Russian Traditional

Kalinka (Little Snowfall), folk song

    Description by Robert Cummings

    This is one of the most popular Russian folk songs, a colorful creation flavored with a festive peasant spirit and a sense of both celebration and nostalgia. Kalinka (Little Snowfall) is often performed by a choral ensemble with a soloist singing certain parts, but it can also be sung by a lone vocalist. There are numerous arrangements of it, both vocal and instrumental, the latter type often serving as accompaniment for lively folk dances. Performances of the folk song may vary in treatment, of course, but most open with the chorus (or soloist) singing a slower introductory section, after which they introduce the exotic, rhythmic main theme, which unhurriedly begins but gradually gains momentum until the tempo is racing, with hands clapping, feet stomping, and the listener breathless trying to keep up with the sonic frenzy. This main section alternates with a somewhat sentimental, mellow theme of slower pacing. The main material returns twice more, each time working up to a frantic, festive celebration. The song lasts from three to four minutes, and its colorful ethnic flavors will appeal strongly to folk and Russian music enthusiasts.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2015 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler PH 15034
    2014 Cube Squared Records C2R 605
    2013 Alto ALN 1936
    2013 Analekta AN 28800
    2011 Delta / Xtra 26652
    2011 Delta / Xtra 26651
    2011 Frémeaux / Harmonia Mundi FA 5356
    2011 Naïve V 5283
    2010 Sonoma SGC 20145
    2010 Warner Classics / Warner Classics & Jazz 256467984
    2010 Milan 36492
    2010 ZYX 82329-2
    2009 T2 Entertainment 220109
    2009 ARC / Arc Music EUCD 2217
    2008 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler 8030
    2008 Historic Recordings 89707
    2008 Philips 4800472
    2008 Universal Distribution 4800849
    2008 Analekta 22002
    2008 EJD Records 01872
    2008 Membran 232476
    2007 Classic Mania 93320
    2007 MCM Records 5086
    2007 7 Productions / EMI Music Distribution 380002
    2007 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 0946392030
    2007 Maestro Classics SSD 1010
    2006 Philips 4757643
    2005 EMI Music Distribution 36172
    2005 Koch International Classics 7583
    2005 Glencoe McGraw-Hill / McGraw Hill Glencoe 61127
    2005 DPTV Media / Piet Roelen Productio 34
    2005 Piet Roelen Productio 3545
    2005 Castle Pulse PBXCD 567
    2005 EM Records / EMI Kent 8401132
    2005 Nonesuch
    2005 RLCD 020
    2004 EMI Music Distribution / FGL Productions 5780822
    2004 Golden Classics / Madacy 3336
    2004 Chandos 6694
    2004 Philips / Polydor 549227
    2004 Detroit Public TV / DPTV Media 227
    2003 Naïve 923682
    2003 Deutsche Grammophon 000121502
    2002 Playasound PS 66515
    2002 Air Mail Music / Playasound 141074
    2002 Concas/Mondragon / Concas-Mondragon Prod 69998
    2002 Silva America SILKD 6034
    2001 Sin-Drome Records 89582
    2001 Bandleader 5166
    2001 Bandleader 14
    2001 Boheme Music 6147
    2001 Naxos 555331
    2001 Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. / WEA WPCS-10729
    2001 Koch Classics 340592
    2000 Valentine Music Group 211
    1999 Forlane 19214
    1999 Phonographe 5039/40
    1999 Philips 456399
    1999 Claves 509624
    1999 Amati 9701
    1998 Selene 397
    1998 Marston 53001
    1997 Carlton Classics 01312
    1996 BMG 74321 32043-2
    1995 RCA 32788
    1995 Preiser Records 89019
    1995 Centaur Records 2230
    1994 Analekta 28802
    1992 Teldec 77307T
    1991 Elektra / Nonesuch 79034
    1990 Nonesuch / Elektra 79034
    1987 Analekta AN 28802
    1986 EMI Classics / EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 0777747833
    Koch Classics 322441
    Teldec 95218
    Vox 8728
    France Loisirs 200801
    Tandem Records / Tandem.Mu 5827
    Coeur De Lion 19732
    Musidisc 340152
    Accord 402092
    Disky 799
    Analekta 8803
    Intersound / Pro-Arte Records 4023
    Lovecat / Lovecat Music 1846
    SPSB
    Universal Music 547228
    Monitor Classics 71560
    EMI Angel / EMI Classics / EMI Music Distribution CDC 7478332
    Pearl 9451