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Alluring Songs of Cossacks and Old Believers

Chitinskaya Sloboda – Songs of Russian People. Cossacks’ songs / Song of old-believers and Transbaikalien Cossacks (Sketis Music SKMR-129, 2016)

Songs of Russian people. Cossacks’ songs / Song of old-believers and Transbaikalien Cossacks is a two-CD set by Russian folk music ensemble Chitinskaya Sloboda. The group is part of a movement in Russian folk music that is researching and recovering ancient musical traditions.

Disc 1 focuses on Cossack songs. It features a mix of polyphonic choral a cappella pieces along with songs featuring accordion and percussion accompaniment. The ensemble provides fascinating vocal interplay with a wide-range of vocal ranges featuring female and male singers.

Disc 2 includes songs a cappella old believers songs (an ancient Russian orthodox sect) and traditional cossack songs from the Transbaikal mountainous territory east of Lake Baikal in Russia.

Chitinskaya Sloboda includes Alexander Avdeyev, Vyacheslav Egorov, Vladimir Kravtsov, Arina Nekrasova, Larisa Pakhomova, Alexei Ryumkin, Natalia Ryumkina, Leonid Subotni, and Lyubov Tkachenko.

The CD booklet includes liner notes in Russian and English and song lyrics in Russian.

Buy the digital download version of Songs of Russian People. Cossacks’ songs / Song of old-believers and Transbaikalien Cossacks. The CD is available from shop.sketismusic.ru

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Old Believers Chants from Western Russia

Choir Of Russian Pomor Old Believers Community of Veliky Novgorod – Oh, My Brethren and Sisters…

Choir Of Russian Pomor Old Believers Community of Veliky Novgorod – Oh, My Brethren and Sisters… (Sketis Music, 2016)

Oh, My Brethren and Sisters… is an album of traditional Russian spiritual verses performed by the Choir of Russian Pomor Old Believers Community of Veliky Novgorod. The Old Believers mix choral folk music and spiritual influences from the Russian Orthodox Church.

The Old Believers continue the liturgical and ritual practices of the pre-reform Russian Orthodox Church. The religious chants featured here are performed by the Pomor Old Believers choir from the western Russian city of Veliky Novgorod.

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