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Episode #3192

Finno-Ugric Folk Songs

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Thursday, April 07, 2011

You probably don’t speak Udmurtian. Or Vepsian. Or Ivorian, Karelian Finnish, or Livonian. They are all Finno-Ugric languages – relatives of Finnish and Hungarian – that are spoken in what was the former Soviet Union.  Overwhelmed by Russian, they have not survived as well as Finnish, Hungarian, or even Estonian. Some only have a few dozen speakers. That’s why musicians like Veljo Tormis, the group Hedningarna, and Markku Ounaskari & Samuli Mikkonen have become so interested in the folk songs of these people. We’ll hear these songs in arrangements for chorus, rock band, and jazz ensemble.

PROGRAM #3192,  Finno-Ugric folk songs (First aired on 4-7-11)  

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Markku Ounaskari, Samuli Mikkonen, Per Jørgensen

Kuara – Psalms and Folk Songs

Tuuin Tuuin, excerpt [1:30]

ECM #2116** www.ecmrecords.com

Hedningarna

Karelia Visa

Song of the Maiden [4:48] True Love [5:11]

North side #6025. www.noside.com

Värttinä

Oi Dai

Oi Dai [3:44]

Green Linnet #4014** www.greenlinnet.com

Veljo Tormis

Forgotten Peoples

Vepsian Paths: Forced to Get Married [2:05]

Votic Wedding Songs: Distributing the Dowry Chest [1:26]

ECM #1459/60**  www.ecmrecords.com

Markku Ounaskari, Samuli Mikkonen, Per Jørgensen

Kuara – Psalms and Folk Songs

Soldat keljangur [5:57]

ECM #2116** www.ecmrecords.com

Mari Boine (Persen)

Gula Gula

Gula Gula [3:43]

Real World #91631. www.realworld.co.uk

Markku Ounaskari, Samuli Mikkonen, Per Jørgensen

Kuara – Psalms and Folk Songs

Sjuan Gur  [4:44]

ECM #2116** www.ecmrecords.com

Värttinä

Oi Dai

Yks On Huoli [4:06]

Green Linnet #4014** www.greenlinnet.com

Veljo Tormis

Forgotten Peoples

Livonian Heritage: Day of a Herdsboy [3:23]

ECM #1459/60**  www.ecmrecords.com

Markku Ounaskari, Samuli Mikkonen, Per Jørgensen

Kuara – Psalms and Folk Songs

Pitkä Pajo, excerpt [3:30]

ECM #2116** www.ecmrecords.com

*Internet sources include www.cdnow.com, www.amazon.com, www.itunes.com, and www.emusic.com

**In most better stores; in NY, try J&R on Park RowOther Music on 3rd St., etc.

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