I really like classical music with low number of instruments and I also like woman voice singing in calm, natural style (non-opera style). Does anyone here know for some band or music piece that combines those two elements?

Band/music assembly would be like:

  • 1 woman voice
  • Flute
  • Cello
  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Oboe

Something like:

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    Blackmore's Night may be a good example.
    – TimSparrow
    Commented Jul 25, 2017 at 9:09
  • @TimSparrow: Yea they are ok, but not "classical" enough for me. :P
    – user4525
    Commented Jul 25, 2017 at 9:20
  • Do you have an example of a song like this that you like? Commented Mar 16, 2018 at 14:42

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Classical music for small ensemble is called Chamber Music. It's typically instrumental, but there are compositions for what would be called "Voice with Chamber Ensemble." This link gives several examples: https://www.talkclassical.com/12105-chamber-music-featuring-voice.html

Here are a couple links I found using that as a search term, but the vocals aren't quite as naturalistic as you're seeking. Unfortunately the highly trained vocal approach you're calling "opera style" is the standard for classical music.

Thy Dream
Elegy for Voice, Flute and Piano
From the Japanese Poetry

As @Angst identified, if you really want the naturalistic vocals, you'll probably have to go all the way back to the pre-classical era, to what's called "Early Music". Here's a good mix I found using the search term "early music female vocal" (although it's really more "medieval-style" than actually authentic).

Finally, if you're not wedded to a classical style, you might enjoy female-fronted New Age music like Loreena McKennit and Enya or even Chamber Pop music like San Fermin, Girls in Trouble and Regina Spektor.

  • Something between medieval vocals and classical chamber music is my jam. Something like: Amy Nuttall - Greensleeves Loreena McKennit is quite nice choice too!
    – user4525
    Commented Mar 17, 2018 at 14:48
  • I think Amy Nuttall - Scarborough Fair represents my kind of music.
    – user4525
    Commented Mar 17, 2018 at 14:53

You could look into the career of Jantina Noorman, a singer from the (Dutch) folk tradition who crossed over into "early music" with her work with Musica Reservata.

For example, Music from the time of Christopher Columbus.

  • Nice find! Some of them really match OP description.
    – Bebs
    Commented Mar 16, 2018 at 9:21

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