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.
This Radio Programe is about the A.V. Alexandrov Red Army Choir. Several best choir performances are included such as V Put, Bandura, Utyos and some other hits.
The programe also include Leonid Kharitonov’s memories and some interesting comments from the Ensemble’s fan from UK – Linda Spashett OCarroll.
“Red Army Choir”, BBC 3 Radio Program, 4 December 2011.
WATCH THE ORIGINAL FULL INTERVIEW OF LEONID KHARITONOV FOR THE BBC RADIO HERE!