N. Polozkov sings the folk song, “Ah, Lovely Night!” (Ах, ты ноченька) with the Alexandrov Ensemble, conducted by Boris Alexandrovich Alexandrov, live at the Albert Hall, London, 1963. “How shall I spend this beautiful night? My dear one has left me and I am all alone.”
In this fabulous arrangement by Boris, there are references to Stravinsky and to Italian opera, but also to Eastern Orthodox church music in those soaring choruses. It is said that Boris and Alexander his father were deeply religious men, that Stalin knew that they were all baptised, and that he protected them. Eastern Orthodox music, in my opinion, informs many if not all of their compositions and arrangements. If we combine this track with images of the sky, it’s easy to see what Boris may have had in mind.