Although you'll only see a few tracks below, our CD has 16 tracks and is 48 minutes long. We'll change the tracks you can hear from time to time - but we won't be revealing the whole album online just yet.
So for now, the only way to get to hear the tracks - apart from coming to a concert - is to get hold of the CD. We're not selling a download-only version, and we're only selling the album as a whole.
Buy now to get an immediately-downloadable copy (with exclusive track pictures from our Bulgaria 2010 tour), and we'll put the physical CD in the post tomorrow.
Tracks include... 1. Mūri Yano 2. I Se Prochula, Razchula * 3. Sūbrali Sa Se, Nabrali * 4. Ogreyala Mesechinka 5. Mitro Le, Mitro 6. Razbolyal Se E Mlad Stuyan * 7. Dragana I Slaveya 8. Dorke Todorke 9. Mor’f Elenku 10. Sednalo E Jore 11. Zelnik, Delnik * 12. Chereshchitsa 13. Razvidrila Se’i Planina * 14. Byalo Rade * 15. Goro Le, Goro * 16. Pilentse, Postro Slaveiche
The starred tracks above (more than half the album in length) were written especially for us by Kiril Todorov.
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Goro Le Goro takes us to the cool, green forests of Bulgaria where heroes roam, nightingales sing and cherry trees bear fruit. Distant voices singing ‘on high’ cut through the mist and the sunshine reveals beautiful maidens. But the forest is also a place for men so there are songs of rampant flirting and seduction, of fighting for freedom from the Ottoman Turks... and of knitting, manfully.
Mixed folk choirs are unusual in Bulgaria, and the Bulgarian choral repertoire is almost exclusively female. This album’s masculine tone, in contrast with our more feminine debut Alyana Galyana, emerged as we worked with Bulgarian composer Kiril Todorov.
Kiril’s music was already a vital part of the choir’s repertoire, and with the BBC Performing Arts Fund helping to foot the bill, we commissioned him to write new songs to make full use of our vocal range. We have been flattered and stunned in equal measure by the muscular new arrangements Kiril has written for the choir, and relish performing the songs. We hope you enjoy the result.
released November 26, 2011
Sung by: Atsuko Cottam, Catherine Dauvergne-Newman, Charlie Ryan, Moni Sheehan, Narendra Kotiyan, Mirella Koleva, Diana Tsokova, Nadia Stefanova, Clare Lyons, Joanna Burke, Jordan Gogov, Veronica Simpson, Polly Hunt, Alison Conway, Bernard Burns, Iris Luppa, Mariana Bogdanova, Slaveia Kouchalieva, Cate Langmuir, Ginka Mastoridis, Kasia Sommerfeld, Lora Kaleva, Steven East, Tanya Jackson, Georgi Paraskov, Valentina Alexandrova, Ulrike Speyer, Ron Fielder, Denny Vlaeva, Deanna Benedict, Margaret Luck, Evi Stergiou, Kalina Koleva, Radoslava Leseva, Serena Parker, Vivienne Boucherat, Annie Tremp, Eleanor Etherington, Dessislava Stefanova, James Lyndsay
Angel Karaivanov, kaval
Bernard Burns, soprano sax
Evi Stergiou, guitar
Georgi Paraskov, tamboura
Ivan Ivanov, tūpan
Narendra Kotiyan, darbuka
Nikolay Baldaranov, double bass
Nino Nikolov, violin
Conducted & produced by Dessislava Stefanova
Co-produced, recorded & mixed by Haydn Bendall
Co-produced by James Lyndsay
Mastered by Nick Robbins
Artwork & design by Jay Alvarez
Collage by Kasia Sommerfeld
Photography by Radoslava Leseva assisted by Steve Adams
Birds and forest by reinsamba and dobroide (freesound)
Our families and friends for their continued love, support and concert attendance. All the singers who have come through the choir and contributed to its character and sound. Our loyal fans.
The Bulgarian Embassy and Bulgarian Cultural Institute in London for their generous hospitality.
The album production posse: Cate, Kasia, Radoslava, Serena, James and Moni. Kiril Todorov for the music and the mischief. Chris White for his ears and ideas.
Finally, our huge thanks to Haydn Bendall. Without his time, expertise and generous spirit, we would still be in the forest.
Beautiful Yana, my rebel sweetheart, where is the white necklace I gave you?’
‘My love, I sold it for bullets, a gift from me to your comrades-in-arms.’
Track Name: Mitro Le, Mitro
‘Hey Mitra, why is your boy looking so ill? Is it from wine and rakiya brandy, or has he eaten too many pickles?’
‘It’s not from wine or from pickles. He went to Tsaparevo last night and seduced all the maidens. He wrote their names in a book, and then he lost the book. That’s why he’s so ill.’
Track Name: Dragana I Slaveya
Dragana sat in her garden under a rose bush, embroidering and singing. A nightingale perched above her and said,‘Keep singing, Dragana. If you can outsing me, cut off my wings. If I win, I’ll cut off your hair.’ But Dragana sang even more beautifully than the nightingale. The bird pleaded, ‘I have young chicks in my nest. Don’t chop off my wings,chop off my legs instead.’ Dragana replied, ‘Nightingale, I don’t need to chop off anything. It is prize enough to have outsung you.’
Track Name: Byalo Rade
White Rada is sweeping her yard, her slender figure swaying, her arms like pale wings. As she sings, pearls flow from her mouth. ‘Beautiful Rada, my daughter, don’t leave your yard, don’t lift your eyes, don’t give your flower away.'