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The carol, or koleda in Polish (from the Latin "calendae"), is a song thematically connected with Christmas, and is sung in Poland from December 24th to February 2, that is, to the feast of the Presentation of the Lord or Candlemas.  It comes from the sphere of folk culture and the tradition of singing at home.  In the folk repertiore carols hold a special place, not only in view of their specific character and variety, but also for their sheer number.  For centuries, they were composed in monastaries, in royal courts, knights' castles, and the courts of the nobility.  Their authors were members of the Polish clergy, church organists, parish school-teachers, and on occasion our distinguished writers and poets.  The musical canvas of the Polish carol is formed above all by the melodies and rhythms of dances such as mazurkas, krakowiaks, obereks, kujawiaks, polonaises, and sentimental dumkas or elegies.  Many Christmas carols likewise possess a touch of majestic choruses and hymns, whose melody line and deep theoological content testify to their origins in Latin Gregorian chant. (From the introduction by Wanda Gladysz to "The Pastoral Mass")
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17 Zim by Pod Buda [ch] A Polish Christmas By The Lira Ensemble [ch] A Push Style Christmas By Lenny Gomulka And The Chicago Push [ch]
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17 Zim by Pod Buda A definitive collection of Polish carols performed by the Lira Singers female ensemble and the Lira Orchestra with handbells. Includes "Lulajze Jezuniu", " Bog sie rodzi", Wsrod nocnej ciszy", "Przystapmy do szopy", "Gdy sie Chrystus rodzi", "Oj Maluski", Sixteen Christmas Polkas, all English vocals, sung by various artists. Light and lively Christmas music, which gets you toe-tapping in a hurry!
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A Very Merry Christmas By Stas Bulanda [ch] An International Christmas by Barry Faldner [ch] Bog sie rodzi by Camerata Silesia - Kwartet Prima Vista [ch]
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A Very Merry Christmas An International Christmas by Barry Faldner One of Poland's best chamber choir performs 19 carols in cappella and vocal-instrumental arrangements.  Eleven of them are Polish, the remaining represent various nations.  All have traditional melodies and lyrics.
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Stas Bulanda's Average Polka Band
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Cantores Minores Wratislavienses Koledy [ch] Christmas Carols - Przy Stole Wigilijnym by Slask [ch] Christmas in Chicago Featuring Eddie Blazonczyk And Others [ch]
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15 traditional Polish carols sung by the Cantores Minores Wratislavienses mixed adult choir.  You can read about this famous choir (in Polish) at their web site here: www.cantores.art.pl/ Fourteen traditional Polish carols sung by the Polish Song and Dance Ensemble SLASK.  This album was originally released in 1966 as a 33 1/3 LP vinyl recording.  This CD was released in 2007 for the first time on disc.  A classic album. Nice selection of Christmas songs "Chicago Style" performed by the following bands and artists.
Eddie Blazonczyk & Chet Kowalkowski, Gerry Tarka's Midwest Sounds, Rusty Fingers, The Downtown Sound, The Music Company, Bruce Korosa, The Good Times
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Christmas With Boney M [ch] Duszki Spiewaja Koledy: Przyjdz Juz Jezu [ch] DVD: Golec Uorkiestra Live. Koncert Koled i Pastorałek - Christmas Concert - PAL Version
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My first contact with Boney M (pronounced Bonnie M) was in my student days in Krakow. This Euro-Disco group was a European phenomenon in the 1970's and their popularity continues today.  Created by German record producer Frank Farian the group stayed toge The children's choir "Duszki" was founded in Gdynia in 1992 by Fr. Krzystof Homoncik. Here is a selection of Polish carols, both traditional and contemporary performed under his direction. This DVD is the live recording of their performance on December 9, 2008 in the Parish Church of Our Lady Of Sorrows in the town of Marianske Basin, built of wood in 1776.  This DVD is PAL version which can be  played on any computer, DVD players in Poland
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Dzieci Spiewaja Koledy - (The Children Sing Carols) [ch] Dzien Jeden w Roku By Czerwone Gitary - One Day In The Year [ch] Dzwieki Ze Stajenki - Kapela Drewutnia [ch]
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A traditional selection of Polish carols sung by the young children's choir of "Pro Musica", a private music school in Krosno, Poland. A great album done in two very different styles. Czerwone Gitary was one of the most famous and prolific Polish rock groups of the 1970's.  They were the Polish answer to the Beatles.  Producing some of the most original rock and romantic contemporary music of their time, their music is stay played ever Village Christmas music performed by Kapela Drewutnia, a group devoted to preserving ancient folk traditions and playing traditional folk instruments including mountain bagpipes.
