"BULGARIAN FOLK DANCES" - Varius
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In the Bulgarian folk tradition instrumental music performs a specific function - to accompany the horo dances played on Sundays or at public holidays in the village square. Each region in Bulgaria has its own preferences for the specific instruments and characteristic dances. In Dobroudja, for example, the typical horo dances Opas, Sborenka, Ruka, Tropanka, etc. are accompanied on kopanka, gaida (bagpipe), and in more recent times, by three concertina-, kopanka- and bagpipe-players. In the Pirin Mountains region the heavy horo dancing used to be accompanied on tamburas, tarambukas, or zurnas (in the southernmost parts). In Thrace the favourite instrument is the kaval.
With the mass penetration of West-European musical culture some instruments which are the closest to the Bulgarian spiritual make up were also introduced - the clarinet, the violin, the accordion... These new technical resources enhanced immensely the progress in the development of instrumental music, which, on its behalf, provoked the skill of folk musicians. Today one can hear equally brilliant virtuosos on both traditional and so-called "modern" instruments. You will come across some of them in this CD.
A part of the horo dances are authentic, while the rest are works of Kosta Kolev, Hristofor Radanov, Krustyo Dimov, Georgi Petrov, Alexander Raichev, Angel Vangelov, Delcho Mitev, Valentin Yankov, Dimiter Lavchev, and Ivan Boichev.