The main aim of the album is to share with the listeners the pleasure of the music. Each song brings its own touch or colour to the kaleidoscopic picture, which reveals the musical atmosphere and temperament of the Bulgarian folklore. The variety of performances highlights the remarkable singing qualities of the 20 singers – a polyphonic instrument in the hands of their conductor and soloists – successors of ancient art of singing.
One of the unifying musical elements in Bulgarian Voices Angelite’s Angelina is the rhythm. The Bulgarian folk-music is famous for the abundance of irregular, asymmetric measures – dubbed by Bela Bartok the “Bulgarian rhythm”. Many of the songs on the album are built on such a meter and rhythm base. The sound of the drum in Bulgaria is a symbol of the feast and of dancing horo (round chain dance). We can hear it in some of the authors’ arrangements, performed by one of the best Bulgarian percussionists –Stoyan Yankulov.
One of the unifying musical elements in this project is the rhythm. The Bulgarian folk-music is famous for the abundance of irregular, asymmetric measures – dubbed by Bela Bartok the “Bulgarian rhythm”. Many of the songs on the album are built on such a meter and rhythm base. The sound of the drum in Bulgaria is a symbol of the feast and of dancing horo (round chain dance). We can hear it in some of the authors’ arrangements, performed by one of the best Bulgarian percussionists –Stoyan Yankulov.
In the mosaic structure of the program cohabit contrasting in their characteristics – solo, choral and in some of them instrumental accompaniment. The folklore, ancient and modern, is present with elegant balance between tradition and modern approach. Choir and soloists pursue strictly the respective region, local style and musical dialects. They recreate the patterns of the old musical folklore in a mode close to the old traditions from the different regions.
A musical surprise in this album is a song taken from the folklore of an ethnic group karakachani(nomad mountain shepherds) who live for ages in Bulgaria.The singer, performing the song is one of them by birth.The traditional melody is harmonized by
instrumental accompaniment. The compositions of Zdravko Manolov “ Tapan bie” and Georgi Petkov “Ochi, ochi”, “Gaidine sviriat”, show the individual approach of the authors of closeness or remoteness to the original traditional song. ”Erke, mori,Erke”- a traditional song from the Shope region is arranged by Georgy Petkov into multi-voice choral version with perceptible Shope discordance. The drums emphasize complex rhythmic formulas and fragmentation into irregular measure of 12/16.
Within the wealth of colors in the program, two songs stand out for their styles – they are the works of Theodosii Spassov, recognized as the best kaval player in the world. His two songs in the program, written specially for this project, reflect his view of the world – concentrated, playful, noble, heart-felt and natural.
The remarkable Bulgarian composer Ivan Spassov uses in his compositions aleatory technique with overlapped polyphonic patterns. From the roots of the traditional song “ Leilinko, kuzum pilanze” springs a creatively developed musical work with free, irregular harmony and soft sonority. This is one of the last songs of Ivan Spassov, written at the end of his path of life, specifically for the Bulgarian voices Angelite.The music reveals the philosophy of the author relating to the universe and eternity.
The last song of the album is the end of a journey, which starts in the distant past and ends in our days. A journey in which one can experience the power of the folk art, feel the bond between generations and learn about the millenarian Bulgarian music history.
IVAN SPASSOV (Composer)
Ivan Spassov was born in 1934 into a Sofia musical family. He studied at the Sofia Musical Academy and afterwards in Warsaw. In 1962 he became music director of the orchestras of Plovdiv and Pazardjik and in 1989 he became professor of music and rector of the Musical Academy of Plovdiv. He is an outstanding figure among the Bulgarian composers inspired by the traditional Bulgarian music and creatively introducing new techniques in his compositions.
THEODOSII SPASSOV (Composer)
Theodosii Spassov was born in 1961.He began his early training on the kaval (a wooden”shepherd” flute)at the Kotel Music School and the Academy of Music and Dance in Plovdiv. He developed his own unique style of playing and he is reputed to be the best kaval player not only in Bulgaria but worldwide. His musical compositions are regarded by the musicologists as a new musical genre.
GEORGI PETKOV (Conductor)
Georgi Petkov was born in the town of Gabrovo in 1961 in a family of traditional musicians. He finished secondary music school and in 1986 graduated at the Academy of Music in Plovdiv with speciality “Choral Conductorship”.Since then he has worked as a conductor and chief conductor of many Bulgarian choirs and has toured with these groups throughout Europe. Since 1999 Georgi Petkov is the artistic director of The Bulgarian voices – ANGELITE.
Georgi Petkov participates in many international music projects both as a composer and conductor in co-authorship with reputed musicians such as: Adriano Celentano, Bobby McFerrin, Edy Jobson, Enrike Morente, Chieftains, Michael Alperin and the Moscow Art-trio, Antonio Zambujo, Okaj Temiz, Burhan Okal from Turkey, Fanfare Chokarlia from Romania, Boyan Ristich Brass band many others.
LIST OF ANGELITE:
Bilyana Sokolova , Biserka Danova , Elka Simeonova, Galya Haralambieva, Kostadinka Inkova, Kostadinka Ratsova, Nadezhda Ilieva, Nadya Vladimirova, Rositsa Dimitrova, Sonya Keremetchieva, StoimenkaOutchikova-Nedialkova, Tanya Velichkova, Tatyana Duparinova, Teodora Sokolova , Tonia Iankova, Tzetza Bekova,Valeria Petrova,Vanya Vakari,Velichka Chausheva,Yuliya Koleva.
Special thanks to Vassilka Spassova for her precious help to record Ivan Spassov’s songs. Studio – recording, editing, balance fall 2012 Sofia, Bulgaria