Art and Faith

Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Nebo i Zemlya. Heaven and Earth. Russian kolyadka

This is one of the kolyadki (carols) for Christmas. The St Nicholas Cathedral Children’s Choir in Mozhaisk sings it accompanied by Orthodox icons of the Birth of Christ. The final image is the famous version painted by St Andrei Rublyov. To forestall spam by nationalist extremists, the kolyadki migrated from Little Russia all over the Empire, and they are now a precious heritage of all Orthodox Russians. In any case, this choir is Russian, and it was recorded in Russia. Isn’t it sad that I must include such a caveat for such a beautiful song about a meaningful feast?

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