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I have only recently discovered Mr. Kharitonov and all I can say is, WOW, look what I have been missing! This has got to be one of the most powerful human voices in the world. His command of the musical scale and subtle nuances of every song touches the heart. His music trancends language and truly touches something deep within the soul of the human spirit! To hear him sing “Between High Corn” is very moving and almost a religious experience. I will be adding his works to the top of my musical library. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world. You have a whole new generation of fans in the United States. Best Wishes.
I did not discover Mr. Kharitonov until a few months ago, when I found his 1965 video of “Song of the Volga Boatmen” on Youtube. This I forwarded to everyone I could, with the comment, “This is the most Russian-looking, Russian-sounding thing I ever encountered! Who is this guy?” I finally found out who is this guy. Even though I was heavily into Russian studies in the Sixties, this was something new…the Cold War kept this precious secret from us. But now, at last, the secret is out; and we, his newfound fans, can only borrow a soupy line from a soupy movie and say, “Ah, Zhivago, if only we had met in time!”
Mikhail Leonidovich, I note it is many months now since you have responded to any of us, and clearly it is not your courtesy that has lessened. Are you and your father well?
This is fantastic group, tohetger with a few others russian hard/heavy groups.Many parties passed with this inspirationl musuc.Viva Russian Heavy Metal.Greeteings from Bulgaria.
Greetings to you, also, Juan. My mother’s side of the family came mostly from Yambol and Burgas.
Dear Mr. Leonid Mikhailovich Kharitonov thank you for making such beautiful music. I’m an eighteen years old young boy from germany which has also a bass baritone voice (not like yours because xour voice is very unique). I want just to say thank you to you because you inspired me to improve my singing skills. Your music has gained a very big importance for me over the last 3 years. I listen it every day. You are an idol for me . I want to tell you my admiration not because I think this is important for you to be adimrated by an 18 year old boy but to shown you that you have changen my world. I wish you a longer live and health to all your family members. Sincerely in greatest admiration Jonas Hausmann
Dear Mr. Kharitonov (and son),
I’m a fourteen year old boy from the Netherlands. Once again, this proves that your music is not only for old men, haha.
Almost a year ago, I discovered your music on YouTube. I’m inspired by it, and now I listen to it every day. Such a powerful and perfect voice! Although I can’t speak or read Russian, I understand what you’re singing. You’re one of my idols.
Mikhail Kharitonov, thank you for uploading these wonderful video’s of Mr. Kharitonov on YouTube, it has made my life (and many others) better.
So thank you, for inspiring entire generations over the entire planet, and enriching their lives, which will happen as well for the generations that have to come. Many luck and health to the Kharitonov familiy.
Sincery, a big fan.
Not only were all old men once young men, and all old women once young women, you will find, when you are old, that you have not changed into anyone else. You’re the same you, and you still like the same things, which in my case happens to be first-rate authentic Russian singers.
Mr. Kharitonov. I wrote you a message last year. I watched some videos of you today and I must say that there is not one time I hear your voice that I don’t feel absolutely amazed. Because I think that feelings are better expressed in one’s native language, I wish my Russian were good enough to express what great joy I experience when I listen to your recordings. Let it suffice to say that I wish I could throw flower bouquets to your feet, just like they do in theaters. Thank you for sharing your glorious sound with the world. I will remember you in my prayers. God bless you and your family just like has always happened.
With best wishes,
Happy Birthday Leonid! I’m so happy for you and for me to have this opportunity to greet the singer whose voice graced my childhood days. I wish you and your family many years of life full of health and happiness!
Thanks for your voice!
Claudia Contreras G.
Happy Birthday Leonid!
I’m so happy for you and for me to have this opportunity to greet the singer whose voice graced my childhood days. I wish you, and your family many years of life full of health and happiness!
Claudia Contreras G.
I first saw Leonid Kharitonov on his first tour with the Soviet Army Chorus. I was just a child, but my parents agree I was completely transformed hearing his voice. To this day, there is no one to match his power and delicacy, no one who can lift me from my seat like he can. Entirely because of that experience, I became insane for the male voice, the operatic voice, and the BIG male choir.
Gospodin Kharitonov, if you are still there, thank you with my whole soul for a lifetime of joy.
Que bien hace al corazón escuchar interpretaciones tan bellas…estoy admirada y feliz de haber conocido a este gran artista…es un honor para mi escuchar. La sencillez, la fuerza, el talento brota de manera sencilla desde el corazón de Leonid…Agradezco el tener la oportunidad de poder escuchar y ver y desde mi querida ciudad Valparaíso, le envío a través de la brisa primaveral con todo el aroma de las flores, mi cariño, respeto y admiración
I heard Leonid Kharitonov sing as part of the Soviet Chorus, yesterday. I was astounded at the power and depth of his voice. What a beautiful gift that man had. I heard “Song of the Volga Boatmen. Superb! I am so glad i was able to enjoy his singing. Thank you to the person who provided this gift to prosperity.
Dear Mr. Kharitonov,
as a German man (33 years old) who loves the Russian culture and the traditional Russian music, I discovered your music as a piece of the Soviet Army Chorus via youtube and bought the cd’s.
I bow low to you and your fantastic voice and your incredibly superior presentation under the Boris Alexandrovich Alexandrov Ensemble of the Red Army.
Especially the pieces “The Cliff”, “Eyed Cossack Girl” (what a pretty cool show, unbelievable!), “Chrysanthemums finished blossoming long”, “The Ballad about Russian Boys”, and so on … I regret, that there is any more of it …
It makes me lucky to see and hear you. Your forcefully and emphatically style deeply moves my soul — how magical and how valuable this is!
So, your art command deep admiration from me.
I never will forget you, I’ll share your music and mind to my children!
Thank you so very much for this wonderful moments with your music for many days in this dark winter!!!
I wish you all the very best and I wish I could give you some life years of me.
In deepest admiration, my very best greetings,
Thomas E. of Germany
I think the performance of the Russian Army Choir of the Volga Boatmen (1965), with you as the leading vocals, is the best ever.
I’ve always liked the tune but the sheer dominance of your voice is simply not from this world.
I have just discovered Leonid Mikhailovich. He has one of the most wonderfull voices I have ever hear.
The Volga Boatmen 1965 is simply perfect I have hear it thousands and everyday is better than before.
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