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  • Audio Cassette (28 Oct 1993)
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B00000EONH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,410,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album of Bulgarian Choirs has already been a big seller in Europe; it appeals to the Enya audience. Among others the collection features the “Trio Bulgarka” who appeared on a classic Kate Bush album. CD1: Swatha / Zadyavka / Kavali Sviryat / Kostandin Kapetan / Alfun Maro / Prochocla Se Neranza / Songs On High / Son Sonila Baba / Ah Kolko Oldoh, Maro / Zapoutali Tupaneto / Oplakala Se Gorata / Razgovorka / Strati Angelaki Doumashe / Nauchil Sai Dobri / Oi, Matse, Matse / Dve Sa Momi Zhivovale / Gel Vido, Gel Nedo. CD2: Dostoyno Est / Borodice Devo, Radujsia / Veliko Slavoslovie / Heruvimska Pesen / Jertva Vechemyaya / Slava Vo Vysnich Bohu / Blagoslovi Dusce Moja Gospoda / Hvalite Imia Gospoda / Bogorodice / Vozarsti / Nyne Optuscaesci / Milost Mira / Otche Nash / Tivyne Musu / Magnus Domini / Natal / Lugsana Psalms N.25 / Maria Mater Jesu / Rex Tremendae Maiestatis / Laudate / Madonna Mia Pieta’.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling and original sounds from another world 29 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This disc and its sequel (Vol 2), provide a thrilling opportunity to hear the unique sound of Bulgarian women's choral music. The rhythms and harmonies in strong almost forced tones are mesmerising and at times spine-tingling in effect. This has been truly one of the 'discoveries' of my musical education, which has by no means been narrow! Thoroughly recommended to anyone searching for a new aural experience.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique and captivating recording 15 Feb 2000
Format:Audio CD
Traditional bulgarian choral music may sound like a minority interest but this is a cd which deserves an enormous audience. The sheer force of these relatively untutored voices, often singing acapella, is quite a hair-raising experience. The songs have touches of eastern european and arabic influences in a fascinating mix. This is mysterious and intriguing musica low-tec recording that still conveys powerful emotion
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bulgarian Music 11 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of Bulgarian choral music for a number of years, and this CD is very typical. To anyone who is not familiar with the very distinct sound, listen to some. You will be hooked!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and magical 19 July 2011
Format:MP3 Download
After having heard my former piano teacher (who is Bulgarian) talk about the distinctiveness of Bulgarian female choirs, I thought I had to find out for myself what this is all about. Well let me tell you, from the opening track I was captivated by this unique sound. It's very hard to describe in words, but there is a direct and almost other-worldly quality about the singing which I found so beautiful.

The recording consists of a mixture of love songs, more austere (but harmonically fascinating) Thracian Chants, up-beat numbers with complex rhythms (often 5/7/11 in a bar) - one of my favourite being 'Svadba' (The Wedding). There is one curious track called 'The bleating sheep', which consists of a soloist imitating the sound of said sheep and some alien glissandi in the choir forming a curious background - weird at first but I found that I responded to it's uniqueness. It's certainly different!

I would recommend this wholeheartedly!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystere Des Voix Bulgares 29 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
Superb music - haunting and enigmatic. First bought the album about 25 years ago when it first came out and have yet to find a better recording of Bulgarian music.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disc 2 not what I expected 27 Nov 2010
By jeanie
Format:Audio CD
While disc 1 is full of the spunky, folksy close-harmony I was hoping for (performed by Bilyana Vocal Group, Trio Bulgarka and the like), disc 2 is full of rather less energetic church music performed by Armsmusica Schoumen Chamber Music Collegium. It does not seem to belong under this Mystère title.

A lot of other discs are available with similar titles - Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares Vol.1, Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares Vol.2, Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares 3. The tracks on disc 1 of this item appear to be different from the others. These titles include "Svatha", "Ah, Kolko Oidoh, Maro" and "Gel Vido, Gel Nedo".

If you like the sound of disc 1 (or even disc 2), then don't be afraid to buy this box set. But don't expect one disc to sound like the other.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spine tingling.... 6 Nov 2010
By boo
Format:Audio CD
Half way through the third track, I spontaneously burst into tears and carried on sobbing like a baby for half an hour. Whatever it is, these haunting melodies somehow enable us to un-lock and feel raw emotion.... they seem to tap into something very deep about the human condition, that of love and loss. Also, the music is just beautiful, demonstrated in the singer's vocal range and complex harmonising. This cd is an absolute gem. I daren't listen to it in public in case I make a complete fool of myself, but it is quite unique and transcendental!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for your heart and soul 26 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This has been my best choice of music for quite some time. I am afraid that traditions and culture that once where so important, are long gone. We will not be able to create music even half as good as this even in a million years from now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Never heard any thing like it
The voices are incredible, it makes me wish I could sing. There is hardly any music but the vocals are unbelievable
Published 9 months ago by Barbara
2.0 out of 5 stars Second disc is not the same style at all
Disappointingly the second disc of the two disc set is not close harmon Bulgarian folk singing of the first with all its poignant and powerful cadences but a choir... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Wirplit
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Beautiful, haunting music that seems to get better each time you listen to it. Will be getting some more for my English friends here in Bulgaria as they love it too.
Published 14 months ago by jobo123
5.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious indeed
Surely one of the most glorious expressions of the human soul is the harmony vocal: whether that's the Beach Boys, or Coope Boyes & Simpson, or the Watersons, or Crosby Stills &... Read more
Published 23 months ago by PF@Sk
4.0 out of 5 stars Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares
'The mystery of Bulgarian voices' is indeed a unique collection of songs/chants/rhythms and ethereal vocal sounds that make my spine tingle! Read more
Published on 23 May 2012 by bic Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding
I am writing this as I have been meeting my cousin who is a member of two or three choirs - so I was reminded of the time I saw this group at the Royal Festival Hall after... Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2010 by crangible
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting sounds
An absolute must for any fan of Bulgarian singing. Beautifully done and fabulous listening. The only thing better than listening to Bulgarian songs is actually singing them. Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2009 by Mrs. C. Pyam
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