And finally, a bit of actual Christmas music from the Greek Orthodox Church.
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).
Day after day, week after week, I get to scroll through my feed and finding some of the ugliest, most obnoxiously mean-spirited posts from people who wouldn’t know civility if it swatted them in the rump. A good aural cleansing is in order, courtesy of 14th Century poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut.
Moscow’s Sretensky Monastery Choir is considered to be arguably Russia’s best choir. One can hear why on this folk song presented here.