[145] The Bulgarian Women’s National Radio and Television Chorus – Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares

22 Jan

Here is a masterclass in harmony.


This traditional choir singing modern arrangements of ancient Bulgarian Folk songs provide harmonies as far as the ear can hear – some familiar, some quite unexpected, but all beautiful and unforgettable.

Unlike the Gregorian Chants which were supposed to sooth but ultimately infuriated several months ago, these sounds are meant to entrance and engage and achieve this with a simplicity which is astonishing.

Here is a wall of sound, just a surely as any Phil Spector recording.  It fills a room, fills your head, removes any other distractions, demanding attention.

Rationally, I am aware that there are at least some instruments playing here, accompanying the vocalists.  But in my heart and in my imagination this is an a capella experience, many women holding and wavering notes in fascinating combinations until even the occasional discord is gorgeous.

Once more, Tom Moon has effortlessly and pleasingly expanded my range and scopr of musical knowledge, reminding me how much I di not know, how enjoyable finding out can be.

Next Week: Solomon Burke – Don’t Give Up On Me

Owned before blogging? No.  (12 of 145 = 8%)
Heard before blogging? No.  (20 of 145 = 14%)
Recommend? Yes. (120 of 145 = 83%)


One Response to “[145] The Bulgarian Women’s National Radio and Television Chorus – Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares”

  1. risabuzatova January 22, 2016 at 12:05 PM #

    The Bulgarian traditional vocal sound is truly unique. If you go to the National Festival of Bulgarian Folklore in Копривщица (Koprivshtiza), you can hear and see thousands of musicians and dancers from every region of Bulgaria. It’s held every five years so you’ll have to wait until 2020 for the next one. I was fortunate enough to hear the Bulgarian Women’s National Radio and Television Chorus in live performance in Washington, DC many years ago. The encore, hard as it is to believe, was a rousing rendition of “Oh Susannah” that the women must have learned by rote.

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