Episode #2971

Balkan Voices

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices, a mid-80s recording, introduced the wider world to the plaintive, haunting sounds of Balkan singing. We’ll hear that original recording, and hear its influence in the music of Belgian composer Nicholas Lens and the English rocker Kate Bush. Then we'll listen to some Bulgarian (and some Macedonian) music sung by Brooklyn's Balkan vocal quartet, Black Sea Hotel. Plus, something from world music jesters 3 Mustaphas 3, and more.

PROGRAM # 2971, Balkan Voices (First aired on Tues. 8-25-09)





Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares

Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares

Erghen Diado, excerpt

Nonesuch 79165

Black Sea Hotel

Black Sea Hotel

Kavali Svirat [2:43]

Nicholas Lens

Flamma Flamma The Fire Requiem

In Corpore [5:00] Hic iacet I [5:41]

Sony 66293
Available as an import at

Kate Bush

The Sensual World

Deeper Understanding [4:38]

Columbia #CK44164
Available at or

Ivan Lantos, Bulgarica Trio + 1 (Bulgarka Jr)

Palestrina Missa Primi Toni

Kyrie Eleison [1:18] Christe Eleison [1:49] Musica Seconda [:51] Credo III [2:50]

Celluloid / Ballon Noir/Lambarena 66951
Out of print, but see for info

Mariana Sadovska & Kitka

The Rusalka Cycle: Songs Between Worlds

Sirens [5:13]

Diaphonica 20071

3 Mustpahas 3

Soup of the Century

Sadilo Mome [2:48]

Ace Recordings Rykodisk 10195 Reissued on Globe Style and available at OR

Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band

In the Center of the Village

Na Khelav, Na Gilavav [4:43]

Azalea City ACCD 9903

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Comments [3]

John Schaefer from WNYC

Thanks Alexander - we call those "driveway moments" in the radio trade... because usually that's how it happens - pull into the driveway, ready to turn off the car, and just can't because the song (or news story, or whatever) is too good. Glad you were able to safely experience one of those moments on the open road!

Aug. 28 2009 01:34 PM
Alexander from NYC

Has to be one of the best and most unique collection of pieces I've heard on new sounds. You know it's good when you literally have to pull over and just listen while on your ride home.

Aug. 26 2009 01:40 PM
Jack Flamholz

Nonesuch and The Pennywhistlers did this wonderful choral music back in 1966.
The Pennywhistlers can be seen on YouTube.

Folksongs of Eastern Europe.
Nonesuch Records HS 72007, [1966]
PERFORMERS: Sung by the Pennywhistlers, with instrumental acc. on some songs.
CONTENTS: Contains folksongs of Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, U.S.A., U.S.S.R., and Yugoslavia.

Aug. 25 2009 11:07 PM

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