The Red Army Choir #2 – Concert tour to France: Mireille Mathieu and Felix Yusupov, 1967

Talking with my father

“The Red Army Choir #2 – Concert tour to France: Mireille Mathieu and Felix Yusupov, 1967” – is the next episode from the “Talking with my father” series (with English Subtitles). A Russian famous singer Leonid Mikhailovich Kharitonov will talk about the times when he used to work in the Red Army Choir (The Alexandrov Ensemble) in 60-s. He will tell about his meeting with Russian Prince Felix Yusupov in Paris (France) during their concert tour. The Prince Felix Yusupov was also known as the killer of Gregory Rasputin.

The Red Army Choir #1 – Paul Robeson, Fidel Castro and a concert tour to Cuba, 1961

Talking with my father

“The Red Army Choir #1 – Paul Robeson, Fidel Castro and a concert tour to Cuba, 1961” – is the next episode from the “Talking with my father” series (with English Subtitles). A Russian famous singer Leonid Mikhailovich Kharitonov will talk about the times when he used to work in the Red Army Choir (The Alexandrov Ensemble) in early 60-s. He will tell about the historic Ensemble’s octet performance together with Paul Robeson and Arthur Eizen for the leader of the Soviet Union (USSR) Nikita Khruschev. They performed “The Song About Motherland” then.

Leonid Kharitonov has passed away

September 25 2017   13 Comments   Tags: biography, romance

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.

Soviet composers #3 – Matvey Blanter, part 1: The Dark-Eyed Cossack Girl

Soviet composers

The 3d episode (with English subtitles) is dedicated to the one of the most famous Soviet composers – Matvey Blanter. Leonid Mikhailovich Kharitonov will talk about his creative collaboration with this composer and will tell about the history of the Dark-Eyed Cossack Girl song and its premier with the Alexandrov Red Army Choir in the Albert Hall in London on the March of 1967.

Soviet composers #2 – Ostrovsky, Tulikov, Ekimyan

Soviet composers 1 - Anatoly Novikov and Vano Muradeli

“Soviet composers #2 – Ostrovsky, Tulikov, Ekimyan” – is the second episode of the series (with English subtitles) and is dedicated to another three famous Soviet composers. Leonid Mikhailovich Kharitonov will talk about his creative collaboration with the composers of Soviet patriotic songs – Arkady Ostrovsky, Serafim Tulikov (such songs as “Motherland”, “Son of Russia”, “The Veterans Do Not Grow Old in Their Souls”) and Alexey Ekimyan (such songs as “Soviet country”, “Grey Hair”).

Soviet composers #1 – Anatoly Novikov and Vano Muradeli

Soviet composers 1 - Anatoly Novikov and Vano Muradeli

“Soviet composers #1 – Anatoly Novikov and Vano Muradeli” – This episode (with English subtitles) is dedicated to some famous Soviet composers. Leonid Mikhailovich Kharitonov will talk about his creative collaboration with the composers of Soviet patriotic songs – Anatoly Novikov (such songs as “Vasya-Vasilek”, “John Reed walks along Petrograd”, “The Ballad About Russian Boys”) and Vano Muradeli (such songs as “The War Is Not Over Yet”, “The Alarm Bells of Buchenwald”).

The Last Concert of the Alexandrov Red Army Choir (2016)

December 29 2016   3 Comments   Tags: Alexandrov Ensemble, concerts, folk songs, New Year

The last concert of the Twice Red Banner Song and Dance Ensemble of the Russian Army under A.V. Alexandrov at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, 2016.

In the memory of all who perished in a tragic airplane crash over the Black Sea on December 25, 2016.

Condolences on the loss of the Alexandrov Ensemble artists

December 26 2016   14 Comments   Tags: Alexandrov Ensemble, fans, history, internet

Leonid Mikhailovich Kharitonov tells his deepest condolences on the loss of the Alexandrov Ensemble artists, who died in the airplane crash on the 25th of December, 2016.

Leonid Kharitonov’s interview for the BBC Radio 3

Leonid Kharitonov's interview for the BBC Radio 3This video represents an interview of Leonid Kharitonov (the famous Russian opera singer) for the BBC Radio 3 channel. This conversation took place in December 2011 via international telephone connection.

Leonid Kharitonov told about his first experience of the Cliff song solo performance with the Alexandrov Red Army Choir at the Kremlin Palace of Congresses in Moscow in 1965.

А Tour To Canada in 1978 (private footage)

January 20 2016   1 Comment   Tags: biography, Canada, tours

Tour To Canada in 1978

This private footage was made personally by the Russian singer Leonid Kharitonov during his tour with some Soviet performers to Canada. The video shows how the artist saw this country in the far 1978 year.
 

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