Bulgarian Choral Music

The rich, musical history of Bulgaria has a tradition of heartfelt, passionate vocal music, and what better way to express it than in a choral ensemble? For a small nation that doesn't appear on the world stage often, Bulgaria is rich in what counts the most - the arts. Both their traditional cultural music and that which celebrates their Christian faiths appears in the repertoire of Bulgaria's amazing choirs. You've heard of them, you know you have. Now why not actually hear them?

Bulgarian Choral Art: Vol 1

Native Song
I'm Leading a Horse, Mother
A Cuckoo Called Out
Devilish Song
The Port of El Granny
A Nightingale Is Singing
Zara, You Maiden
Like Snow, Like Snow, Indeed
Mehmetyo, My Woe
Hey, Yana
Evening Dusk
A Love Night
A Morning by the Sea
Get Up, Mother
A Young Lad Has Fallen Asleep
My Native Land
Dafina, You Wine
How Dear It Is To Me

This recording features some of the finest artists practising the academic choral art in Bulgaria. The release contains a compilation of performances of Bulgarian choirs, starting with the children's, through the female, chamber, mixed, and ending with the male choirs. The earliest recording in the release is of the song "I'm leading a Horse, Mother" by Georgi Dimitrov. It is performed by one of the earliest children's choirs - Bodra Smyana Choir. Then follow a number of children's choirs, all with acknowledged international prestige: Bulgaria National Radio Children's Choir, Sofia Boys' Choir, etc. Then come the female choirs: Hristina Morfova Female Choir, Polyphonia Chamber Choir, Vassil Arnaudov Sofia Chamber Choir, and the mixed and male choirs: Dobrudjanski Zvutsi Mixed Choir, Morski Zvutsi Mixed Choir, Kaval Male Choir, Gusla Male Choir, etc. A wonderful selection from a country that produces world class choral music.
7049 CD $15.98

Bulgarian Choral Art: Vol 2

This CD is the second of the Bulgarian Choral Art Series. It presents some of the best samples of choral music in Bulgaria. All of the pieces are arrangements by Bulgarian composers of original folk melodies. The recording includes performances by a variety of choirs: mixed, male, female and children's. The singing heard on this CD is in a Western classical style rather than the very pointed sound often associated with Bulgarian singing. The liner notes give translations of the songs.

6872 CD $15.98

Academic Folk Choir: Academic Folk Choir

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)

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.

9869 CD $15.98

Bulgarian National Radio Children's Choir - Angelite: 40 Years

Winter Song
Panis Angelicus
Two Humorous Folk Songs
Our Father
Why Is the Spout Dripping?
Song Bridge
O Holy Night
A Ludicrous Dance
Motor-Car Race
The Little Nightingale
Tempo di Valse
I Want to Go to Heaven
Regina coeli K. 276
Melodies from the Shoppe Region

A celebration of 40 years of existence for the world-famous, 33-strong, mixed BNRCC makes us look at the founder of this amazing group, and at their present director and conductor. Hristo Nedyalkov, Professor in choral conducting at Sofia University, "a happy combination of great artistic talent and keen sense of teaching" is both founder and director. The popularity, renown, creative achievements and awards won by the choir over the years border on the incredible. The young Bulgarian singers have performed to acclaim in the famous concert halls in the capitals of the world. "The children sing like angels…" "Their voices are as crystal clear as a mountain spring…" Absolutely. A full hour of lightly accompanied, exuberant music is here, including an original by the director, "Winter Song." Some classical music (Cesar Franck's "Panis Angelicus," Schubert's "Serenade," Mozart's "Regina coeli K. 276), some folk (Nicolas Kaufmann's "Two Humorous Folk Songs" and "Melodies from the Shoppe Region," and Milko Kolarov's "Why is the Spout Dripping), a Christmas song ("O Holy Night") and even a spiritual, ("I Want to Go to Heaven"). Mostly sung in Bulgarian, but with voices like these, who cares?

6872 CD $15.98

Bulgarian Voices: Chants de Noel

Silent Night
Hey Maiden
A Virgin Is Bearing Today
Get Up, Host
Jingle Bells
Foom, Foom
Le Petit Papa Noel
It Will Snow
Ave Maria
In Suffers is Bearing Mother Mary
Many Years
The First Noel
Deck The Halls
We Wish You A Merry Christmas

The Choir of Sofia, conducted by Ludmila Dimova, interprets the songs of Christmas in the tradition of the Bulgarian polyphonies. Between classical music and folk-world music of the eastern countries; like the successful Mysteries of the Bulgarian Voice with its antique, pre-Christian and Hellenistic roots, the Choir interprets with grace the songs of Western heritage: Silent Night, Tino Rossi’s Petit Papa Noel, Jingle Bells, Schubert’s Ave Maria and more. A new discovery of these Christmas songs’ heritage for every age.

