Archive for December, 2011

2012 New Year’s Greetings from Leonid Kharitonov

December 31 2011   3 Comments   Tags: concerts, New Year, Osipov Orchestra, Russian romance

Leonid Kharitonov

Dear fans and friends! Peace, health, prosperity and happiness to all of you in 2012! I thank you with all my soul for your love and support.

This 1987 performance of “Kiss Me, My Darling” is from the television show “Song, Romance, Waltz”. The singer is accompanied by the Osipov Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments, under the leadership of conductor Nikolay Kalinin.

BBC Radio 3 Program about the Red Army Choir

December 4 2011   2 Comments   Tags: Alexandrov Ensemble, Radio Programs, The Cliff

Red Army Choir, BBC 3 Radio Program

It might seem a kitsch throwback to the days when music was an essential weapon in the Soviet armoury, but the Red Army Choir still sets the benchmark for military music-making some 80 odd years since it was founded. Now known as the Alexandrov Ensemble, the company of singers, players and dancers still tours the world as a cultural envoy of the Russian state. Aled Jones uncovers the history of the group, from its first glory years when it performed a vital role in promoting culture amongst the members of the Soviet military. He follows it through the Second World War when it gave an astounding 1500 concerts to motivate the troups, and then the post-war years when it had to re-invent itself as a vehicle for national pride across the world despite political resistance to its concerts in the West.

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