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09/10/2011

Lucy Duran meets Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares, a choir of Bulgarian women who for the past three decades have brought traditional Bulgarian polyphonic singing to a world audience.

Lucy Duran meets 'Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares', the choir of Bulgarian women who for the past three decades have brought the complexities and subtleties of traditional Bulgarian polyphonic singing to a world audience. Plus a review of new world music tracks.

'Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares' started out life as the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir. In 1975 the Swiss musicologist Marcel Cellier released a compilation of their recordings with the title 'Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares', which was later picked up by the English band Bauhaus and rereleased to great acclaim. The choir won a Grammy in 1990, and have performed across the globe. Their style is influenced by Bulgarian folk singing and also by the area's Byzantine and Ottoman heritage, with modal scales, dissonant hamonies and the use of glissando. Their music has been described as ""the marriage of the avant-garde and the Middle Ages", and also as "somewhere between the Muslim call to prayer and the Beach Boys.".

50 minutes

Last on

Sun 9 Oct 2011 22:40

Music Played

  • BBC Studio Session - Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares

    • Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir

      Moma Houbava (A Beautiful Young Girl)

      • BBC Studio Session.
      • 23rd September 2011, Maida Vale.
  • Anoushka Shankar

    Casi Uno

    • Traveller.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 00289 477 9363.
  • Wanlov Kubolor

    Veverita

    • African Gypsy.
    • Pidgen Music.
    • PMR008.
  • Lee Jung Hwa

    I Don't Like

    Artist: Shin Joong Hyun

    • Shin Joong Hyun - Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound of South Korea 1958 - 1974.
    • Light in the Attic.
    • LITA 065.
  • Aziz Sahmaoui

    Black Market

    • Aziz Sahmaoui and the University of Gnawa.
    • Socadisc.
    • GP005.
  • BBC Studio Session - Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares

    • Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir

      Polegnala E Todora (Theodora is Dozing)

      • BBC Studio Session.
      • 23rd September 2011, Maida Vale.
    • Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir

      Vocal Sextet (authentic songs from the Shope area)

      • BBC Studio Session.
      • 23rd September 2011, Maida Vale.
    • Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir

      Ergen Deda

      • BBC Studio Session.
      • 23rd September 2011, Maida Vale.

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