There is some general impression of this entire story. A simple impression. Thank God, there still exist people on the earth who in contrast to most of us not only listen to songs. These are the people who sing. These are the people who make recordings.
The right-bank Kyiv region, musical folklore of which is presented at this disc, is the border between a forest and a forest-steppe natural habitats, and that's why features of several traditions are presented here, namely of Polissya, Podillya and Podniprovslyi region. You should understand that mixture and reciprocal influence always give colour to those things, which seem to be well know. You never know where you will find something. There is a wonderful Christmas coral recorded at this disc, which tells us about the creation of the world. For me it is simply charming. Or, for example, the song of girls enchantresses,with which in old times girls bewitched young men to love them.Or a chumak's song, which is so simple, but there is so much sadness in it, that you understand – it is true. I am an amateur and can miss fine points. But I can listen. And thanks to this I can feel – at least sometimes. As any person.
Anton Jozhik Leyba (Hedgehog)
This CD is a remastered edition of "As It Was From Ancient Times ..." Tradition songs from the right bank of Kyiv region. Authentic performing.
"Ukrainian Ethnic Music" series came out of many ethnographical expeditions to different region of Ukraine. Compact discs have stylish design. In the colourful booklets you will find information about the places where recordings were made, stories about performers, lyrics of the songs etc. Information is given in Ukrainian and English.