[an error occurred while processing this directive] [an error occurred while processing this directive]
Like this page?
Send it to a friend!
Sunday 25 December 2005 21:30-22:15 (Radio 3)
Singer Dessislava Stefanova travels back to her native country in search of the roots of women's choral singing in Bulgaria. She explores the development of the tradition during the Soviet era, and how by the 1980s it had become one of world music's most captivating and successful genres.
In Bulgaria, women's choral singing played a huge part in the growth of interest in world music in the 1980s and 1990s. With beautiful, mournful vocal lines, exotic harmonies and distinctive vocal timbres, Bulgarian ensembles and choirs won wild acclaim throughout the US and Europe. Their recordings were packaged as 'Le Mystere des voix Bulgares', and they seemed to connect with a thousand year old folk history. But the choral tradition was actually born much more recently - in the early days of the Soviet era.
Sunday Feature pagesThe John Tusa interviews