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Bulgarian Folk Songs and Dance

When referring to classical arrangement of Bulgarian folk music, the name of Stefan Kanev (1930-1991) is associated with some of the most exquisite songs and instrumental masterpieces. He received an academic education in music (opera singing, composition, theory of music and pedagogy) and entered the world of folk art by chance, but his creative biography was connected to folklore up to the end of his life. His name is also related to the most brilliant and beloved Bulgarian folk performers and ensembles. Almost every singer or instrumentalist from the second half of the 20th century had worked with Stefan Kanev. Thus the real masterpieces in folk art were created like: “Hei, Neda”, “Three nightingales are singing”, “Eyes, black eyes”, “Don’t be in a hurry, Sun”, and hundreds of others, some of which you will be able to hear in this original overview of beloved performers, songs and melodies.


  • Track Listing

    [1] Stoyan was saying to Dragana 4’35’’

    [2] Hei, Neda 1’30’’

    [3] A piece for kaval and orchestra 3’05’’

    [4] Vena had run away 2’40’’

    [5] Have supper, Rada 2’15’’

    [6] Rumenka went to fetch water 2’50’’

    [7] Don’t be in a hurry, Sun 3’18’’

    [8] Tropanka from Kairyak 2’10’’

    [9] Three nightingales are singing 3’50’’

    [10] A chicken flew across the forest 2’00’’

    [11] Danube rachenitsa 1’54’’

    [12] Beautiful Rada comes from down the street 2’53’’

    [13] Taxes are collected 2’32’’

    [14] I passed by last night, mother 2’10’’

    [15] Forest, why are you worried 3’20’’

    [16] You, girl, you devil girl 3’15’’

    [17] It is hard, mother, for the person who loves two maidens 2’23’’

    [18] Good heavens, Yana 3’06’’

    [19] Old father-in-law was saying to Yanka 2’25’’

    [20] Eyes, black eyes 3’30’’

    Total: 52’21’’

  • Participating

    Kalinka Zgourova, Bulgarian National Radio Folk Songs Ensemble, Kalinka Valcheva, Nikola Kostov – kaval, Boika Prisadova, Folk Choir of the “Philip Koutev” National School of Folk Arts – Kotel, Petko Zhelyazkov – gadulka, Pirin Ensemble – Blagoevgrad, Veneta Tsvetkova, Rhodopa Folk Ensemble – Smolyan, Stoyan Dechev – accordion, Elena Gramatikova, Trakia Ensemble – Plovdiv, Yanka Rupkina, Olga Borissova, Vassilka Andonova, Nikola Atanassov – gaida, Dobrin Panayotov, Krassimir Kyurkchiisky, Alexander Kokareshkov, Dora Hristova, Dimitar Penev, Katya Barulova, Peter Krumov, Kiril Stefanov, Stefan Mutafchiev, Boyan Nankov, Lyuben Botusharov, Kosta Kolev, Vichka Nikolova, Emil Kolev, Dimitar Dinev

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