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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

The Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir’s first studio recording since its two anthologies launched a worldwide phenomenon in the late 1980s, Ritual draws principally on Christmas carols and tunes meant for St. Lazar’s Day, a health and fertility holiday occurring the Saturday before Palm Sunday.


The Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir
Dora Hristova, conductor
Voices: Radka Alexova, Vassilka Andonova, Olga Borissova, Vassilka Damyanova, Nadejda Hvoyneva, Violeta Marinova, Roussana Nedialkova, Kremena Stantcheva, Binka Dobreva, Rouslana Vasileva, Roumiana Milanova, Rossitza Lazarova, Silvia Vassileva, Elisaveta Hineva, Elitchka Krastanova, Elizabeta Petrova, Marina Ianakieva, Evgenia Miloucheva, Kalinka Kaneva, Zlatka Stanilova, Kostadinka Iankova, Emilia Ivanova, Evgenia Vassileva, Violeta Petkova

Guest Male Vocalists: Daniel Spassov, Vladimir Kouzov

Instrumentalists: Atanas Valtchev, gadulka (fiddle); Ivan Dentchev, tambura (mandolin); Dantcho Radoulov, kaval (flute); Ludmil Sotirov, gaida (bagpipe); Evgeni Eremiev, contrabass
Produced by Nikolai Kaufmann
Recorded December 1993 by GEGA New Ltd. At Radio Sofia, Bulgaria
Instrumental music produced by Daniel Kahn and Atanas Valtchev
Recorded July 1994 in Sofia, Bulgaria
Produced in cooperation with Disques Cellier
Associate producer: Vladimir Barov
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, Maine

Art direction and design: John William Costa
Cover illustration by Melanie Marder Parks

Executive Producers:
Daniel Kahn for Elektra Nonesuch
Marcel Cellier for Disques Cellier

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