In pagan times the Slavic Christmas music- Kolyadkas and Shchedrivkas (Traditional Christmas carols in Ukraine) were a component of sacramentals related with New Year Day and vernal equinox. Later, during the time of the Christianization of Old Rus from Bizantine, Kolyadkas and Shchedrivkas became a symbol of Christmas time and other biblical dates and events.
Byzantine priests brought with them the best Bulgarian chanters who made use of Bulgarian melodies (Byzantine melodies adapted to fit the language of the Bulgars, i.e., Slavonic). The Russians were attracted to these melodies which seems only natural considering that the Bulgars and the Russians share a common language and as the time go by organically synthesize Byzantine
atradition and south-Slavic folk-singing culture. Obviously, this has served as the reason of a semantic and stylistic variety of Ukrainian and Russian Christmas music.
Here you can listen and enjoy modern, authentic, village and church performing of Ukrainian Christmas music
The Artists:Kiev Chamber Choir
- traditional Ukrainian folk music, Ukrainian Christmas carols and christian folk songs. They recovers the material gathered in ethnographic expeditions without additional art processing, keeping its natural, original form.
Monks choir of
Kiev Pechersk (Caves) Monastery
Russian Christmas music and Ukrainian Christmas Carols by famous choir which for many centuries r is the legend and as the magnet attracts thousands visitors and pilgrims from all around the world.Saint Eliyah Christian children's choir
The Saint Elijah Church in Kyiv, is the first Russian Orthodox church ever built. According to legend, it was built by the Prince Askold and Dir long before the baptizing of Kyiv Rus in 988.The Bell Ringers of Kiev Pechersk MonasteryUkrainian Folk Music