To Drive the Dark Away

 

"A magnificent celebration of the winter solstice." The Companion

Brimming with the energy of cold people keeping warm to hot dance, rich harmony, and the pleasure of each other's company.

 
 
Price: $10.95
 
Item Number: CD1098
 
"Dmitri Pokrovsky and ensemble are simply marvelous. . . there is some magnificent, stirring music here." Sing Out! the Folk Music Magazine

This CD was recorded live at two Houston Revels shows, one focusing on Russia and America, the other on Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. The music is all at once dark, lovely, and boisterous, brimming with the energy of cold people keeping warm with hot dance, rich harmony, and the pleasure of each other's company. Featuring the the seminal Russian folkloric group, the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble, as well as the Karelian Folk Music Ensemble, preeminent exponents of the haunting music of Karelia, which overlaps modern Finland and Russia. Pokrovsky also contributes a fascinating liner-note essay on how Russian holiday traditions connect to our American Christmas.
 
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Songlist

Hear samples from select pieces.

1.
Epic Song
 
2.
The Peacock
 
3.
Down by the Volga River
 
4.
Sun Room
 
5.
Kind Evening
6.
The Young Convert
 
7.
Go Tell It on the Mountain
 
8.
Evening Star
 
9.
Porushka
 
10.
Alleluia
 
11.
The Great Rostov Bells
 
12.
King David's Psalm 116
 
13.
Birch Tree on the Shore
 
14.
Sunset
 
15.
Mary Had a Baby
 
16.
Ho, ho, ho, Goat!
 
17.
Proso
 
18.
We Traveled Through Holy Russia
 
19.
Golden Yarn
20.
 
21.
The Great Mountain Horns
 
22.
Nu ar det Jul Igen
23.
Vandring I Varlden
 
24.
Riski Ritaan Polkka
 
25.
Now Falls the Snow
 
26.
Brurmarsj fra Gudbrandsdal
27.
Pappani Talo
28.
Talonpojan Tanssi
 
29.
Lift Up your Hearts
 
30.
Sukkeret er Sottsann
 
31.
Vid Stormyren
 
32.
Kukku
 
33.
Olafur Liljuros
 
34.
Byssan Lull
 
35.
Den Bergtagna Julafton
 
36.
Karelian Tune
 
37.
Kahden Nuoren Rakkaus
 
38.
Telespringar
 
39.
Mariy-El Tune