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Traditional instrumental dance music is part of Bulgarian musical folklore. In the past, it accompanied the horo dances played on Sundays and holidays. Today, this music is still performed at personal and social celebrations, but it is also included in folk ensemble performances and at solo concerts, in clubs and folk-dance schools.
The programme of this release features horo dances from different ethnographic regions – Thrace, North Bulgaria, Dobroudja, Southwest Bulgaria, etc., which include the uneven metres, typical of Bulgarian folk music: 5/8, 7/8, 9/8, 13/8 (Paidoushko Horo, Ruchenitsa, Daichovo Horo, Elenino), etc., as well as straight horos (2/4). The performers are masters of the traditional and so-called ‘modern’ instruments, soloists and orchestras from prominent folk ensembles.


  • Track Listing

    [1] Danubian Daichovo Horo     3:26
    arranged by Vassil Purvanov    
    [2] Ruchenik with a Quarter of a Bushel 2:29

    (Ruchenik s shinitsi)
    music Kostadin Bouradjiev            
    [3] Gonenitsa     4:53
    music Marian Shterev                    
    [4] Suite from Northern Bulgaria    4:20
    music Hristofor Radanov            
    [5] Opas from Silistra    3:47
    arranged by Kostadin Bouradjiev        
    [6] Paidoushko Horo 2:43  
    music Delcho Mitev and Hristofor Radanov        
    [7] Shareno Horo (Multi-Coloured Horo) 2:39
    music Georgi Andreev    
    [8] Bouenek     3:13
    music Alexander Raichev and Hristofor Radanov        
    [9] Thracian Tunes for Bagpipe 2:03
    music Peter Kostadinov        
    [10]  Pravo Severnyashko Horo 2:50
    arranged by Vassil Purvanov    
    [11] Petrunino Horo     2:31
    music Georgi Andreev                
    [12] Kasumsko Horo    2:45
    arranged by Kostadin Bouradjiev        
    [13] Petrovsko Elenino 3:48
    arranged by Vassil Purvanov            
    [14] Daichovo Horo 3:02
    music Georgi Petrov and Hristofor Radanov        
    [15] Whisk Your Pigskin Sandal (Brusni tsurvoul) 2:41
    music Stefan Moutafchiev     
    [16] The Long One (Dulgata) 4:25
    arranged by Vassil Purvanov    
    [17] Yambolska Ruchenitsa 2:58
    music Krustyo Dimov and Hristofor Radanov    
    DDD 54:32

  • Performed by

    “Horo” Orchestra – Rousse, “Dobroudja” Ensemble Orchestra, “Trakia” Ensemble Orchestra, Nedyalko Nedyalkov (kaval), Peyo Peev (gadulka), Nikola Nikolov (gaida), “Philip Koutev” Ensemble Orchestra, Alexander Djigov (gaida), Delcho Mitev (clarinet), Dimiter Milarov (accordion), Alexander Raichev (gaida), Peter Kostadinov (gaida), Mitko Popov (tupan), Dimiter Todorov (gaida), Yordan Georgiev (tupan), Jivko Jelev (kaval), Georgi Petrov (gadulka), Petko Zhelyazkov (gadulka), Krustyo Dimov (kaval)


    Conductors: Vassil Purvanov, Kostadin Bouradjiev, Dimiter Hristov, Georgi Andreev, Hristofor Radanov 

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