Posted on December 16, 2007
Filed Under English
I’m currently in the process of digitising my CD collection, because it just sits around in boxes and I never take the time to take out a CD and listen to it. Having them available as MP3s makes them much more accessible.
I was pleasantly surprised when I came across the CDs of ‘ Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares’, a collection of songs performed by the Bulgarian State Radio Vocal Choir. I still remember the impact these recordings had on me and my friends in the late eighties.
There was also a small-scale performance in Rotterdam at the time. I think three of the ‘front singers’ were supposed to perform, but only two of them could make it (on the other hand, it may have been the ‘Trio Bulgarka’ that performed that night). This led to some disappointed reactions in the crowd (a few hundred people in a small theatre), but all that disappointment disappeared as soon as they started. They blew everyone away with their vocal prowess and power.
It was one of the most memorable live performances I’ve ever witnessed (and I’ve been to a few), ending with these singers in traditional attire coming into the audience, inviting everyone to dance, which almost everybody did. It was total chaos, but the warm and festive atmosphere of that evening will always be remembered by those who were fortunate enough to have been there.
I found this video of a performance on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, where the choir performed two songs from the first CD (‘Erghen Diado’ and ‘Polegnala e Todora’), plus an American traditional (‘Oh Susana’).
By the way, the video may buffer a lot on the first try. Just let it run to the end, and then play it again.