Boris Karlov (1924-1964)
Legend of the Bulgarian Accordion
2-CD set
Catalogue #: BMA-1005-6
USD/CAD: $25.


This 2-CD set features 40 exciting folk melodies played by the legendary Bulgarian accordionist and compiled by Yves Moreau from the archives of the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), Balkanton records and rare old 78's. Descriptive notes by Manol Todorov and Yves Moreau (28-page booklet). Boris Karlov is credited for being the first to develop a distinct technique and style for playing Bulgarian folk music on the accordion. This compilation presents the «classics» of Karlov's repertoire in chronological order. Boris Karlov was an usurpassed accordion player with an exquisite and particular beautiful tone, full of emotionality. He was a folk musician with an iron sense of rhythm and brilliant technique who played Bulgarian folk melodies with an infectious musical sensitivity. Some of his tunes have become standard favorites among North American Balkan music and dance adepts: Bavno Horo, Gjuševska Râčenica, Dajčovo Horo, Gankino Horo, Elenino Horo, etc.

«...excellent and rare collection superbly presented ("Bravo" award).» 
Etienne Bours, TRAD Magazine, France

«...superb and welcome collection with valuable liner notes..
hard to imagine how it might be bettered.» Kim Burton, Songlines Magazine, United Kingdom

«...thorough no-nonsense two-CD packaging...some of the world's greatest music 
and rarely heard...» Josh Dolgin, The Hour, Montreal

(Click on red titles for sample sound clip): 

CD#1: (1940-1954)
1. Obedjansko Horo; 2. Vrâbniska Râčenica; 3. Sitno Horo; 4. Râčenica; 5. Bre Blagatka; 6. Makedonsko Horo; 7. Dajcovo Horo; 8. Sofijsko Šopsko Horo; 9. Gankino Horo; 10. Kjustendilsko Horo; 11. Severnjaška Râčenica; 12. Gankino Horo13. Trakijsko Horo; 14. Trakijska Râčenica; 15. Gankino Horo;
16. Dajčovo Horo; 17. Plovdivsko Horo; 18. Dajčovo Horo
; 19. Gankino Horo; 20. Mjatalo Lence Jabâlka.

CD#2 (1955-1964): 
21. Trakijsko Horo (B); 22. Kjustendilska Râčenica; 23. Pravo Horo; 24. Graovsko Horo (A); 25. Radino Horo; 26. Šopsko Horo (1); 27. Elenino Horo (A); 28. Dajčovo Horo (1B); 29. Četvorno Horo; 30. Dudino Horo (A); 31.Elenino Horo (B); 32. Trakijsko Horo (2); 33. Graovsko Horo (B); 34. Pazardžiška Râčenica (also known as 
Gjuševska Râčenica); 35. Dudino Horo (B); 36. Levskarsko Horo; 37. Krivo Horo; 38. Šopsko Horo (2); 39. Dajčovo Horo (4); 40. Pazardžiško Pravo Horo.

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