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Sezoni
Mara! and the Martenitsa Choir
Sezoni
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop
 
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Balkan music from Australia might not seem a logical mix, but when it works this well, why not? The brainchild of Mara Kiek, who leads the Mara! Ensemble and directs the Martenitsa Choir, Sezoni has a rich beauty. The inst...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Mara! and the Martenitsa Choir
Title: Sezoni
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Real World
Original Release Date: 6/29/1999
Release Date: 6/29/1999
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop
Style: World Dance
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724384757328

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Balkan music from Australia might not seem a logical mix, but when it works this well, why not? The brainchild of Mara Kiek, who leads the Mara! Ensemble and directs the Martenitsa Choir, Sezoni has a rich beauty. The instrumental tracks serve as a reminder that the distance between Balkan melodies and klezmer is very short, while the harmonies and singing are as strong as those of any Bulgarian Choir--in fact, Silvia Entcheva, from Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, sings on this record. The CD seems to play more as a suite than a series of unrelated tracks, and there's little doubt that the singers have learned how to capture those unearthly harmonies, letting them shimmer through the spare musical settings. Excellent. --Chris Nickson

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Powerful choral music - stirring and exotic
Clayton W. Hibbert | Seattle, WA, USA | 08/20/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I don't have much experience with choral music, especially not with Bulgarian choral ensembles, but "Sezoni" is amazing. The chorus swells powerfully over plucked strings and woodwinds, trading off with Mara for the lead, sprinkled with instrumental interludes.The best this uneducated listener can do to summarize "Sezoni" would be a folksy Carmina Burana - folksy without being hokey, folksy with all the power and vigor of the best traditional music, but without the Western operatic pretenses.An interesting listen."