Very unusual CD by ensemble of the old church music Sretenye. On this disk you will hear the most popular Ukrainian, Russian and Georgian folk songs, which the ensemble usually sings an encore on their concerts in Western Europe.
The ensemble of old church music "Sreteniye" ("Candlemas") was founded in 1990 in Kharkov, and originally consisted of the three graduates of Kharkov institute of beaux arts, who were joined together by the love of ancient church singing. This love was not caused by the exotic character of the Church music, but by the deeper accordance of this kind of singing with a spirit of prayer. Well-known Greek protopsalt L.Angelopoulos gave invaluable help to the ensemble "Sretenye". Not only he supplemented the repertoire of the choir with a number of very rare ancient canticles, but also what is the most important he shared his knowledge of Byzantine singing characteristic features.
The ensemble, consisting of three to five singers, takes part in Divine services, participates in festivals of music, and gives concerts. In 1993 the choir became the winner of Archdeacon K. Rosov Moscow international festival, in 1999 and 2000 — grand prix winner of all-Ukrainian church festival of choirs "Glas Pecherski " in Kiev and in 2004 their CD “Ansient Church Singing of Byzantine, Georgia and Rus” became the winner of 2004 Just Plain Folks Music Awards (USA).
(this CD available on CD Baby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/chamberchoir3/from/origenmusic