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Written in fRoots issue 262, 2005
 

SKANDINIEKI
Skandinieki

Upe UPE CD 049 (2003)

Formed back in the Soviet days of 1976, and still led, by folklore movement pioneers Helmī Stalte and Dainis Stalts, the folk choir Skandinieki sings the old Latvian and Liv songs. Thirty songs, of rural life, nature, seasons, gods and symbolism, in which the Sun character is prominent. In sound something like a softer-voiced, less arranged, plainsong-like parallel of Bulgaria’s folk ensembles, they have a very Latvian quiet dignity.


Š 2004 Andrew Cronshaw
 


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