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PESNIARY (PESNYARY)

Prog Folk • Belarus


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The group was created in Belarus (Byelorussia, the USSR) in 1967/68 as LIAVONY ("(The) Jesters") by the folk enthusiast Vladimir Muliavin (1941-2003), who became band's constant leader. In 1969 it was renamed to PESNIARY ("(The) Folk Tales Narrators/Singers").

The main specialization of the group was folk songs' adaptation on modern rock instruments (and also violins, flutes, sax, folk whistles, lyre) with heavy accent on vocal harmonies. Their musical approach (not the sound, though) was somehow congenial with that of STEELEYE SPAN". In the very beginning PESNIARY were inspired by THE BEATLES; they (then LIAVONY) even performed "Yesterday" and "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" with Russian lyrics. But in general, PESNIARY don't sound like any of the mentioned bands. They were certainly pioneers of such music in the Soviet Union. The demanding selection by Muliavin resulted in an unusual amalgam of multi-instrumentalists with incredible voices, a unique band in the USSR (and in the world too) at those times.

The 70s.
The peak of the band's popularity, albums were sold in millions of copies (don't think they became millionaires, the one and only record label in the USSR, "Melodiya", paid only symbolic money to artists; on the other hand, artists didn't pay for studio time, promotion, etc). The band often appeared on TV and radio and constantly toured. PESNIARY played 2 - 4 concerts almost every day, but it was hard to buy tickets, they were sold out very fast.
Byelorussian folk songs (arranged by Muliavin) were the base of the band's repertoire. But there were also songs by Vladimir Muliavin (with lyrics of good Byelorussian poets) and songs of Soviet (Russian and Byelorussian) composers, arranged by the band. Arrangements are very important, because everything PESNIARY performed was made in their unique way. It isn't a mistake to call the band co-authors of songs written by other composers.
It is the period when the band was in constant progress.
In 1976 PESNIARY were the first Soviet rock band toured in the USA.
In the middle of the 70s Vladimir Muliavin decided that it's time for concept works.
Two big suites were created:
- "Pesn o dole" ("The Song of Fate"), 1976-1977, music by Vladimir Muliavin, lyrics by great Byelorussian poet Yanka Kupala. Unfortunately it was never recorded in studio, only some live recordings exist and still wait for their time to be published.
- "Gusliar", 1979, - a poem-legend to the Yanka Kupala's po...
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4.10 | 10 ratings
Pesniary
1971
4.16 | 10 ratings
Pesniary II
1974
3.11 | 8 ratings
Pesniary III
1978
4.25 | 8 ratings
Pesniary IV - Byelorussian Folk Songs Arranged by Vladimir Muliavin
1978
4.24 | 19 ratings
Gusliar
1979
2.08 | 5 ratings
Cherez Vsyu Voynu (For The Whole Of The War)
1985
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Belarussian Folk-Rock Group PESNYARY. 25 Years
1994
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ne vo sne li
2005

PESNIARY (PESNYARY) Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 2 ratings
Zacharovannaya moya (The Enhanted One)
1983

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Pesniary
1995
5.00 | 1 ratings
Nashi ljubimye (Our Beloved Ones)
1998
4.00 | 1 ratings
Произведения Игоря Лученка в исполнении ансамбля Песняры (Songs by Igor Luchenok performed by PESNIARY ensemble)
2003

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 Pesniary by PESNIARY (PESNYARY) album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.10 | 10 ratings

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Pesniary (Pesnyary) Prog Folk

Review by NotAProghead
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4 stars First PESNIARY album was extremely popular in the former USSR. Sold in millions of copies, it made the band a household name. Back then, in the beginning of the 70s, even people whose interests are far from music owned this LP. Each song still is a part of PESNIARY's gold fund.

When ''Pesnyary (I)'' saw the light of day, it became clear that absolutely unique band with instantly recognisable sound was born. There is no other band like PESNIARY in the whole history of world's rock music! I must say in 1971 rock in Soviet Union was in an embrionic state and, additionally, almost forbidden (even the term 'rock group' was not used, legal bands, and PESNIARY in their number, were called 'vocal-instrumental ensembles'). Rock music in Soviet Union, in general, stood in the underground until the mid 80's. First of all PESNIARY are musicians, they were never rock rebels and, due to the work with Byelorussian folklore, they were, in comparison to underground rock bands, under lesser pressure of Soviet ideological machine (though the censorship took place from time to time).

All key points of PESNIARY's style are already evident on their first album, completely sung in Byelorussian language: memorable tunes, several lead singers with distinctive voices, unique multi- vocal harmonies, the ability to express wide spectrum of emotions, saving at the same time most delicate nuances. Muliavin's adaptations of Byelorussian folk songs are rather reinventions, in many cases he did not care of authentity, the main goal was to keep the songs' spirit. Clever arrangements deserve a special mention - never soloing for soloing, everything works to the idea of performed song.

In addition to standard rock instruments (electric and acoustic guitars, organ, bass, drums) on their first album PESNYARY used violin, flute, trumpet and hurdy gurdy. Despite obviuos 70's feel songs sound fresh even now. Sound producer of Melodiya label Alexander Shtilman made a great job here (keep in mind that Melodiya did not have then the best possible equipment and to reach desired sound producers had to be extremely inventive). He also produced ''Pesnyary II'' and later, in 1985, another great band's album ''For the Whole of the War''.

