Russia, 1994, Russian folk / modern classical / choral / white voice

Pokrovsky EnsembleLes noces and Russian Village Wedding Songs: The second part of this album is standard White Voice Russian folk. Very good, very satisfying, with male and female vocals, both chanted and sung (mostly a cappella polyphonic), with scant use of the fiery violin, gusli, and the bewitching jaw harp. But damn… tracks four through seven, the Stravinsky compositions: that’s not a wedding; that’s orgiastic violence in vocal form. Total madness, like “the sea and wind when both contend which is the mightier”. And after the wine-soaked mysteries are concluded, the bride weeps beneath a birch tree as she stands on the threshold of a new beginning.

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