Musics of the Soviet Union

Musics of the Soviet Union

Various Artists SFW40002

Very little indigenous music from the former Soviet Union is known to the West. This recording, from 1988, offers a rich sampling from many of the more than 100 ethnic groups within this vast region. The record begins with passionate Lithuanian lullabies and proceeds through ancient seasonal and ceremonial village songs from southern and northern Russia and the asymmetrical dance rhythms performed by Estonian bagpipers. From the distant Mongolian frontier, the amazing art of Tuvan multiphonic "throat singing" can be heard as well as the richly harmonic male choral singing still practiced in Georgia. "...[A] compelling taste of sounds from a country with a huge amount of indigenous music..." — Option

Year Released 1992
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 1992 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) Central Asia; Islamica; World
Country(s) Azerbaijan; Estonia; Lithuania; Russia; USSR (former)
Culture Group(s) Azerbaijani; Estonian; Georgian; Lithuanian; Russian; Tuvan
Instrument(s) Bagpipe; Chorus; Ensemble leader; Lute, long-necked, plucked; Vocals; Vocals, group
Language(s) Georgian; Lithuanian; Russian; Tuvan
Subject(s) Lullabies; Throat singing; Weddings; World music
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101 Lithuanian Lullaby Veronika Povilioniene 1:16
102 Lithuanian Lullaby Veronika Povilioniene 2:56
103 Estonian Bagpipe Music Estonian bagpipe music 1:14
104 South Russian solo song from Belgorod Province M.K. Mal´tseva leading vocal ensemble from Podserednee 1:56
105 South Russian wedding dance song from Belgorod Province M.K. Mal´tseva leading vocal ensemble from Podserednee 1:35
106 North Russian wedding greeting song from Arkhangelsk Province Kamenka village ensemble 5:05
107 North Russian wedding lament Evdokiia Alexandrovna Oreshkina 1:15
108 North Russian lyric song Singers from the village of Shostova Gora in Arkhangelsk province 6:03
109 Tuvan folk melody S.B. Manchakai 1:35
110 Song from Khomeizhi M.C. Daknai 2:37
111 Azerbaijani classical mugam Bayat-i Kurd 7:16
112 Georgian song Lile song and dance ensemble of the Lintekhskii House of Culture 3:00
113 Georgian song Gugava Dzohkia 2:48
114 Georgian wedding song Lile song and dance ensemble of the Lintekhskii House of Culture 2:42
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