Clarinet players in the Thracian region of Bulgaria are legion, but Georgi Koev’s style was unique. Recognized as a very astute and self-assured performer with a unique tone and color, Koev was famous for his improvisation. His repertoire consisted of traditional dances from the Pazardzhik region and slow, expressive melodies which always moved his audience. This unique collection features 25 melodies played by the legendary Bulgarian clarinetist which Yves Moreau compiled from the archives of the Bulgarian National Radio and former state-owned Balkanton record company. The CD comes with a 24-page booklet with photographs and texts (in Bulgarian, English and French) written and translated by Nikolay Chapanski (Radio Plovdiv), Martha Forsyth and Yves.
The CD is the second one to be issued in the “Balkan Folk Archives” collection following the double-CD set Boris Karlov: Legend of the Bulgarian Accordion, which Yves produced in 2003.
USD $15 + $5 shipping; CAD $20 + $2 shipping. Details, including order form and sample tracks can be found on Yves’ website.