Voices from Russia

Monday, 4 March 2013

4 March 2013. Some of My Favourite Things… Svetilen Sings Again… and the Voronezhskie Devchata

00 Svetilen. Old Russian music. 04.03.13




00 Voronezhskie Devchata. 04.03.13




Svetilen specialises in singing medieval Russian spiritual songs. Na Iordane is an interesting mixture of Russian vocal technique with an instrumental accompaniment that’s redolent of Western Early Music. The second is an Old Russian song that’s been hijacked by Galician Uniates (usually, in very bad Westernised and bowdlerised versions)… do mistrust all “Ukrainian” nationalist claims… this song has Byelorussian roots, for instance. Svetilen has been around since 1989, keeping alive the Old Russian singing tradition. Like many good things, it started in Soviet times (just as many bad things, such as the oligarchs and buccaneer crapitalism came in after the Soviets fell). They take from both sources of spiritual singing… the Church and the folk tradition. They use Old Russian instruments and perform in Old Russian garb. They’ve had tremendous achievements on stage in France in 2001, in Austria and Czechia in 2003, and in Serbia (Belgrade) in 2004. Enjoy the sounds of the ancient Orthodox Russia.

The Voronezhskie Devchata (Voronezh Girls) are NOT “Ukrainian” (Voronezh is in Great Russia proper), despite internet propaganda to the contrary. As you can hear and see, so-called “Ukrainian” usages aren’t unique; they’re part of the Greater Russian culture. Always suspect “Ukrainian” loudmouths… most are Uniate imposters, with no real roots in Great Russia (most real Ukrainians readily admit their ties to Russia… keep that in mind). The ensemble was founded by Konstantin Iraklievich Massalitin, People’s Artist of the USSR (of Jewish descent), in 1966. Over the years, this ensemble won many international, all-Union, and all-Russian competitions, widely-known in Russia and in many other countries, too. The repertoire of the ensemble centres around Russian lyrical song in all its variety.




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