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Folk and Great Tunes from Siberia and Far East / a RootsWorld review

This double album compilation brings together tracks from artists across the enormous Russian region of Siberia, including rarely heard material from the far north and east. There is singing, both solo and in groups, as well as instrumental music and there is music traditionally played and also traditional music re-interpreted for a modern audience. The release has been curated by Daryana Antipova who writes in the sleeve notes that to represent the great musical diversity of Siberian ethnic culture and indigenous peoples in one compilation is an impossible task, but while that may be the case it nevertheless makes for a very impressive collection.

In the recent book, The Lost Pianos of Siberia, English journalist Sophy Roberts wrote of a trip she made across Siberia in search of a good piano for a friend in Mongolia. Apparently, when liberally-minded well-to-do folk were exiled to Siberia in the Tsarist years they were often…

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