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Owners of New York label Arka Records were Yaroslav Pastushenko and Roman Poritok. Label is distinguishable by its repertoire that consisted exclusively of recordings of Ukrainian soloists and choruses, existed at that time. The only exception is a few recordings copied from Polish label Syrena-Electro in 1934. The paper labels were of different design and color, depending on series that started with 100 (numbers approximately up to 150 belonged to Canadian branch), 200, 400, 500 and 600. One can find records of such soloists as soprano: E.Mozgova, N.Andrusiv, tenors: M.Scala-Staritsky, O.Rusnak, V.Tisyak, baritone M.Minsky, New York chorus Dumka, bandura ensemble of Levitsky and Yurevich, records with dance and light music. The total number of records Arka is about 100.[1]

In catalog series 500 (maybe not only in it) in the advertising catalogs in newspapers they included records of other companies as well. Moreover, the real and the bogus numbers are mixed up: for example, 520 and 526 are the real numbers of American Arka records, and between them are bogus numbers 521 ... 525 that correspond to CD1 ... CD5 of "Chwyli Dnistra" records.[2]

There is no information about Canadian branch.

References:

1. Stefan Maksymjuk. From The History of Ukrainian Sound Recordings and Discography., p.202, 204
2. Message of Mike G. Jurkevich on our forum.
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Cat No▲
(Mx/Ctr No)
TakeTitle Name (Composer)Artist(s), AccompanimentRec Date
Rec Place
Label(s)Order No
[xRef Nos]
Files
201A
(201-A)
ukrainianbaritone with piano
Zasumuj Trembito, soldiers song (Roman Kupchinsky, lyrics by N.Nuzankiwsky)
Michael Minsky, acc. L.Wachnianyn (piano)New YorkArka Records (orange)201
201B
(201-B)
ukrainianbaritone with piano
Oh, willow on the field ( ), soldiers song
Michael Minsky, acc. L.Wachnianyn (piano)New YorkArka Records (orange)201
401 A
(AR-401-A)
ukrainian
Black field is plowed-up ( ), folk song (arr. Stanislav Lyudkevych)
choir "Surma", Conductor Ivan Okhrymovych04-1934
Warsaw
Arka Records (red), Syrena-Electro401
401 B
(AR-401-B)
ukrainian
And those who wants to know the war ( ), soldiers song (arr. Stanislav Lyudkevych)
choir "Surma", Conductor Ivan Okhrymovych04-1934
Warsaw
Arka Records (red), Syrena-Electro401
512A
(AR-512-A)
ukrainianmixed quartet with bandura
Oh, down from the mountain a black cloud has arisen ( - ), soldiers song (arr. Mikola Leontowych)
Galina Homula, Ivanna Kononeva, Vladimir Jurkiewicz, Roman Levitsky, acc. banduraNew YorkArka Records (yellow)512
512B
(AR-512-B)
ukrainianmixed quartet with bandura
When the Strelets left Ukraine ( ), soldiers song (Roman Kupchinsky)
Galina Homula, Ivanna Kononeva, Vladimir Jurkiewicz, Roman Levitsky, acc. banduraNew YorkArka Records (yellow)512
516 A
(AR-516-A)
ukrainianchoir
Boh sia razdaje ( ), kolyada (O. Nyzankiwskyj)
Choir "Surma", Conductor Ivan Ochrymowycz~1934
Lviv
Arka Records (yellow)516
516 B
(AR-516-B)
ukrainianchoir
Wistku holosyt (i ), kolyada (arr. I. Nedilskyj)
Women's Choir "Boyan"~1955Arka Records (yellow)516
522
ukrainian
Indian Summer
Orest Rusnak, acc. orchestraClevelandChwyli DnistraCD 2-A
ukrainian
Golden and Dear
CD 2-B
525
ukrainianduet with orchestra
I like to watch (O. Nyzankovsky - D. Sichynsky, lyrics by Konynsky)
Volodymyr Rusnak, Orest Rusnak, acc. orchestraClevelandChwyli DnistraCD 5-A
