Last year, ten days after Leonid Kharitonov passed away, “The New York Times” honoured him by including one of his performances among their musical selections (at the bottom of the page). We have received this link just recently and would like to share it with all of his fans. We would like to thank Julie van de Mheen for sending this link to us.
My name is Mikhail Kharitonov and I’m the younger son of Leonid Mikhailovich. I have a very sad news for all the admirers of the famous Russian operatic singer. Leonid Mikhailovich Kharitonov has passed away on the 19th of September, 2017, after suffering his 5th heart attack. This happened the next day after his 84th birthday.
Leonid Kharitonov gives an interview in a TV show entitled “Secrets of the Kremlin Concerts” (March 5, 2014.) He tells about his first solo performance in 1965, which he gave at a concert for Leonid Brezhnev and the Soviet leadership on the occasion of Lenin’s 95th anniversary. We’ve added English subtitles to the video.
May 9th is celebrated every year in Russia as Victory Day to commemorate the victory in 1945 over Nazi Germany in World War II. Leonid Kharitonov wholeheartedly thanks all veterans for their service and their sacrifices!
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.
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.
May 9th is celebrated every year in Russia as Victory Day to commemorate the victory in 1945 over Nazi Germany in World War II. 2011 marks the 66th anniversary.
Leonid Kharitonov sang many patriotic songs during his long career, including the one presented here, “Son of Russia”. He wishes to express his extreme gratitude to all veterans for their sacrifices, and asks all of his fans to pray for peace.