- Friday, June 17, 2011
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 Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares
Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares (Mystery of Bulgarian Voices) has been known by many names since its inception in 1952. Founded by Philip Koutev as the Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir, the group began as a way to showcase the folk music of Bulgaria as well as commission new pieces by top Bulgarian composers. The group received much wider recognition with the Nonesuch release of two anthologies of the group in the late 1980s, with some tracks dating back to the group's earliest years.
The group's second Nonesuch release, Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Vol. II, earned a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Recording and led to an extensive world tour, taking the singers across Europe, North and South America, and Asia. In 1994, Nonesuch released a third recording, Ritual, followed a year late by a box set with all three albums.
September 22, 1995
This box set includes the three Nonesuch recordings by the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal choir: Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, volumes I and II, and Ritual. The choir sparked a global sensation with these groundbreaking records, with their eerily beautiful music and spellbinding arrangements and performances, which the New York Times described as “consistently, continually astonishing.”