“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. Continue reading
“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”).
Leonid Kharitonov and the Russian Red Army Choir perform the Russian folk song “Ej Uhnem!” (“The Song of the Volga Boatmen” or “Yo, Heave Ho!”), with English subtitles.
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The Red Army Choir. Thanks to Fitri Kamelia Margareth (Indonesia) for that beautiful drawing!
The Alexandrov song and dance Ensemble of the Russian Red Army performs “The Song of Young Soldiers”.
Music by P. Akulenko, lyrics by Y. Shvedov
Nikolay Gres (tenor) & The Alexandrov Red Army Choir perform “The Cossack Levko’s Song About the Headman” from the opera “The Night in May” by Rimsky-Korsakov, Story by Nikolay Gogol.
Conductor – Boris Alexandrov
Early 60-s. Continue reading