The opening ballad Ty mne vesnoyu prisnilas' (You Have Dreamed Me In The Spring) shows most of PESNIARY's trademarks. Soft melody with some almost dramatic culmination in the end, beautiful choir, short, but tasteful violin and guitar solos.

V pole verba, another folk song, starts with acapella singing, then start Muliavin's dramatic voice and lots of contrasts between softer and havier parts.

Oy, rano na Ivana. Again folk song, one of the best Muliavin's arrangements. Incredible vocal harmonies, powerful sound. Unbelievable!

Rushniki, written by N. Petrenko and V. Verba, as well as three folk songs, Kosil Yas' konyushinu, Skripyat moi lapti and Poydem vdol' ulicy, are uptempo rockers with catchy melodies.

Aleksandrina. One of the most beautiful songs ever written by Vladimir Muliavin (to the lyrics of Petrus Brovka, famous Byelorussian poet). It is the first song with lead vocals by Leonid Bortkevich, who, then absolutely unknown, was invited by Vladimir Muliavin to join the band in 1970, not long before recording sessions. Later many PESNIARY's hits will be associated with unique voice of Bortkevich, but ''Aleksandrina'' will stay 'the first child'. Guitar solo in ''Aleksandrina'' is unforgettable.

Fast and powerful Belarus closes one of the best albums ever made in the USSR.

It's a shame, PESNIARY classic albums (except for ''Gusliar'') have not been released on CD yet. Though all songs from the first LP can be found on numerous CD-compilations, you only need to know which one to choose to get original versions. Not an easy task, because CD-reissues of PESNIARY catalogue are a complete mess, many compilations contain remakes performed by later line-ups and in different arrangements, but such information is missing in release details.

A masterpiece, but not much prog here. 4 stars.

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 Pesniary III by PESNIARY (PESNYARY) album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.11 | 8 ratings

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Pesniary (Pesnyary) Prog Folk

Review by Prog-jester
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3 stars As I already noted in GUSLIAR's review, PESNYARY is not much my cup of coffee. I appreciate their attitude and talent though. Some pieces from this one like 7-min legend- based epic "Krik Pticy" ("The Bird's Cry") are simply flawless. The others are less astonishing, but good anyway - such classics as "Belovejskaya Puscha" and "Belorussiya" are known and loved by millions of former USSR-inhabitants. Any person from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia etc can recall wonderful PESNYARY voices and songs they did. Another personal favourite - "Vologda"; I seemed to be 5 or 6 when I fell in love with this song. Very good and recommended - discover the obscured ones!

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4.24 | 19 ratings

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Pesniary (Pesnyary) Prog Folk

Review by Prog-jester
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4 stars A Classical record from Soviet times. Actually it wasn't regarded as PROG in that times - it was kinda Rock-Opera. GUSLIAR has elements of Symphonic Prog, strong and obvious ethnic flavour, some jazzy arrangements and even classical-like bits. This is a Legend told by the wonderful voices of the Belarus band PESNYARY. If you're searching for something related to URIAH HEEP's choir - try this one; they sing more softly in sophisticated Folkish manner, but it is the same way beautiful and stunning. Hardly comparable (as almost everything from Russian/Soviet Prog) to anything done before, GUSLIAR is a Must for every Prog Collector, and 4 stars I give it is my personal impression - amazing, but not completely my kind of music.

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 Cherez Vsyu Voynu (For The Whole Of The War) by PESNIARY (PESNYARY) album cover Studio Album, 1985
2.08 | 5 ratings

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Pesniary (Pesnyary) Prog Folk

Review by Prog-jester
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2 stars Just for the record.

This is a compilation of Soviet Patriotic War songs sung by beautiful voices of PESNYARY. Nothing completely special here , only collector's interest, but a worthy one for PESNYARY completionists. As I believe that only GUSLIAR is somehow Prog , I won't recommend this one to anybody. You can try, but first of all you must FIND it and then LIKE it ;-)

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 Pesniary II by PESNIARY (PESNYARY) album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.16 | 10 ratings

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Pesniary (Pesnyary) Prog Folk

Review by Pather_Alexiy

4 stars Pesniary are really from Belarus, not Russia. Pesniary II is not progressive at all, but pretty well proto-prog/folk-rock/pop-psychedelic album with hard/roots-rock elements. Tracks 2, 4, 9 & 10 is adaptations of belarus folk songs, and all songs performing with solid rockish drive. Hard to find any comparison. Original LP does not included line-up, but among traditional rock instuments (electric guitar, sometime with dirty fuzz sound & wah-wah, organ, bass & drums) there are violin, flute (both had some short, but effective solos), maybe some belarus national instuments & - sic! - many complex vocal harmonies - 5-6-voice vocal parts! Sound is wild and sometimes rough, reminds me some hard-psych american bands from late 1960-es. Good album, imho, a little weaker, than the first LP.

Note: Four first Pesniary LP were identified on name of the group, without numbers (as Peter Gabriel's four first ones), numbers usually added to avoid mistakes. Pesniary II were never officially re-released on CD.

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