And finally, a bit of actual Christmas music from the Greek Orthodox Church.
It comes as a very pleasant surprise to see that ECM Records has its very own blog now. Simple, beautifully designed, and a great repository for promoting their new releases and reissues, as well as highlighting the reviews given to said releases. Bravo!
Ezequiel Viñao is an avant-garde composer originally hails from Argentina, but is now an American citizen based out of New York City. This particular piece is performed by the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, with Paul Hillier serving as conductor.
A very pleasant surprise from our friend and colleague, Vincent Moon, who churns out stream of startlingly beautiful compilations from places off the beaten path (Ossetia, Chechnya, etc). His label, Collection Petites Planètes, presents a compilation done with the assistance of Fatime Kosumi, a Kosovar singer of Albanian heritage, covering folk tunes for female choir. […]
We celebrate the victory over death by Jesus Christ. Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!
Les Grandes Voix Bulgares perform what is, to my ears, the perfect version of the refrain, “Lord Have Mercy” (Kyrie Eleison in Greek, Gospodi Pomilui in the Slavic tongues).
Agnes Hvizdalek & Jakob Schneidewind, who go by the group name Demi Broxa, are two experimental music artists working out of Vienna, Austria. This piece doesn’t seem to have a title to it, but it showcases how well both musicians blend in with each other.