by Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares


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The stunning polyphonics of Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares are here showcased on a relatively newer album from the world supergroup. In general, the songs are relatively short (though there are a good number of them comprising the album). There are also ample instrumental passages sprinkled here and there throughout the album; something of a surprise in an album from a group known solely for their vocal abilities. Also, there are a couple of male vocalists thrown in for good measure on a few tracks. One of the more interesting features of this album is the decision to provide a rendition of a trio of Sephardic Jewish songs. The group overcomes any language differences with relatively little difficulty and creates more or less the proper mood for the songs before they're done. Aside from this cultural excursion, the bulk of the songs sound vaguely similar to one another. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but should be noted nonetheless. Parallels to Gregorian chant can be noted in some pieces, and parallels to other traditions in others. The real treat of the album throughout, however, is the sheer vocal texture provided by the women of the choir. This is the reason to listen to the group, and this is the reason to give the album a try.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/1994
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597934922
catalogNumber: 79349

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mystère des Voix Bulgares   Primary Artist
Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir   Track Performer
Radka Alexova   Choir, Chorus
Vassilka Andonova   Choir, Chorus
Olga Borissova   Choir, Chorus
Evgeni Eremiev   Contrabass (Vocal)
Dora Hristova   Conductor
Vladimir Kouzov   Vocals
Elitchka Krastanova   Choir, Chorus
Rossitza Lazarova   Choir, Chorus
Roumiana Milanova   Choir, Chorus
Evgenia Miloicheva   Choir, Chorus
Roussana Nedialkova   Choir, Chorus
Violeta Petkova   Choir, Chorus
Elizabeta Petrova   Choir, Chorus
Dantcho Radoulov   Flute
Daniel Spassov   Vocals
Zlatka Stanilova   Choir, Chorus
Kremena Stantcheva   Choir, Chorus
Rouslana Vasileva   Choir, Chorus
Atanas Valtchev   Fiddle,Leader
Binka Dobreva   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Dan Kahn   Producer,Executive Producer
Marcel Cellier   Executive Producer
Melanie Marder Parks   Cover Design
Nikolai Kaufmann   Arranger,Producer
Peter Lyondev   Arranger
Ivan Vulev   Arranger
John Costa   Art Direction
Atanas Valtchev   Arranger,Producer
James Hunter   Liner Notes
Kosta Kolev   Arranger

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