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Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares

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  • Marcel Cellier, Who Recorded Award-Winning "Mystery of Bulgarian Voices" Albums, Dies at 88

    Marcel Cellier, the Swiss music producer, radio broadcaster, ethnomusicologist, and musician, has died at the age of 88. Cellier, who recorded the famed series of albums of the Bulgarian State Television female vocal choir, Mystère des Voix Bulgares, first released in the US on Nonesuch Records in the late 1980s, died at a hospital in the Swiss Riviera on Friday, December 13, 2013. The album's release sparked a global interest in the captivating voices of the choir and was followed by a second volume, which earned a Grammy Award and led to an extensive world tour, a third recording, and a box set.

  • The Guardian's List of 50 Key Events in the History of World, Folk Music Includes Several Ties to Nonesuch

    The Guardian and Observer have published their list of the 50 key events in the history of world and folk music, which includes four events that also have a direct link to the history of Nonesuch Records, events involving Ry Cooder and the Buena Vista Social Club, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, Youssou N'Dour, and Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, and one that would later impact Kronos Quartet.

About this Album

This album’s release in 1987 sparked a global interest in the captivating voices of the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir. Recorded by Marcel Cellier in 1975, the record features modern vocal arrangements based on Bulgarian folk melodies and haunting, otherworldly performances.


The Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir
Under the direction of Philip Koutev and Krasimir Kyurkchiyski

Recorded in Bulgaria by Marcel Cellier
Mastering: Robert C. Ludwig

Art direction and design: Carin Goldberg
Cover art by Melanie Marder Parks

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