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Song Of The Crooked Dance: Early Bulgarian Traditional Music 1927-42
Various Artists
Song Of The Crooked Dance: Early Bulgarian Traditional Music 1927-42
Genres: Folk, World Music, Special Interest, Pop
 
  •  Track Listings (23) - Disc #1

Spurred by the popular success of Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares (Nonesuch), there has been unprecedented interest by the Western world in the music of Bulgaria. But the renowned women's choir offers a mere fragment of the...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Song Of The Crooked Dance: Early Bulgarian Traditional Music 1927-42
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Yazoo
Original Release Date: 5/19/1998
Release Date: 5/19/1998
Genres: Folk, World Music, Special Interest, Pop
Styles: Europe, Eastern Europe
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 016351701626

Synopsis

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Spurred by the popular success of Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares (Nonesuch), there has been unprecedented interest by the Western world in the music of Bulgaria. But the renowned women's choir offers a mere fragment of the country's diverse musical heritage. Song of the Crooked Dance, a 23-track compilation of recordings from 1927 to 1942, presents a far more extensive and stunning overview of the Bulgarian traditions, the breadth of which may surprise most listeners. The impassioned ornamentation of 17-year-old singer Vulkana Stoyanova echoes the great vocalists of flamenco. Solos on gaida (bagpipe) and kaval (end-blown flute) recall the launeddas masters of Sardinia and Celtic pipers and flautists. Pieces showcasing trumpet and clarinet resound with klezmer's free-metered reel. Remarkably, it's as if Balkan folk music channels the crosscultural gitano flame of the entire European continent. --Sam Prestianni
 

CD Reviews

In-depth and excellent
a.b. | AWOL | 01/25/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Great to know that Yazoo, a label which has released dozens of great, ancient recordings (a personal favorite is the Secret Museum of Mankind series), has, in the wake of several modern variations on Bulgarian folk music, released this awesome package. The variety of compositions and arrangements of this traditional music is well documented here, and the informative liner notes are great to have. The serious ethnomusicologist will take delight in the CD's presentation and in-depth look at Bulgaria's musical heritage, and the CD is great for the casual listener."