9913 CD $15.95

Bulgarian Women's Choir - Angelite: Balkan Passions

Mi ideme preko pole
Barisha, barisha
I Went to Elbasan
Vila sei gora
Bulgarian Pastorale
Jenala e Dyulber Jana
Makedonsko devoiche
Devoiche belo, tsurveno
Povdigni si milo libe
Vassilke, mlada nevesto
Zemiata na Orfei
An Ohrid Legen about Bilyana
Bouzuki taqsim
Krai rekata

Bulgaria is a musical empire of ancient times. This unknown style of female vocal singing is finally receiving the recognition it deserves after years of isolation. Demonstrating mastery in advanced harmony and developed breath control, these women will amaze you with tonality and resonance that suggests a deeper look into the oppression and humanity of this mystical land of the Rhodope Mountains. "There is a clarion purity to their singing which continues to express timeless sentiments of the human condition." Created by contemporary classic composers the music is rich with traditional melodies yet complex in harmony and texture, using the distinctive vocal timbres and techniques indigenous to Bulgaria. This is a fascinating introduction to a musical legacy.

7801 CD $15.98

Bulgarian Women's Choir - Angelite: Voices Of life

Nov Den
Polegnala e Toudora
Pilentze Pee
Kalimanko Denko
Begala e Vena
Sestro Dobriano
Jano, Hubavo Jano
Trista Pushki
Zavesata Pada

Bulgaria is a musical empire of ancient times. This unknown style of female vocal singing is finally receiving the recognition it deserves after years of isolation. Demonstrating mastery in advanced harmony and developed breath control, these women will amaze you with tonality and resonance that suggests a deeper look into the oppression and humanity of this mystical land of the Rhodope Mountains. "There is a clarion purity to their singing which continues to express timeless sentiments of the human condition." Created by contemporary classic composers the music is rich with traditional melodies yet complex in harmony and texture, using the distinctive vocal timbres and techniques indigenous to Bulgaria. This is a fascinating introduction to a musical legacy.

6496 CD $15.98

Bulgarian Women's Choir - Angelite: Angels Christmas

Rozhdestveni kambani (Christmas bells) - Petar Liondev
Koledna nosht (Christmas night) - Petar Liondev
Koledna pesen (Christmas song) - Gentcho Gentchev
Momata s chudna riza (The lass with a spended dress) - Georgy Petkov
Divnitza (Wonderful star) - Gerogy Petkov
Koledna zvezda (Christmas star) - Stefan Dragostinov
Bogorodize Devo (Holy Virgin) - Orthodox / arr. Priest Kiril Popov
Sveti Petar (Saint Peter) - Petar Liondev
Hei pastiri (Hey, shepherds) - trad. Arr. Georgy Petkov
La Notte Di Natale (Christmas night) - Silvio Pedrotti/ arr. Ivan Spassov
Vitleemska zvezda (Ihr Kinderlein, kommet) - arr. Alexander Josiffov
Koledna prilazka (A Christmas tale) - Georgy Petkov
Tiha nosht, svjata nosht (Silent night, Holy night) - Franz Gruber / arr. Alexander Josiffov
Rozhdestvo Hristovo (Christmas) - Dobri Hristov / arr. Georgy Petkov

Singing is an important tradition in Bulgaria, especially at Christmas, whether at church or caroling in people's homes. There is a unique sonority specific to Christmas within the incredibly rich musical palette. This recording contains Bulgarian folk carols, Orthodox Church music and more familiar Christmas tunes, such as "Silent Night." The simple melodies and sincere lyrics of these songs will bring joy and peace to your Christmas celebration.

7291 CD $15.98

Bulgarian Women's Choir - Angelite: From Bulgaria with Love

Bulgarian Rhapsody
The Voyage
Guns and Paprica
Dancing to the Bagpipe
Sofia Sound Machine
The Balcanic

The much beloved Bulgarian Voices Angelite is a 19-strong, beautifully and authentically costumed women's World/Folk choir, which has performed practically everywhere in Europe. They have a new conductor for "The Pop Album," Ivan Topalov, and he takes the choir into new realms, of accompanied music, in this exploration of the common ground between generations. The group crosses over from Folk music to modern music, from the Orient to the Occident, pop song to disco, cryptic music to the computer. Some favorites are the funny (we assume, most of the lyrics are in Bulgarian), manic opening cut, "Pippero," the Folk masterpiece "Devoiko," the soaring, techno-pop tune "Jana," "Guns and Paprika," "Sofia Sound Machine," and the manic "Plodiv," All songs lightly to heavily accompanied. Good stuff!

