Liepšaje (The Best​)​. 2009

by Stary Olsa

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The STARY OLSA band of medieval Belarusian music was founded in 1999. At first, the band consisted of musicians from the city of Homieĺ.

It takes its name from a brook in the western part of Mahilioŭ Region. The repertoire of the band includes Belarusian folk balladry and martial songs, works of Belarusian Renaissance composers, compositions from Belarusian aulic music collections (e.g. Polack Notebook, Viĺnia Notebook, Brest Cantional), Belarusian canticles of the 16th – early 17th c., as well as European popular melodies of Middle Ages and Renaissance.

In 2009, STARY OLSA celebrated its 10th anniversary and released this album of favorite songs.

The music of the band is performed on the most accurate possible copies of old aged instruments such as duda (bagpipe), lira (lyre), husli (Baltic psaltery), svireĺ (reed pipe), surma (Belarusan trumpet), lutnia (lute), cystra (cister), šalmiej (shawm), rebiek (rebec), and others. They completely reconstruct the musical traditions of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, where there was a unique synthesis of Belarusian folk and aulic music with European musical achievements.

STARY OLSA has recorded six studio albums, two concert albums, and one musical project. The music of the band is included into seven various early music collections.

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released September 9, 2009

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Stary Olsa Minsk, Belarus

We are a Medieval music band from Minsk, Belarus. WHAT WE DO: - Recreate the musical traditions of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, 13th – 18th c. - Perform traditional folklore of the cities and knights of the Belarusian and European Middle Ages, and chamber music of Renaissance castles. - Our musical instruments have been reproduced with authentic materials and techniques. ... more

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