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Bulgarian Folk Dances

Patko Radev & Friends / Завръщане към началото (Zavrushtane kum nachaloto)

Petko Radev

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Gega GD 351

Most if not all of this material was released on Balkanton in the 1970s and 1980s.

  • Petko Radev – clarinet
  • Ivan Kirev – accordion
  • Petko Dachev – accordion
  • Ivan Mihov – violin
  • Ivan Hadjiiski – trumpet
  • Ivan Shibilev – accordion
  • Emil Kolev – accordion
  • Yordan Yotov – accordion


Petko Radev, clarinet, has a special place in Bulgarian music culture. On the one hand, he is one of the most renowned classical music performers. He played in the Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra, in Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and the Milan Scala orchestra. His solo repertoire is impressive. Gega New has released recordings of his performances together with pianist Maria Prinz (GD 226). Petko Radev is a professor in the Sofia Academy of Music.

Together with that, he is a legend in Bulgarian folk music. Being a brilliant performer, he skillfully combines his virtuosic technique with magnificent improvisations on samples of Bulgarian folk music. He founded a folk music orchestra and participated in the recordings of many folk singers: Staika Gyokova, Nedialka Keranova, Yovcho Karaivanov, Gruycho Dochev, etc. For a period of nearly 20 years, performing partners of Petko Radev are among the best instrumentalists in Bulgaria: Petko Dachev, Kosta Kolev, Emil Kolev, Ivan Kirev, Yordan Yotov, Ivan Hadjiiski. Recordings of that period have long been perceived as classics in Bulgarian folk music and the next generation of performers (some of them his pupils in the Academy of Music) feel respect and regard for the musician who created a new style in the folk genre.

The album Petko Radev & Friends features the closest partners of the musician. It continues the release Petko Radev and Petko Dachev (GD 230). The two CDs are evidence of his talent and skill, of his ability to unite and develop the achievements of his older colleagues. Petko Radev’s unique style still continues to bring joy to the admirers of Bulgarian folk music.

Gega New

CD - [2010] Available From: Gega New

12:47Сватбарско хороSvatbarsko horoPetko Radev Pravo TrakiiskoBulgaria6/8ModernClarinet
22:43Мариченска ръченицаMarichenska ruchenitsaPetko Radevarranged by Petko Radev Bulgaria7/16 (2,2,3)ModernClarinet
33:16КопаницаKopanitsaPetko Radevarranged by Hristo Todorov Bulgaria11/16 (2,2,3,2,2)ModernClarinet
43:16Черноконевско хороChernokonevsko horoPetko Radevarranged by Petko Radev Bulgaria6/8ModernClarinet
53:13Гердемско хороGerdemsko horoPetko Radevarranged by Hristo Todorov Bulgaria2/4ModernClarinet
63:24Брезнишко хороBreznishko horoPetko Radev Graovsko horoBulgaria2/4ModernClarinet
73:33Дълго хороDulgo horoPetko Radev  Bulgaria2/4ModernClarinet
83:11Зетьовска ръченицаZetyovska ruchenitsaPetko Radevarranged by Petko RadevTrakiiska ruchenitsaBulgaria7/16 (2,2,3)ModernClarinet
93:02Садовска ръченицаSadovska ruchenitsaPetko Radevarranged by Kosta Kolev Bulgaria7/16 (2,2,3)ModernClarinet
104:21Белореченско хороBelorechensko horoPetko Radev  Bulgaria6/8ModernClarinet
113:46Хоро “Грънчарка”Horo “Gruncharka”Petko Radevarranged by Emil KolevGruncharsko horoBulgaria9/16 (2,3,2,2)ModernClarinet
123:33Сватбарска ръченицаSvatbarska ruchenitsaPetko Radev  Bulgaria7/16 (2,2,3)ModernClarinet
133:37Свободенска ръченицаSvobodenska ruchenitsaPetko Radev Trakiiska ruchenitsaBulgaria7/16 (2,2,3)ModernClarinet
143:13Ямболско хороYambolsko horoPetko Radev  Bulgaria2/4ModernClarinet
152:42Милевска ръченицаMilevska ruchenitsaPetko Radev  Bulgaria7/16 (2,2,3)ModernClarinet

Updated 1/15/2014

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