Running Time:

66 min

Release Date:

November 2015

Recording Location:

Bialowieza forest, Poland

Echoes from the Ancient Forest

by Izabela Dluzyk

In central Europe, in the borderland between Poland and Belarus where two Slavic cultures meet, there lies an ancient, primeval forest. Here for thousands of years, nature has lived by its own rules. This is the Bialowieza Forest.

Bialowieza is a last memento of truly virgin forests that used to cover European lowlands centuries ago. The mysterious ancient woodland, full of entanglements of fallen trees and whispers of the wind, brimming with birdsong in the spring and with roars of rutting red deer in the autumn, looks at us from the height of several hundred year old oaks and spruces.

Mutilated throughout the ages, stripped of plants and animals, yet against odds always throbbing with life, it has survived till the present day as a biosphere reserve. But most of all it has survived as a legacy, as a task for humanity.

Izabela Comments:

This album contains recordings made in Bialowieza in May 2015, both in the primeval forest and on meadows in the Narewka river valley. The recordings have not been processed or modified in any way. They provide a faithful picture of what nature itself intended to present.

I deeply wish them to describe, in nature's own words, the unique beauty hidden in this remarkable place, and to reveal at least a tiny bit of the mystery of the soul of the primeval forest of Bialowieza - ancient, but always young and alive.

Audio sample of this album


Morning in the Primeval Forest



Close Encounters



By a Small Stream in the Rain



Rainy Soundscape with a Robin



Tale of Ancient Trees



Evening Songster



Morning on a Meadow in the Narewka River Valley



Midday on a Meadow



Concert at the Narewka River



When the Wagtail Visits



Evening Orchestra



Nightingale's Lullaby


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