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Academic Folk Choir

Academic Folk Choir


The Academic folk choir of the Academy of music, dance and fine arts - Plovdiv is the only student choir in Bulgaria. It was founded in 1972 with the creation of the specialty "Folklore instruments and singing".

The choir has a wide diapason in its style palette of repertoire - beginning with the original folk song from the different regions of the country and polyphonic arrangements, original compositions with avant-garde expression techniques (aleatory and sonority), ancient orthodox songs, etc.

With its high artistic level of performing the choir is equal in technique and artistry to a number of professional choirs. The choir performs songs, based on folklore and overcomes vocal, technical and interpretational difficulties.

Many works have been written and dedicated to the Academic folk choir by authors like Assen Diamandiev, Stefan Mutafchiev, Ivan Spassov, Nikolai Stoikov, Kiril Stefanov, Nikolai Kaufman, Krassimir Kyurkchijski, Anastas Naumov, etc. Their works have often had their debut performances done by the choir. Thanks to them, the choir has become the founder of the phenomenon called 'new folklore influence'. It is characterized with the intonations and metro-rhythms that are integrated in the works they perform, as well as with the highly professional use of contemporary interpretative methods.

The choir has participated in numerous concerts in Bulgaria as well as internationally, yielding numerous acknowledgements and prizes. Some of the choir's more remarkable international awards are those from the 'Bidgosh Musical Impressions' festival in Poland, 'Gurten festival' - Switzerland, Flanders Festival - Belgium, 'Europalia' - Belgium, as well as the Bulgarian collection of 'New Bulgarian Music', etc.

The international critics have acclaimed the choir's performances as perfectly epitomizing the "mystery of the Bulgarian Voices", 'superseding the common idea about the Bulgarian national song', and original and enchanting 'with their beauty, precision, artistic freedom and stable intonation'.

In the choir's discography there two albums - in 2004 the self-titled 'Academic folk choir' was published, followed by the CD 'Bulgarian folklore masterpieces' with compositions by academician Krasimir Kyurkchiyski.


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Academic Folk Choir : Academic Folk Choir : 1 CD :  : 229

Academic Folk Choir : Academic Folk Choir

Review: In the years since the western world discovered the "Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices," a fascination with the striking harmonies, exciting rhythmic effects and haunting melodies only continues to grow. This new CD goes one step further: important "classical" composers such as Krassimir Kyurkchiyski, Nokolai Stoykov and Milcho Vassilev are represent here in work which incorporate the elements of fold music into a more "legitimate" setting. The results appeal to both the mind and heart of the listener. The Academic Folk Choir of the Plovdiv Academy, founded in 1980, specializes in a vast repertoire of both folk classical works under the direction of Vassilka Spassova, professor of conducting at the Academy. They have met with great success throughout Bulgaria as well as on tours of Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Russia and other European countries.

Songlist: Mehmetyo, Sevda Golema (Mehmetyo, My Love), Ivan Kalinka Dumashe (Ivan Told Kalinka), Snoshti Si, Mamo, Otidoh (Last Night I Went Out, Mother), Trugnala Mi Elena (Elena Has Left Me), Tri Byulbyula Peyat (Three Nightingales Are Singing), Yankin Brat (Yanka's Brother), Pilentse Pee (A Birdie Is Singing), Malka Moma Dvori Mete (The Little Maiden Sweeps the Yard), Dva Pastorala (Two Pastorales): Winter Pastorale, Dva Pastorala (Two Pastorales): Summer Pastorale, Pesen-Improvizatsia (Song-Improvisation), Listni Se, Goro (The Forest Is Putting Forth Leaves), Marinko, Moe Doshtero (Marinka, My Daughter), Begala Rada (Rada Ran Away), Hubava Mavruda (Pretty Mavruda)

9869c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella

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