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Four Russian peasant songs 'Podblyudnye', 1954 version
composer
1954 Arrangement of the 1914-1917 version
author of text
Russian folksong

Recordings
'Stravinsky: Les Noces & other choral works' (CDH55467)
Stravinsky: Les Noces & other choral works
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55467  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
No 1: In our saviour's parish in Chigisakh beyond the Yauza
No 2: Ovsen
No 3: The pike
No 4: Master Portly

Four Russian peasant songs 'Podblyudnye', 1954 version
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The Four Russian peasant songs (composed during the gestation period of Svadebka between 1914 and 1917) display in microcosm Stravinsky’s adoption of the folk idiom while transforming it into something unmistakably his own. His fingerprints are even clearer in his later arrangement of 1954 where he adds four horns. The only vocal differences in the two versions are occasional re-barring, a few minor changes of word-stress, plus one song’s straight transposition, but the effect places what was close to authentic folk music firmly into the context of twentieth-century sonorities and language. According to Simon Karlinsky, Stravinsky’s mistranslation of the title Podblyudnye as ‘saucers’ has for a long time given a false association to the activity with which the songs are connected. They are now thought to have been sung during the method of fortune-telling by pulling small possessions from a covered dish of water. ‘Ovsen’, the second song is also now thought to have more to do with the name of the first day of spring in the pre-Christian Russian calendar than any mythological figure.

from notes by Lorraine Gwynne © 1991

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Details for CDA66410 track 14
In our saviour's parish in Chigisakh beyond the Yauza
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-91-41014
Duration
1'24
Recording date
14 October 1990
Recording venue
The Royal College of Music, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Gary Cole
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Stravinsky: Les Noces & other choral works (CDA66410)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: October 1991
    Deletion date: January 2012
    Superseded by CDH55467
  2. Stravinsky: Les Noces & other choral works (CDH55467)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: January 2014
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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