Soviet composers #1 – Anatoly Novikov and Vano Muradeli

“Soviet composers #1 – Anatoly Novikov and Vano Muradeli” – This is the 1st episode of the series (with English subtitles) and 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”).


This episode is a part of the documentary series named “Talking with my father”. I decided to record the conversation with my father, the Russian singer (bass), the People’s Artist of Russia – Leonid Mikhailovich Kharitonov. He also used to work in the legendary Twice Red Bannered Song and Dance Ensemble of the Soviet Army under A.V. Alexandrov (also known as the Red Army Choir or the Alexandrov Ensemble). We want to tell all his admirers about some interesting facts of the famous artist’s life.

In this series, Leonid Mikhailovich will share his memories about his work, his friends and interesting cases from his busy creative life. He will talk about some famous people of the Soviet era, whom he happened to meet on his way: composers, musicians, actors, cosmonauts, military commanders and many others. And, of course, special attention will be paid to the “old school” soloists of his mostly beloved Alexandrov Ensemble.

The recording was made on March 29, 2017 in Moscow by the son of the singer – Mikhail.


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