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Ukrainian Voices
Various Artists
Ukrainian Voices
Genres: World Music, Pop
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Ukrainian Voices
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Playasound
Original Release Date: 8/12/1994
Re-Release Date: 12/7/1993
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: Europe, Eastern Europe
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 723721790028

CD Reviews

Ukrainian Voices/Voix Ukrainiennes is a Winner!
Zoltan B. | Berkeley, CA United States | 06/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ukrainian Voices/Voix Ukrainiennes CD - This excellent collection of Ukrainian folk music is a real treat for anyone who loves the folk music genre. It reflects the Ukrainian cultural history that is surprisingly still intact, despite many years of repression by the Soviet system, and even by those who came before. The vocal technique, the precision of the polyphony, the fullness and the unique timbre of the natural voices, which are "open" even in the highest registers, are astounding. Some of the women who sang these songs wept during the recording session, because many of the songs were forbidden by Moscow only several years earlier. Any allusion to independent Ukraine was suppressed. "The heritage passed from generation to generation, by word of mouth, in a hushed voice and with doors and windows closed, with fear in their herarts" The great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy declared that no folk music has expressed the national personality of a people as strongly as Ukrainian folk music. The CD was produced in France."
Finally, a folk recording with variety!
taappi | Minneapolis, MN USA | 07/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Though it is interesting (and a little strange) to see Ukrainian song titles translated literally into French (it takes some listening or thinking hard about the title to figure out which song it is), the variety of styles is nicely represented in this volume. From raw, open-voiced a cappella tunes to heavy and orchestral patriotic songs, "Ukrainian Voices" is a wonderful taste of what Ukraine has to offer to the folk music world. I would have liked to hear even more a cappella "village recordings" with women's voices, but there are quite a few here nevertheless. Quality song choices and wonderful execution of the styles."
Great folk music
Andrij Harlan | Penfield, New York United States | 07/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I found this CD to be a true representation of Ukrainian village folk music. It brought back many memories of my visits to these villages. Many of these songs and this particular type of vocal singing have been forgotten in the USA. If you like village singing, you will love this CD."