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My deepest condolences for your father’s passing.
I recently found some videos of him performing on youtube and quickly became a fan. For the past two months or so I was very happy to go through his interviews and performances and learn more about him, his stories of the Soviet Union and the Aleksandrov Ensemble and so on. It never occurred to me to wonder how old he was, he just felt so timeless. It came as a great shock to find out he passed just last year.
I hope you know what a great job you’re doing honouring his memory on this site and the youtube channel. He’ll be forever immortalised in those classic concerts and we’ll always remember him as a dashing young man so full of spirit. Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your father’s great gift.
May he rest in peace.
Dear Mikhail Kharitonov,
I first learned of your father after the terrible plane crash last Christmas. I saw his interview about the members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, and saw how devastated he was. I am sure that tragedy was hard for him to recover from.
His performance of the “Dark-Eyed Cossack Girl” I find to be one of the most humorous and delightful things I have ever seen.
My chorus, the Schiller Institute NYC Chorus, participated in a Memorial at the Teardrop Monument in Bayonne, NJ, and will be laying a wreath in memory of the Alexandrov Ensemble again this year on January 6th.
We would be honored to read a short statement from you about your late father and/or the Alexandrov Ensemble on this occasion. Please contact me, if you wish to send something. It can be in Russian. My sincere condolences on the death of your father. He was a very profound and good person.
To Mr. Mikhail Kharitonov
Dear Mr. Kharitonov,
I would like to offer to you my sincere condolences for
your loss of your father. It is never easy to lose a parent
as they are the anchors of our lives. I can see by the great
and tender care with which you maintain and host this site
and the Youtube channel for your late father how much he
meant to you.
I was introduced to your father’s singing when last year
a very precious friend sent to me the video of your father’s
performance of “Ey, Ukhnem!” at the Tschaikovsky Hall in
1965. And your father instantly became one of my most
favourite singers. I think that several of the visitors at Youtube
are right about his magnificent voice, it was like thunder
not speak of its warmth and depth. From your Talking With
My Father series and other videos like the BBC interview,
I could hear and see that your father was a very warm, kind and gentle
man. I could also see how very proud Boris Alexandrov was of your
father, as after his performance of “Ey, Ukhnem!” he hugged
your father, and I understood from Wikipedia that Boris Alexandrov
often showed his pride of your father. And the video of your father’s
visit together with Ivan Bukreev, Alexei Sergeev and Arthur Eisen
to Boris Alexandrov was very touching. And I loved how they all sang
for Boris Alexandrov. I also loved how Boris Alexandrov’s little dog only
responded to your father’s singing during this visit
Besides your father, Evgeny Belyaev, Alexei Sergeev and Ivan Bukreev
and the Alexandrov Ensemble in its entirety also belong to my most
favourite singers, Their- and your father’s singing helped me through
me many tough moments.
I realise that it takes time to truly develop a voice, but as your father
sang for twelve years in the choir of the Alexandrov Ensemble, it was
still a long time before he became a soloist.
And thank you for hosting and maintaining this site and the Youtube
RIP, a wonderful artist
Does mr Kharitonov allow autographs for his fans? I hope it is not presumptuous to ask.
Ben, I have a few photos with his autographs. I can send you one, if you want.
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