Eastern Voices

Experience the distinctive rich choral music from the Balkan and Slavic regions of Eastern Europe on this New Sounds program. Listen to “Winter Songs” performed by Kitka, a group whose earthy and exotic blend of eight female voices is quite ravishing and riveting. Their vocal techniques have origins in the fields and hillsides of the Balkans, Caucasus, Baltics, and Slavic lands where voices had to both carry or scale down to intimate levels. We'll also hear from the second installment of the “Baltic Voices” series, all of it new music written during the past 20 years. The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and conductor Paul Hillier focus on sacred music from Estonia, the Ukraine, Denmark, and Russia encompassing all three branches of Christianity practiced in the Baltic region: Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant. Plus, Les Mystere des Voix Bulgares and more.

PROGRAM #2374, Choral Music from Eastern Europe (First aired on Feb. 7, 2005)





Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares

Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares

Kalimankou Denkou [5:00] Pilentze Pee [3:00]

Nonesuch Explorer #79165** www.nonesuch.com



Ayios Vasilis [4:00] Tec, Peleite, Zernju Zogtu [3:00]

Diaphonica #2004 www.kitka.org

Estonian Philarmonic Chamber Choir

Baltic Voices II

Veljo Tormis: Latvian Bourdon Songs, #5 [3:00]

Harmonia Mundi #907311** www.harmoniamundi.com*

Russian Chamber Chorus of New York

My Heart Is Ready

Yuri Yukechev: Chant [4:00]

Helicon #1005 Available at www.rccny.org

Estonian Philarmonic Chamber Choir

Baltic Voices II

Galina Grigorjeva: On Leaving, Pt. 1 [4:30] Pt. 2 [4:30]

See above.

Rustavi Choir


Shen Khar Venakhi [5:30]

Sony Classical #66823 ** www.sonyclassical.com

The Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble

The Wild Field

Geese Fly [3:00]

Real World #91736** www.realworld.co.uk*

John Tavener

Thunder Entered Her

The Lament Of The Mother Of God, excerpt [5:00]

Virgin Classics #45035 Available for purchase at Amazon.com*