The style and performance of the songs are more in agreement with accepted classical choral performance, showing sophistication in phrasing and dynamics that were missing in the rougher Bulgarian folk group.
Mediterranean Sounds - Croatiaâ€™s Mystic Voices - klapa fa lindo (9 female voices) & klapa sinj lipo ime (11 male voices) - Nenad Bach Music multichannel 4.0 SACDs, NBM 118 & NBM 119 ****:
Remember the Bulgarian womenâ€™s choir of some years back? It came to mind when first hearing these two joyful choral albums of folk music of the Balkans region. The differences are several: Now we have the voices in glorious hi-res four-channel surround sound. There are two choral groups - one all female and the other all male. The style and performance of the songs are more in agreement with accepted classical choral performance, showing sophistication in phrasing and dynamics that were missing in the rougher Bulgarian folk group. The appeal of the general sound and folk culture is the same however, and these recordings should find a ready audience.
The womenâ€™s group, The Folklore Ensemble Lindo, was founded in Dubrovnik in l965 to preserve the cultural heritage of that region of Croatia. Its young women members perform as both singers and dancers. Anonymous Dalmatian folk songs as well as recently-composed a cappella pieces make up their repertory. Some of the recent songs tell of the long struggle for freedom in this war-torn region. A short description of each song and its English title are given in the colorful booklets.
The second SACD features the male choir from Dalmatia called Klapa Sinj. It was founded in l982 to promote Croatiaâ€™s musical legacy. Repertory consists of a variety of traditional songs, all approached with an overriding joy that is palpable in the beauty of their vocal harmonies. The choir is made up of very talented members to have developed the groupâ€™s highly individual performance style and even contribute new pieces to the existing catalog of klapa music. The songs deal with love, friendship, the Croatiansâ€™ defense of their freedom, and the beauty of their land. The first two words of the Croatian national anthem are â€śOur beautiful,â€? and Croatians refer to their homeland as Our Beautiful. If you have difficult locating these fine SACDs, email firstname.lastname@example.org