9894 CD $15.98

Bulgarian Women's Choir - Angelite: Melody Rhythm & Harmony

Melody Rhythm & Harmony was recorded live by the Bulgarian Women's Choir during their 1993 tour in Norway. The songs presented here encompass the wide variety of styles from the various Bulgarian regions. Many of the arrangements include those of Philip Koutev, who was largely responsible for preserving the folk tradition. These songs are largely a cappella with a few accompanied by traditional Bulgarian instruments. The diverse history of the country has lent itself to produce music which requires great skill and feeling. And its rich culture continues to be preserved by this group.

9834 CD $15.98

Bulgarian Women's Choir - Angelite: Mercy For The Living

When Bulgarians, at the end of the 20th century, look back to find their national history, they saw the Bulgarian orthodox church with its canonic ritual and religious traditions that few people had access to under the socialist regime in Bulgaria. "Mercy for the Living," for a "man's voice and a women's Folk Choir, places us in a seat in the early church, with beautiful music from the orthodox services, beginning with the lovely "Great Litany," "Rejoice, Mother of God," "Great Song of Praise," and "Is It Honorable." The four final pieces, "Small Litany," "The Mystical Sacrifice, "Holy God," and "Our Father," are all very fine. Throughout, however, the sound is that of angels in this rarely-heard collection of Bulgarian orthodox church music. Beautiful and touching.

9893 CD $15.98

Bulgarian Voices Angelite & Moscow Art Trio: Mountain Tale

The 19-strong Bulgarian Voices combine with two smaller instrumental groups, the Moscow Art Trio and Huun-Huur-Tu to create an authentic, eclectic collection of folk tunes that explore the similarities and differences between Russian, Bulgarian and Tuvan folk music. The 28 musicians create a surprising, spirited, energetic, all-accompanied sound on 10 songs: "Midnight Tale," "Sunrise," "Early Morning With My Horse," "New Skomorohi," "Sad Harvest," "Mountain Fairy-Tale," "Dancing Voices," "Grand Finale," "Epilog" and "300 Pushki." Often the all-women Bulgarian Voices reminds us of Solstice, who did a great set recently at the Bay Area Sweeps Regionals. Particularly nice is "Dancing Voices," when the soprano and tenor solos soar above the rhythmic bass chanting, the sweet, sensual "Epilog," and the lovely lament, "300 Pushki," the story of the death of a hero. Some great pix of the group(s) in the liner notes, in authentic costumes.

9815 CD $15.98

Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares: Volume 1

Pilentze Pee (Pilentze Sings)
Svatba (The Wedding)
Kalimankou Denjou (The Evening Gathering)
Strati na Angelaki Doumasche (Haiduk Song)
Polegnala e Pschenitza (Harvest Song from Thrace)
Messetschinko lio Greilivko (Love Song from the Mountains)
Brei Yvane (Dancing Song)
Erghen Diado (Song of Schopsko)
Sableyalo mi Agontze (The Bleating Lamb)
Pritouritze Planinata (Song from the Thracian Plain)

The distinctive sounds of Bulgarian folk singing come from many cultural influences, as a country that was under the rule of the Tartar from central Asia and the Ottoman Turks. Many Asian elements can be heard in the use of modal scales, dissonant harmonies and rhythmical and metrical variety. The diaphonic singing tradition of two voices moving in parallel seconds, sevenths or ninths along with the metallic vocal timbres is preserved in the many arrangements. To western ears, this style of singing seems very strange. The a cappella singing is occasionally accompanied by traditional instruments. On this recording can be heard the flute-like kaval (Pritouritze Planinata), and the fiddle-like gadulka (Brei Yvane). The Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir is led by Philip Koutev and Krasimir Kyurkchiyski who were the forefathers of the Bulgarian folk movement. From the dissonance of "Pilentze PeeÓ to the beautiful melody of "Polegnala e Todora" this music is simple and enormously diverse.

