Various Artists

Songs of the Peoples of Russia

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This is a lovely and varied set of unaccompanied two- and three-part women's songs (plus a few mixed groups) by ethnic Russians from north, south and south-west Russia, along with two Finno-Ugric groups (Mari and Mordvin-Karatai). The performances have the clean sound of "folk ensembles" -- the meager notes don't say --but with an edge that suggests they're not too far from the source.