ukrainianduet with orchestra
Let me hear from you (S. Ludkevich)
Orest Rusnak, acc. orchestraCD 5-B
528A
(X-AR-528-A)
ukrainiantenor with piano
Hey, fields ( , ), song (Barvinsky)
Miro Skala Staryckyj, acc. pianoArka Records (yellow)528
528B
(X-AR-528-B)
ukrainiantenor with piano
Sleep, my baby (, ), song (Ludkewycz)
Miro Skala Staryckyj, acc. pianoArka Records (yellow)528
529A
(X-AR-529-A)
ukrainiantenor with piano
Hopes (䳿), song (J. Lopatynskyj, lyrics by S.Czerkasenko)
Miro Skala Staryckyj, acc. pianoArka Records (yellow)529
529B
(X-AR-529-B)
ukrainiantenor with piano
Song (ϳ) (A. Hnatyszyn, lyrics by Hr.Czuprynka)
Miro Skala Staryckyj, acc. pianoArka Records (yellow)529
532A
(AR-532-A)
ukrainianduet with mandolin orchestra
Oh, I go to the mill (, ), folk song
Mandolin Orchestra, Conductor Kyrylo Cependa, Solo by M. Klymciw, A. ParutaArka Records (yellow)532
532B
(AR-532-B)
ukrainianduet with mandolin orchestra
Horobci, folk comic song
Mandolin Orchestra, Conductor Kyrylo Cependa, Solo by M. Klymciw, A. ParutaArka Records (yellow)532
535 A
(AR-535-A)
ukrainianhawaiian guitar with orchestra
Medley of Ukrainian folk songs )
Vladimir (Volodymyr, Walter) Oseredchuk, acc. orchestra~1955Arka Records (yellow)535
535 B
(AR-535-B)
ukrainianhawaiian guitar orchestra and vocal trio
Good night, my darling (, ), waltz-boston
vocal trio: Ivanna Kononova (Kononiv), O. Oseredchuk, Roman Levitsky (Levytsky), acc. hawaiian guitar orchestra, Conductor Vladimir (Volodymyr, Walter) Oseredchuk~1955Arka Records (yellow)535
539
ukrainiansoprano with orchestra
Yearning (), tango (Ivan Bohdan (John Bohdan) Wesolowsky (Bondi), Leonid Yablonsky (Jabcio))
Sophia Hawryshchuk-Kalba, acc. orchestra1955
Montreal
Arka Records (Canada, v1)117-A
(MB-1092)
ukrainiansoprano with orchestra
After sunset ( ), tango (Bohdan (Ivan Bohdan, John Bohdan) Wesolowsky (Bondi, Bocian, Bazio))
117-B
(MB-1093)
581
ukrainianduet
I go by meadow ( ), folk song
Irayida Cherniak & Petro Cherniak, acc. pianoArka Records (Canada, v1)T 19484
ukrainiantenor with piano
Hey, Dnepr (, ), folk song
Petro Cherniak, acc. pianoT 19485
596A
(AK-596-A)
ukrainianmixed quartet with bandura
The Street (F. Kolessa)
Galina Homula, Chrustia Karpevych, Vladimir Jurkiewicz, Roman Levitsky, acc. banduraNew YorkArka Records (silver-blue)596
596B
(AK-596-B)
ukrainianmixed quartet with bandura
Blow the winds, folk song (arr. V. Stupnicky)
Galina Homula, Chrustia Karpevych, Vladimir Jurkiewicz, Roman Levitsky, acc. banduraNew YorkArka Records (silver-blue)596
600A
ukrainianbaritone with bandurist's ensemble
Wstawaj Narode ( ), song (Hryhory Kytasty, lyrics by Ivan Bagryany)
Michael Minsky, acc. bandurist's ensemble, Conductor Hryhory Kytasty1951...1952
Detroit (?)
Arka Records (silver-blue), Bandurists Ensamble600
10-14106 A
600B
ukrainianbaritone with piano
Iz-za Czornoho Morja Zza Lymanu (- , - ), song (M. Gayworonsky)
Michael Minsky, acc. pianoNew YorkArka Records (silver-blue)600
601A
(AK-601A)
ukrainianbaritone with bandurist's ensemble
Today I have something really miss, folk song
Michael Minsky, acc. bandurist's ensemble, Conductor Stephan GanushevskyNew YorkArka Records (silver-blue)601
601B
(AK-601B)
ukrainianbaritone with piano
Mower goes in the field, folk song
Michael Minsky, acc. pianoNew YorkArka Records (silver-blue)601
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