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Russian Folk Songs, vol. 1 (2 CD set)

State Academic Russian Choir
Alexander Sveshnikov
Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery
MP3 Price: $15.99


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The name of Alexander Sveshnikov (1890-1980) is intimately linked with the Russian choral culture of the Soviet era. During the 40+ years he spent as conductor of the USSR State Academic Chorus, founded in 1936, he commanded some of the best choral forces in all of Russia. He also vastly enriched the Russian choral repertoire with dozens of choral folk-song arrangements, not a surprising achievement at a time when arranging and performance of Russian Orthodox sacred music were severely suppressed. The West came to know the "Sveshnikov Chorus" through several LP albums released in the late 1960s and early 1970s on the Angel-Melodiya label. These LPs, which have become collectors' items, are now available in this remarkable gift set, remastered on CDs. Volume 1--a double CD set--and Volume 2 contain the best-known Sveshnikov songs; Volume 3 presents lesser-known recordings from the 1950s. These CDs will be enjoyed both for their "nostalgia quotient" and for their value as an historical monument to a period when choral singing in Russia survived the total fracturing and redefinition of "culture." The attractively designed booklet has titles and information in Russian and English. A must for all serious collectors!--V.M.



No. Composer Title Sheet Music Time Buy
101 Alexander Sveshnikov Ah, wide steppe FS033 05:36
102 Alexander Sveshnikov A bright moon is shining FS003 02:59
103 Alexander Sveshnikov Oh, my green garden 04:20
104 Alexander Sveshnikov Volga boatmen's song 02:42
105 Alexander Sveshnikov Friends, let us spend this night in merriment 03:40
106 Alexander Sveshnikov Do not reproach me 03:17
107 Alexander Sveshnikov White fluffy snows 06:56
108 Alexander Sveshnikov An ancient linden-tree 04:33
109 Alexander Sveshnikov In the smithy FS034 02:27
110 Alexander Sveshnikov The wide Dnieper river moans 04:02
111 Alexander Sveshnikov The cranes are calling 03:01
112 Alexander Sveshnikov A white bird-cherry tree 06:20
113 Yegorov, arr., Alexander On the River Neva 05:46
114 Alexander Sveshnikov The harvest is in full swing 04:28
115 Stepan Davydov Amidst a level valley 04:43
116 Alexander Varlamov A white lonely sail 03:45
117 A. Koposov, arr. I, a fair young lass 02:42
118 Alexander Sveshnikov In the morning time 03:37
119 Alexander Gretchaninoff I'll go out FS031 01:10
201 Alexander Sveshnikov Down the Mother-Volga River 03:57
202 Alexander Sveshnikov Evening bells FS006 03:34
203 Alexander Sveshnikov In the dark forest FS007 02:50
204 V. Fyodorov, arr. Do not murmur, my leafy oak grove 03:27
205 Alexander Sveshnikov We have come here from a far-away country 01:41
206 Sidorovich, K., Sveshnikov, arr. The lonely coach-bell 04:28
207 Alexander Varlamov The red sarafan 02:56
208 Alexander Sveshnikov The forests are turning green 04:14
209 Alexander Sveshnikov O leafy-green grove 04:46
210 Alexander Sveshnikov Along the river FS032 02:30
211 Alexander Sveshnikov Why are you swaying, slender rowan-tree 06:32
212 Alexander Sveshnikov Name me such an abode 04:27
213 Rakov, N., Sveshnikov, arr. Sing, swallow, sing 02:34
214 Alexander Sveshnikov The paths have long overgrown 04:56
215 Shanina, Ye., Sveshnikov, arr. I go out onto the road alone 05:13
216 Alexander Sveshnikov A prisoner 03:12
217 Alexander Sveshnikov The lights shimmered across the river 04:59
218 Vissarion Shebalin A winter road 03:01
219 Vissarion Shebalin A golden cloud 02:15
220 Feodosy Rubtsov, Arr. Brooms FS002 01:09

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