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Pre-purchase our new album Songs of Forbidden Love for the special price of £8. Get the CD in your hand at our launch concert on 9 November.
Songs of Forbidden Love
Songs of Forbidden Love gives us Kalimanku Denku’s heartbreaking harmonies, Traitsa Brate’s sparse discord, Ima Nema’s fierce antiphony. Our songs subvert ‘boy meets girl’ as only Bulgarian folk music can – man falls for cousin, girl meets dragon, granny imagines grandad in a sexy coat. Haven’t we all been there?
The album will go on sale first at our launch concert on 9 November. Pre-order your copies right now for £8, and pick them up at the gig.
Goro Le Goro
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.
* Newly-comissioned songs from Kiril Todorov.
Listen to Muri Yano: Dragana: Byalo Rade:
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.
If you're desperate to hear it all right now, you can download the album from Bandcamp. It'll cost a little more, you'll download the songs immediately, and we'll still send you the CD tomorrow.
Alyana Galyana is the choir's first CD, and contains 18 of our favourite songs. You can hear short excerpts of some of the tracks by clicking on the links below.
We've tried to make this the very best recording we could; we gathered in wonderful spaces and found expert engineers (Dill Katz recording, Nick Robbins mastering) to capture the choir's particular sound. The CD comes with a beautiful eight-page booklet containing translations of the songs.
The CD is only available from us, either at concerts, or through this website. Every penny spent on the CD supports the choir and the composers of the music.
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If you like the beautiful design for the cover, you might want to know that we have t-shirts based on the same design in all sizes, short and long sleves, for a tenner. Email dessi(at)londonbulgarianchoir.co.uk if you would like to know more.