Sunday, January 04, 2009

Korinnya Ukrainian Folk Ensemble - Calgary, Alberta

Calgary's Korinnya Ukrainian Folk Ensemble has been performing its unique brand of choral music since 1993.

Their Christmas CD Radist! is a collection of 17 traditional songs performed in the Ukrainian language both a capella and with the accompaniment of Korinnya's orchestra. It was recorded in 2001 and 2002, and produced by the group's musical director, Cathy Lebedowich.

The selections cover the two styles of songs common to the Ukrainian Christmas tradition. These are kolyady, carols relating to the story of Christ's birth, and schedrivky, songs that relate to the joyous spirit of the winter season and the upcoming New Year. Additionally, Korinnya sings arrangements of two English holiday classics that have been adapted into Ukrainian.

The CD is delightful, and enjoys considerable airplay on Nash Holos. If you'd like more information about Korinnya, and/or a copy of their CD, check out their website.

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