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The Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir

Further Notes:

Subjects for Further Research [1980s]: Bulgaria used to be Thrace, a wellspring of Greek music in the Golden Age, and there are those who claim (with less historical logic than metaphorical flair) that the singers who dominate the unearthly cult hits dubbed Mystère des Voix Bulgares are as close as we'll ever get to that fabled, unheard stuff. When I'm in the mood I find the cutting calm of their concertized version far more vibrant and arresting than the nation's neoauthentic mountain styles. When I'm not I can be heard muttering, "Meet the new age, same as the old age."