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Pro Musica Children's Choir
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Echoes of a Polish Christmas By the Mater Dolorosa Choir [ch] Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones Holiday Favorites - 26 Songs! [ch] Golec Orkiestra - Koled I Pastoralek W Bazylice Jasnogorskiej CD/DVD [ch]
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Mr. Chester A. Duda, the musical director of Mater Dolores Church of Holyoke, Massachusetts, became organist and choirmaster in 1943. Upon assuming his duties, he began to reorganize the choir and the group has since grown in size and stature Eddie Blazonczyk was a native Chicagoan, son of Fred and Antoinette Blazonczyk, who for years operated the Pulaski Village Ballroom and later the Club Antoinette in Chicago. Unique DVD /CD set recorded live in the Basilica of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa, Poland on Dec 13,2013. The CD contains 21 carols and the DVD has 25.  Please note that the DVD is in European format (PAL) and will NOT play on most US DVD players.
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By the Mater Dolorosa Choir of Holyoke, Mass.
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By Eddie Blazonczyk with the Versatones.
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Golec Orkiestra - Nieziemskie Granie Dla Ciebie Panie (2CD) [ch] Hej Koleda - Mlodzi Janowiacy [ch] Hej Koleda By John Jaworski and the Polish Village Musicians [ch]
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Selection of 19 traditional Polish koledy and pastoralki performed by the Golec Brothers Orchestra. Traditional village Christmas music sung by the young adult folk group "Mlodzi Janowiacy" playing traditional folk instruments. Poland has more Christmas Carols than any other nation in the world.  Many have a folk song character and are called pastoralki or shepherd's carols.  Some contain dance rhythms like the Krakowiak and Mazurka.  Folklorist John Jaworski has spenty many sum
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Jerzy Polomski w Cicha Noc - Koledy I Pastoralki [ch] Koleda Na Caly Rok - (Koledy for the Entire Year) by Ewa Bem [ch] Koledujmy Razem By Latorosle [ch]
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A selection of 20 classic Polish Christmas Carols performed by the Warsaw Chamber Orchestra and and National Philharmonic Choir. under the direction of Marek Sewena. This popular polish singer does a selection of Polish and American carols to a very jazzy beat. Have you ever heard "Let It Snow" or Irving Berlin's "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" sung in Polish? You will really enjoy "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" Delightful album of traditional Polish Christmas Carols (koledy) sung in a modern style by the Children's Choir of the Most Sacred Heart Of Jesus Parish in Bytom, Poland.  This is their fifth CD.

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KOLEDY - Jacek Lech [ch] Koledy - Jan Pawel II Spiewa - John Paul II Sings Polish Carols [ch] Koledy - Ladysz, Ochman, Mroz [ch]
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Traditional Polish carols sung by Jacek Lech, former lead singer of the famous Polish rock band, Czerwono-Czarni. Throughout his life as Pope John Paul II, Karol Wojtyla never hesitated to join the crowds in song. Here are 16 of his performances. A beautiful selection of Polish carols by three stars of Polish opera, Wieslaw Ochman, Bernard Ladysz and Leonard A. Mroz.
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Koledy - Scholares Minores Pro Musica Antiqua - Carols by Children of Poniatowa [ch] Koledy By Cappella Gedanensis [ch] Koledy By Monika Borys [ch]
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The Children's Choir of Poniatowa sing Polish and International Chrismas Carols A delightful selection of traditional Polish carols, plus Silent Night and Jingle Bells in English, German and Polish. We present you a CD containing 25 traditional Polish Christmas carols performed by the Early Music Group Gdansk Cappella Gedanensis. We guarantee that the songs bring to your home a unique and warm atmosphere of Christmas. Koledy By Monika Borys [ch]
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