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Outsinging the Nightingale-Lost Treasures of Bulgarian Music

PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:56 pm
by Chris P
Anyone heard this newly released beauty yet ?

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Re: Outsinging the Nightingale-Lost Treasures of Bulgarian Music

PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:28 am
by Des
Worth it just for the cover. Is it good? I'd be tempted...

Re: Outsinging the Nightingale-Lost Treasures of Bulgarian Music

PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:12 am
by Dominic
Ian A has been working his way through it, I believe...

Re: Outsinging the Nightingale-Lost Treasures of Bulgarian Music

PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:52 pm
by Philellinas
If it's anything like this other collection from the same stable it may be a little hardcore ethnic for some tastes:-
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I have my doubts about the title "Outsinging the nightingale" whether we are talking about length or quality. However, the 4 CD set is available for £14.99 from a certain outlet and at that price maybe you can't go wrong. If you don't like the music you can always cherish the cover.

Re: Outsinging the Nightingale-Lost Treasures of Bulgarian Music

PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:57 pm
by Des
I do hardcore ethnic, me.

Re: Outsinging the Nightingale-Lost Treasures of Bulgarian Music

PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 9:34 am
by Simon Broughton
I know this is following up a long-quiet thread, but I only recently got these discs to review. There's some great stuff here, although you need to dig a bit to find it. And I guess different people will like different things. This is the review which will be in the next Songlines:

Various Artists
Outsinging the Nightingale: Lost Treasures of Bulgarian Music 1905-1950
JSP Records
3* Bargain price (4 discs 306 mins)


As you might imagine, this is a treasure-chest of unknown gems from pioneering companies like Gramophone, Pathé, Odeon and a range of small record labels that existed in pre-WWII Bulgaria with glorious names like Orfei, Arfa and Mikrofon. These labels folded or got swallowed up by the state recording companies Radioprom and Balkanton in communist Bulgaria after 1950. Much of the music recorded here - village songs, urban singers and instrumentalists – also got tidied up and arranged into something more formulaic by the socialist regime. So there are no Le Mystère-type choirs but there’s a real sense of discovery. For instance, the third disc opens with the wonderful ‘Kopano’, a seductive dance by accordionist Boris Karlov, one of the big name musicians of the 1950s, soon followed by soft-voiced singer Gudi Gudev (from the 1930s). One of the other discoveries is the rich-voiced Vulkana Stoyanova accompanied, I think, by the fabulous Ramadan Lolov on clarinet. His ‘Orientalski Kyuchek’, from the 1930s, is like an early klezmer recording by Naftule Brandwein and worth the budget-price of the discs alone. In fact it’s the clarinet playing that stands out most on these discs – partly because it’s an instrument well-suited to the 78rpm recording process.

The collection was put together by American accordionist Lauren Brody who spent many months researching this material in Bulgaria in the 1970s and 1990s – as well as performing with Kapelye and the Yuri Yakakov Ensemble. There are 100 tracks here, 25 on each disc, sorted, as far as I can see, in no particular order. The earliest seems to be a Gramophone Company track from 1907 (although a few are undated), but most come from the 1930s and 40s and a few post 1950, so I’m not sure where the 1905-1950 of the title comes from. But there’s a great variety of music and the transfers are done well. If four discs seems excessive, Brody compiled an excellent one-disc collection for Yazoo called Song of the Crooked Dance (1998) which contains several of the best tracks included here, although not the wonderful ‘Orientalski Kyuchek’.
Simon Broughton

Re: Outsinging the Nightingale-Lost Treasures of Bulgarian Music

PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 6:20 pm
by kas
If you feel intrigued (like I was, briefly rising from my flu-stricken stupor...), you can always turn to our dear provider YT - and I assume you may already have.

I found an example by Vulkana Stojanova there. A lovely singer, and apparently she lived to an old age and was loved by many in Bulgaria:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=synqkt-u70s

Hardcore ethnic for 4 discs seems a bit hefty helping of any good stuff, though...

Re: Outsinging the Nightingale-Lost Treasures of Bulgarian Music

PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 6:32 pm
by Chris P
kas wrote: Vulkana Stojanova
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=synqkt-u70s


tune!
find!
Thracian vocal splendour and luvverly clarinet

Re: Outsinging the Nightingale-Lost Treasures of Bulgarian Music

PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 7:22 pm
by judith
I agree with Chris's assessment! I love it this Vulkana Stojanove YouTuve clip, Kas.

(Wonder if you've the same flu like the one we've had that strikes people hard and keeps wanting to re-occur)

Re: Outsinging the Nightingale-Lost Treasures of Bulgarian Music

PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 5:49 am
by kas
Sounds like the same one, Judith. I'm on my third week now and it is going nowhere. I was already suspecting something worse than just a flu, but my doctor took a look and sent me back home with the "full rest and lots of hot drinks" prescription.

But you can only drink so much hot brandy per day it seems...

Anyway, I got also intrigued by that clarinetist, Ramadan Lolov. A fascinating character himself. Apparently he was born 1904 to a gypsy family and became famous enough to be asked to perform at King Boris's wedding in 1930. Was a huge star, but still got buried in an unknown place when he had died...

There's this terrific solo number by him on YT:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InF6LijeGJU

Oh, and about Vulkana Stojanova: I learned that the song I posted was recorded on her very first session. She was all of 14 years old.