "Erghen Diado" (Ерген дядо) [Song of Schopsko] (Lionder) – 2:50
  9. "Sableyalo Mi Agontze" (Заблеяло ми агънце) [The Bleating Lamb] – 4:31
  10. "Prïtourïtze Planinata" (Притури се планината) [Song from the Thracian Plain] – 2:45
  11. "Mir Stanke le" (Мир Станке ле) [Harvest Song from Thrace] – 3:10
  12. "Schopska Pesen" (Шопска песен) [Diaphonic Chant] – 1:27
  13. "Polegnala E Todora" (Полегнала е Тодора) [Love Song] – 3:38

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