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Koutev Bulgarian National Ensemble

Koutev Bulgarian National Ensemble

Created in 1951 by Philip Koutev, the Bulgarian National Ensemble performs distinctive Balkans music, featuring strong female voices and traditional instruments such as the gadulka (a bowed fiddle), kaval (end–blown flute), and gaida (bagpipes). The music is characterized by complex rhythms and harmonies, as seen on Track 4, “Dumai, Zlato (Speak Up, Zlata),” a beautiful and haunting example of a cappella choral singing, and Track 5, an instrumental medley. Liner notes include descriptions of the performers, instruments, and dances, with a translation of each song title.

Track Listing

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101
Sluntze Gree V Nebeto (The Sun is Shining in the Sky) Koutev Bulgarian National Ensemble 1:24
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102
Yana Tzvete Brala (Yana Picked a Flower) Koutev Bulgarian National Ensemble 2:53
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103
Dilmano, Dilbero Koutev Bulgarian National Ensemble 1:26
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104
Dumai, Zlato (Speak Up, Zlata) Koutev Bulgarian National Ensemble 2:16
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105
Bulgarska Suita (Bulgarian Suite): Kopanitza (Round Dance) / Rodopska Pesen (Rhodope Song) / Paidushko Horo- Haiduk Round Dance (medley) Koutev Bulgarian National Ensemble 4:52
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106
Trugnala E Vakla Jelka (Black-Eyed Zhelka Set Out) Koutev Bulgarian National Ensemble 1:18
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107
Subrali Sa Se, Subrali (They Gathered, They Gathered) Koutev Bulgarian National Ensemble 3:44
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108
Angelina Koutev Bulgarian National Ensemble 1:45
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201
Trite Puti (Horo)(Three Times) Koutev Bulgarian National Ensemble 3:09
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202
Sunyo, Ti Moi Sunyo (Oh Dream, Oh Thou My Daydream) Koutev Bulgarian National Ensemble 1:04
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203
Aide, Sluntze Zaide (Come, The Sun Has Set) Koutev Bulgarian National Ensemble 3:44
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204
Bre, Petrunko (Ho! Dear Petroona) Koutev Bulgarian National Ensemble 1:12
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205
Kermensko Horo (Kermen Round Dance) Koutev Bulgarian National Ensemble 2:55
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206
Vido, Vido, Byala Vido (Vida, Vida, You White-Skinned Vida!) Koutev Bulgarian National Ensemble 2:50
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207
Mama Todorka Dumashe (Mamma Was Talking to Theodora) Koutev Bulgarian National Ensemble 2:06
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208
Dimka Za Voda Hodeshe (Dimka Went to Draw Water) Koutev Bulgarian National Ensemble 1:21
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209
Chereshko Le, Vishnichko Le (Cherry, My Nice Cherry!) Koutev Bulgarian National Ensemble 1:12
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