9201 CD $14.98

Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares: Volume 2

Kaval Sviri (Thrace) (The Flute Plays)
Stani Mi, Maytcho (Rhodopes) (Get Up, My Daughter)
Di-Li-Do (Pirine)
More Zajeni Se Ghiouro (Shopsko) (Ghioro Marries)
Tche Da Ti Kupim Bela Seitsa (Rhodopes) (I'm Going to Buy You Some White Silk)
Ovdoviala Lissitchkata (Dobroudja)
Messetchinko Lio (Rhodopes) (You, Little Roujke)
Dragana I Slavei (Thrace) (Dragana's Song)
Atmadja Duma Strachilu (Thrace) (revolutionary song)
Dve Tourlaski Pesen (Shopsko) (Teasing)
Trenke, Todorke (Shopsko)
Bezrodza Nevesta (Shopsko) (Young Childless Wife)
Izpoved (Rhodopes) (Confession)
Ghiore Dos (Thrace) (Teasing)
Spis Li, Milke Le (Rhodopes) (If You Are Sleeping, Milke)

This second volume of Le Mystere des voix Bulgares features performances by the Bulgarian State Radio and Televison Female Choir and the Female Vocal Choir, Sofia won a GRAMMY award in 1990. This dynamic music comes from an oral tradition. Though the true folk style is dying out, these songs are preserved in modern versions which combine folk with classical elements creating a new art form. Bulgarian vocal music is usually sung by women who are picked for the natural beauty of their voices. The performances on this CD were recorded in the 70's and 80's. "Ovdoviala Lissitchkatka" recorded in 1957, however, sounds closer to the original folk style than the more artfully arranged pieces. All of these pieces are truly fascinating.

9202 CD $14.98

Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares: Ritual

'Ritual' is an unusual recording for the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir. For one thing, two male guest artists make appearances on two of the songs and a measure of instrumentation on half a dozen tunes includes one instrumental (gasp!). It's a wonderful dance tune which only enhances the feel of the recording dealing mostly with tunes meant for St. Lazar's Day and also Christmas carols. This recording (1994) is the first studio album since the group's two Le Mystere anthologies of the late 1980's. The tradition established by Philip Koutev in the 1950's of applying the compositional methods of concert practice to folk material is still the origin of the famous sound of this choir, now directed by Dora Hristova. Another fascinating aside on this recording is the group singing "A Jewish Triptych (Sephardic)" composed and arranged by Nikolai Kaufmann. This is glorious music that anyone literate in world music should know.

9205 CD $15.98

Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares: Bulgarian Custom Songs

The famous choir named The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices conducted by Dora HRISTOVA again conveys its challenge to Bulgarian folk music lovers, this time with their interpretation of songs from the most widely spread and cherished customs, those at Christmas and at St. Lazar's Day. The songs sung at Christmas and St. Lazar's Day lend specific colour in the repertoire of many ensembles. This programme is a successful attempt to select songs which represent a comparison between the two customs. Christmas is celebrated on the day when the church commemorates Christ's nativity. Yet the deep meaning of the custom is in the ancient pagan beliefs about the birth of the new sun. There are young men-Christmas-carollers and their leader is always an older man, called stanenik. According to the custom, the time for Christmas celebration is specifically set - from midnight till sunrise. The Christmas carollers make their rounds always starting to the west. They sing songs glorifying the host in every house and bless him for health and fertility. In their turn, the hosts present them with Christmas ring-shaped buns decorated with a coin and meat, beans, etc.
9816 CD $15.98

Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares: Music of Bulgaria

This is an original 1955 French recording of the Ensemble, a group of women from the mountains and plains of Bulgaria, who performed for nearly a month in Paris along with local dancers and a village orchestra. This group was the predecessor of the famed Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir. These are 18 traditional Bulgarian folk songs, some accompanied, that translate to such titles as "Mother Has Decided to Marry Me Off," "Theodora Is Dozing," "The Moon Shines," "A Young Girl At Parting," "Niagol Talks to Milka," "The Bird Has Come," "Come to Supper Tonight Rada," "The Drums Roll," and "Iana Has Been Surprised in the Night." The ringing, rhythmic harmonies of this ancient music surprise and delight us, reminding us of the power and expressiveness of the human voice in expressing emotions.

