13 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ever since releasing their 1975 debut, this Bulgarian women’s choir has been beguiling international audiences with their otherworldly voices and acrobatic harmonies. The country’s unique polyphonic choral tradition is full of intricate harmonic dissonances and discrete microtones—and the results here are hair-raising. With minimal accompaniment, age-old folk songs “The Bleating Lamb” and “Harvest Song from Thrace” evoke a world of remote mountain villages and shepherds calling across valleys. As for the soaring vocal solos, they will pierce your heart.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ever since releasing their 1975 debut, this Bulgarian women’s choir has been beguiling international audiences with their otherworldly voices and acrobatic harmonies. The country’s unique polyphonic choral tradition is full of intricate harmonic dissonances and discrete microtones—and the results here are hair-raising. With minimal accompaniment, age-old folk songs “The Bleating Lamb” and “Harvest Song from Thrace” evoke a world of remote mountain villages and shepherds calling across valleys. As for the soaring vocal solos, they will pierce your heart.

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About Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir

With their series of Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares albums, the Bulgarian State Female Vocal Choir became one of Eastern Europe's most successful and most celebrated musical exports. A 24-woman choir led by soloists Nadka Karadzhova, Yanka Rupkina, and Konya Stojanova, they first emerged for Western consumption in 1986 with Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares, a collection of modern choral compositions originally issued on the 4AD label; the record eventually became a surprise mainstream hit, with audiences on both sides of the Atlantic enchanted by the singers' rich, stirring sound. A series of similar releases followed in the years to come. ~ Jason Ankeny

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