The Magic of Bulgarian Voices
This is a stopgap possession, to me: for years I have been searching for THE recording of Izliazal e Delyu haidutin that was used in a dance concert I lit in the mid-1980s in Seattle, and in 2007 I finally managed to locate this ones (Track 1) which sounds like the same singer singing but is definitely not the same recording. Still, its as close as Ive gotten to date, so Im hanging on to it.
But oh dear me is this a mess of a CD*, starting with its graphic compositionbetter than which I could produce while roaring drunk and incapacitated. As for the musical content, after that first track everythings by two or three other ensembles/soloists, and nothing has anything near the intensity of the former. I dont refer to the intensity of the voices, as Bulgarian womens choral voices are nothing if not intense, but rather the combination of the solists voice, the melody, and the pacing of it all. That first track, referred to in other recordings as Izliazal e Delio Haidutin or Izlel je Delyo Hajdutin or Излел е Делю хайдутин or Излел е Дельо хайдутин, is truly and fundamentally intense in those ways. Its a track that implies a simple, passionate lamentation: its lyrics, at least in this form, are brief and mention only that certain people fought certain other peopleend of story. Its storytelling import seems to be implied, inherited, assumed.
That first tracks song was apparently one of the Earth-representative musical tracks included on the gold discs of recordings on board the Voyager spacecrafts in 1977not necessarily this recording of it, however, nor the one I first heard, but Im pretty sure it was Valia Balkanska (Вала Балканска / Valya Balkanska).
* Dont get me wrong! None of the performances on the CD are at all bad; its just that they vary in nature and quality so much that it sounds like it was pasted together from three unrelated CDs of solo-Bulgarian-female songs. That cover, though wowza, is that ever ghastly .
Comments © 2009 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.