9896 CD $15.98

Quartet Slavei: Bulgarian Polyphony

Zavilo Se Horo
Dreme Mi Se, Lega Mise
Neno Le
Sviri Neno
Popoi Mi Yanke Le
Proviknal See Pashata
Georgi Nedelia Proshtaava
Maika Na Vela Dumashe
Ruse Le, Ruso Momiche
Devoiko Balno La Ti E
Zabljalo Mi E Agantse
Oi, Ti Bekyarino
Koga I Da Doidam Maro
Kaniat Me, Mamo

Slavei means "nightingale" in Bulgarian language and we understand the choice of this word when we listen to these great voices that combine with clarity and emotion and strength of Bulgarian tradition. The female quartet are former soloists of the Philippe Koutev famous ensembles : Mysteries of Bulgarian Voices and Angelite. Their repertoire comes from orthodox religious songs from Eastern Europe (usually only sung by men), and from traditional secular songs. Four great women, four magnificent voices, a perfect skill of a difficult and specific vocal technique, a unique repertoire as it takes in traditional secular songs, but also in orthodox songs from XIVe to XXe century, usually dedicated to men. To hear these two genres, sung by divine voices, side by side, is a profoundly moving and fascinating experience.

Listen to "Sviri Neno" in Real Audio.

9919 CD $9.95

Rhodopea Kaba Trio: Folk Songs

There is an ancient mythology sung by the followers of Orpheus which has been preserved as folk song in the Rhodope mountains of Bulgaria. These are the sort of songs which have been given a concert hall exposure by the Bulgarian Women's Choir. The Rhodopea Kaba Trio are the musical living treasury of these ancient songs. The Kaba portion of their name refers to the fact that they are singing in a low register which corresponds to the sound of the kaba bagpipe, a favorite instrument in the Rhodope mountain area.You will hear not only a fascinating style of singing which begins with a monophonic melody and splits into three polyphonic planes but also, on four of the twenty-one songs, you will hear Ivelina Balcheva, a jazz singer, take off into her own improvisational embellishments of ancient tradition. We strongly suggest this recording to those who love the songs of Bulgarian women.
9724 CD $14.98

Sofia Womens Chamber Choir: Nightingales

Wohlauf, ihr Gaste gut
Ce moys de May
Good Morrow, fair ladies of the May
Ich liebe dich
Die Machtigall
In Meeres
Der Wasserman
Chorus from the Opera "Tsar Kaloyan"
Dragana and the nightingale
Lyulyai, Done
Sumna v sunnite gradini
Tebe poem
Havalite imya Gospodne
Dostoino est
Ave Maria
Ave Maria
Ave verum corpus
Laudi all Vergine Maria
Are verum corpus
Salve Regina

Conductor Vassil Arnaudov, who died in 1991, was a huge influence on the 40-strong women's choir, helping it build a broad repertoire, from European renaissance-baroque polyphony to 20th century music, and turning many Bulgarian choral works into masterpieces. There is light piano accompaniment on a few of these 23 pieces, but the emphasis is on the lilting, soaring soprano voices with their crystal-clear diction, that dance over difficult passages with grace and polished ease. Some of our favorites are the title tune, Schubert's "Die Nachtigall," Thomas Morley's "Good morrow, fair ladies of the May," Beethoven's "Ich liebe dich," Philip Koutev's "Draguna and the nightingale," Verdi's "Laudi alla Vergine Maria" and Mozart's "Ave verum corpus," but each piece is beautifully realized. A special collection of choral music by one of the best choirs in Europe, directed by the brilliant conductor who brought them to that place.
6934 CD $15.98

Sofia Womens Chamber Choir: Schumann - Choral Works For Womans' Voice

Die Capelle
Jager Wohlgemuth
Der Wassermann
Das verlassene Magdlein
Der Bleicherin Nachtlied
In Meeres Mitten
An die Nachtigall
An den Abendstern
Chor der houris as "Das Paradies und die Peri"
Landliches Lied

The release features a selection of songs by Schumann, performed by the well-known Bulgarian female chamber choir VASSIL ARNAUDOV conducted by Irina Stiglich and Theodora Pavlovich. Almost all songs were composed in the forties of the 19th century, a time of elation for Schumann, who had finally found real happiness in life. His lyrical songs are an expression of his innermost feelings of joy, sorrow, delight and inspirations connected with the poetry of his beloved Moerike, Ruekert, Eichendorff, Elisabeth Kulmann and other German poets who have been a source of inspiration for many composers of romantic music. Some of the shorter songs like Rosmarien, Mailied, Fruehlingslied, Spinnelied, as well as the chorus from the oratory ÒDas Paradies und die PeriÓ are real musical jewels. Selected with much precision, the lyrical songs reveal SchumannÕs talent in shaping the small, always exquisitely woven musical form, his musical gift to create images, metaphors, characters, and natural scenery. The interpretation of singers and choir-masters alike is magnificent with its sincere emotion, subtle nuances of sound and colour, keen feeling for ensemble and perfect intonation.

