Performers: Ensemble Svetilen (Russia)
The Svetilen ensemble offers an insight into Russian traditional music. The ensemble was formed in 1989 to preserve the old Russian vocal tradition. This style is reflected in two types of singing: church singing and secular singing. Musical compositions are usually performed a cappella but sometimes ancient Russian instruments are used giving a peculiar sound. Svetilen tries to bring new conceptions to old Russian choral culture. The search for original choral arrangements, rhythmic patterns and harmonies, reflecting the character and forms of sacred and folk music is the main guideline for the ensemble. The group has participated in numerous festival in Russia and abroad and has won several internal awards.
Svetilen, Po-Nad Rusyu, fragment; 1 min 44 sec, mp3, 208 Kbps