Sunday, 29 March 2015

Echoes of Poltava - I - March of the Danish Grenadier

From the 1715 manuscript of Gustaf Blidström, a Swedish soldier and oboist taken to Tobolsk as a prisoner of war during the Great Northern War. The album is  A collaborative album from Swedish duo "Laude Novella" and Russian troupe "Insula Magica" which collects marches, dances, folk songs, and church chants inspired by and contemporary to the Great Northern War of 1700-1721, in both the Swedish and Russian languages. With the distance of time, the sound of the guns is gone, but the thoughts of the men and women of the age live on through new performances. Listen to the culture of empire, greed, and fear; love, relief and rejoicing - as from any age, they are compelling still today.

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