7051 CD $15.98

Sofia Womens Chamber Choir: Quiet Songs

The CD includes several, now cherished as a valuable archive, recordings of the great Bulgarian choral conductor Prof. Vassil ARNAUDOV, director of long standing of the Sofia Chamber Women's Choir. These are the enchanting "Winter Reflections" by Todor Popov, a composer closely associated with Arnaudov, just like the other authors in the CD - Lyubomir Pipkov, Konstantin Iliev, Alexander Tekeliev, Alexander Tanev and Ivan Spassov. With the exception of the latter's "Triptych", all the songs were created for and first performed by the choir, on the initiative of Vassil Arnaudov who was an invaluable promoter and friend of Bulgarian vocal music. After his death the choir not only took his name bur also carried on his ideas and trends championed by his pupil Theodora Pavlovitch (who is presently the choir's conductor) and choir-master, pianist and vocal pedagogue Irina Shtiglich. The superb sound and emotional expressiveness make this CD of tenderly nostalgic and intimately lyrical songs a precious collection for music lovers.
7166 CD $15.98

Sofia Boys' Choir: Laudate Dominum Omnes Gentes

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ave Maria
Ave verum corpusCharles Gounod: Messe No. 4 in C Major
O salutaris hostia
Agnus DeiGiuseppe Zelioli
Laudate Dominum omnes gentes
Regina coeli
Agnus DeiMessa facile e melodica
Agnus Dei

The first boys' choir in Bulgaria, founded in 1968, the Sofia Boys' Choir has been conducted by Adrian Blagoeva since 1989, who has led them in an active touring and recording schedule, and to numerous awards in international competitions. All sacred music and all organ accompanied, "Laudate" features two works by Mozart, "Ave Maria" and "Ave verum corpus," 5 works by Charles Gounod (1818-93), including "Kyrie," "Gloria," "Sanctus," and others, and 9 works by Giuseppe Zelioli (1880-1949), including the title song, "Regina coeli," "Agnus Dei" and others. The clear, bell-like voices of the boys (ages 7 to 15) make "Laudate" a treat throughout. The Sofia Boys' Choir has gained a reputation as one of the best in the world, and it is a reputation that is well deserved. They truly sing like angels!

6931 CD $15.98

Sofia Boys' Choir: Britten & Pergolesi

Founded in 1968 for boys ages 7 to 15, about 40 of which appear in concert, Bulgaria's SBC has been directed since 1989 by the talented Adriana Blagoeva. They released their first CD in 1981, "Britten" was recorded in 1993. The group has toured internationally, gaining a worldwide reputation for excellence performing a varied repertoire which includes Renaissance, Baroque, and Contemporary compositions by Bulgarian authors as well as large-scope cantata and oratorio works. This CD includes 5 works by Benjamin Britten (1913-76) and 17 by Giovanni Pergolesi (1710-36)ãthe Britten pieces have some organ accompaniment and feature two female sopranos, and the Pergolesi ones are orchestrally accompanied and feature a mezzo-soprano. The voices of the boys soar clear and sweet, and the adult soloists are wonderful. Heavenly sacred music, beautifully performed!
6932 CD $15.98

Sofia Boys' Choir: Hosanna in Exelsis

The Sofia Boys¹ Choir is one of the most prestigious Bulgarian choirs of its kind, winner of many awards at international and national competitions. Under the guidance of the talented Adriana Blagoeva, during the past few years the choir has widened the range of its repertoire by including masterpieces of sacred music ­ both Catholic and Orthodox. The performances are distinguished by the unique beauty of sounds of the boys¹ voices led by the conductor with great skill. Each song features not only the professionalism of the great choirs, but also precision of dynamics, accents and gradation, typical of religious singing. The singers and their musicality, the perfectly performed tunes, the crystal sounds, as well as the characteristic reverberation of the recordings that recreates the atmosphere in Alexander Nevsky Cathedral leave a deep impression.
6933 CD $15.98

Sofia Boys' Choir: Magnificat

On Magnificat by the Sofia Boys Choir, led by Adriana Blagoeva, the Bulgarian choir sings rarely performed works from the late Baroque and early Classical periods. The CD begins with the Magnificat by Czech composer _imon Brixi. This engaging piece is for four voice choir, SATB soloists and chamber orchestra. Also included on this release is the German Mass by Michael Haydn for four voice choir with Soprano and Tenor soloists and organ accompaniment.

7164 CD $15.98

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