Artist: Topolovo orchestra

Name: Belintash

Released: 2005

Label: Gega new

Format: Cristal

Total playing: 44'59

Price : 12.50 €

Add to the basket

Ref.: CR00154GEGA


Belintash (Topolovo orchestra)

Five French musicians play folk music like real Bulgarians, and only one of them studied music and Bulgarian language in Bulgaria. Their performance takes us back to the best traditions of the Bulgarian wedding orchestras. The group was founded in 1999 by Emmanuel Frin (clarinet, gaida, saxophone) and Wenceslas Hervieux (accordion), who from the outset created a repertoire based on Bulgarian folk music. They were soon joined by Jacky Molard (violin, viola, guitar), Jean-François Roger (percussions), and Etienne Callac (bass guitar) then Kalinka Vulcheva former soloist with the Mystery of Bulgarian Voices. The work of Emmanuel Frin with leading Bulgarian musicians (the gaida players, Petko Stefanov, Maria Stoyanova, Dimitar Dimitrov, the clarinetist Nikola Iliev of Konushenski orchestra and the saxophonist Valentin Raikov of Maritza orchestra) helped him assimilate the finer points of the Bulgarian folk style and to develop an interpretive approach, which is both convincing and commanding. He succeeded in passing his knowledge and emotional attitude to his colleagues in the orchestra. That is why the recordings in this programme “Belintash” (released by Gega New) sound with the typical ornaments and vigour of the Bulgarian wedding orchestras. The music in this CD is very popular. It comes from the repertoire of well-known folk groups (Konoushenska, Parvomai, etc.), but the arrangements of Emmanuel Frin and Jacky Molard add a new colouring to the melody, without deviating from the Bulgarian mood of performance. “Topolovo” Orchestra is the first French instrumental group for Bulgarian folk music to release a compact disc on the Gega New label. The name of the orchestra is not chosen by chance. Just as all wedding orchestras are named after their native places, “Topolovo” is named after the village that has shown a warm welcome to Emmanuel Frin. And “Belintash” is a forested mountain peak overlooking the Bulgarian village of Topolovo, where an ancient Thracian temple honouring Sabazii, the Thracian god of nature, was recently uncovered.

Topolovo orchestra - Musicians

  • Emmanuel FRIN : clarinet, gaïda, saxophone
  • Jacky MOLARD : fiddle, viola, guitar
  • Wenceslas HERVIEUX : accordion
  • Jean-François ROGER : percussion, tarambuka, djembe, drums
  • Etienne CALLAC : electro-acoustique bass guitar, fretless bass guitar

Belintash - Sound extracts

  • Ludanitsa
  • Na Sabor
  • Mari Mariiko
  • Sabazii
  • Daichovata
  • Laleto
  • Trite Puti
  • Strandjanska Ruchenitsa
  • Belintash