This album by the "Dnipro" ensemble completely justifies its name – it is really lively, spring one. I think it is able to become a real finding for all those who are interested in authentic sounding of Ukrainian folk instruments. There are, by the way, quite a lot of them here: lyre, buhalo, koza, kobza, bugay, kozobas, floyara, pan-pipe, pan-flute, dulcimers, horn – a real collection of the characteristic soundings. And add here as well instruments of the classic set – accordion, clarinet, violins, alto, contrabass and many others. All of them together offer a large space for fantasy – and the musicians use this space to its full, inventively and brightly. We should separately mention the soloist – Olena Kulyk – who has a wonderful soprano. The disc mostly consists of instrumental compositions, that is why her voice sounds not that often. But when it does sound – it thrills both with its force and expressiveness. However, let us be fair – real mastery can be guessed in performance of all participants of the collective. That is why virtually every solo, regardless of the instrument, has become a nice decoration of the disc. Besides, not only arrangements of folk songs and melodies sound here, but also a lot of authors' material based on Ukrainian music tradition – and the latter by no means yields to the former.
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- Ukrainian music ensemble "Dnipro"
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