Putnik

COMPOSERS: Various
LABELS: Opus 111
PERFORMER: Sirine Ensemble/Andrei Kotov
CATALOGUE NO: OPS 30-267

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The SIRINE ENSEMBLE aims to bring together a repertoire of polyphony, monastery styles and popular religious traditions. Really, it’s more ‘early’, in a speculative kind of way, than ‘world’.

Still, the sounds in Putnik run from Bulgarian-type choral via Orthodox chant to hurdy-gurdy and psaltery music and a Pärt-like new composition. They centre on an attempt to reconstruct the way poems were sung by religious vagrants, like Carmina burana without the booze.

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Period purity isn’t laboured, and the outcome is a coherent bag of surprises, energetically done and imaginatively chosen.