Alexandrov ensemble discography

This is a list of recordings made by the Alexandrov Ensemble (under various titles) since 1928. Within each section (CDs, LPs, 78s etc.) they are in alphabetical order of record labels.



Facets: Leningrad Cowboys - Total Balalaika Show

Kultur: Soviet Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble

  • D1106. ISBN 0-7697-8690-1. B0013N3LIG Region 1 DVD.
  • (dir: I. Jugashvili. Musical dir: Boris Alexandrov. Compilation of recordings ca.1960 released 29 April 2008, filmed in Soviet Union, in Russian, 71mins. The Russian technique at that time was to make a silent colour film on location, then dub the sound in the studio. However there are some superb soundtracks here, if a little crackly.)[2]
  1. Forward, On the Way or Let's Go (Choir rocks or sways as if marching. Filmed on Red Square near St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow.)
  2. The Birch Tree (soloist: N.T. Gres. Filmed on location in counryside.)
  3. Under the Elm Tree, Under the Oak (soloist A.T. Sergeev. Filmed on location).
  4. Kamarinskaya (arr. M. Glinka. Balalaika soloist: B.S. Feoktistov. Filmed in studio.)
  5. The Golden Rye (soloist: E.M. Belyaev. Filmed on location.)
  6. Dance of the Soldiers (music: B. Alexandrov. Soundtrack: Alexandrov Ensemble. Ensemble dance troupe filmed in Moscow.)
  7. Listen (soloist N.A. Abramov. Filmed in studio.)
  8. Stenka Razin soloist: A.T. Sergeev. Filmed on location.)
  9. Meadowland (Polyushko Pole) (soundtrack: Alexandrov Ensemble. Filmed on location.)
  10. Down the Peterskaya Road (soloist: A.T. Sergeev. Filmed in studio.)
  11. The Grey Cuckoo (soloist unknown. Filmed on location.)
  12. Dance of the Cossacks (music: B. Alexandrov. Soundtrack: Alexandrov Ensemble. Ensemble dance troupe filmed in Moscow.)
  13. Song of the Volga Boatmen (soloist L.M. Kharitonov. Filmed in studio.)
  14. The Girl Next Door (Alexandrov Ensemble. Filmed on location.)
  15. Kalinka (soloist E.M. Belyaev. Filmed on location.)
  16. Lovely Moonlit Night (soundtrack: Alexandrov Ensemble with soloist E.M. Belyaev. Film of moonlit scene.)
  17. Dance of the Zaporozhye Cossacks (soundtrack: Alexandrov Ensemble. Ensemble dance troupe filmed in studio.)
  18. Forward, On the Way (reprise. Excerpt from track 1.)

Silva America: The Alexandrov Red Army Choir Orchestra - Live in Paris


Amiga: Zur Edition

  • (Released 2007. Compilation celebrating Amiga's 60-year anniversary. 4-CD set with 85 tracks, including the folk song Im schönsten Wiesengrunde sung by V. Nikitin recorded at the August 1948 Peace Concert at the Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin.)[4]

Analekta: The Red Army Chorus, the Best of the Original Ensemble, AN28800

Analekta: The Red Army Chorus, ASIN: B001B5CS7Q

  • (Released September 2008. Conductors A. Maltsev, I. Agafonnikov. Soloists include Barseg Tumanyan and Peter Gluboky.)[6]

(Ariola?): The Red Army Ensemble; Royal Albert Hall

  • (2-CD set. Probably same content as cassette: "Ariola: The Red Army Ensemble, Royal Albert Hall, 503 278" - see below.)

Bella: Boris Alexandrov Ensemble & Russian State Choir, ASIN: B00000AZLO

  • (Released October 1995.)[7]

Bellaphon: Russland, wie es singt und lacht 288.05.017

BMG France: Les Choeurs de L'Armee Rouge 74321423482

Le Chant du Monde: Les Choeurs de L'Armee Rouge a Paris, LDX274768

  • (dir: Boris Alexandrov, recorded Paris 1960, released 1961, re-released 1993):[9]
  1. The Birch Tree (French: La Chanson du Bouleau) (1960)
  2. Chant des Partisans (French: Les Partisans) (1960)
  3. Cold Waves Lapping (French: Battus Par les Vagues Froides) (1960)
  4. Ukraine Poem (French: Poeme a l'Ukraine) (1960)
  5. On the Way (French: En Route) (1960)
  6. Soldiers' Choir from Faust (French: Choeur des Soldats de Faust) (1960)
  7. Leaving Song (French: Le Chant du Depart) (1960)
  8. Polyushko Pole (Oh Fields My Fields) (French: Plaine, Ma Plaine) (1960)
  9. The Grey Cuckoo (French: Le Coucou Gris) (1960)
  10. Song of Youth (French: Chant du Voyageur) (1960)
  11. The Neighbour (French: La Voisine) (1960)
  12. Along the Peterskaya Road (French: Le Long de la Peterskaia) (1960)
  13. The Liberation Song (French: Le Chant de la Liberation) (1960)

The Eastern Front: Letters From the Front, Front 003

  • (Compilation of original recordings alternating with modern atmospheric artworks, released May 9, 2006 "to celebrate the 61st Anniversary of Great Victory in World War II". Dedicated to Soviet fighters and their allies in World War II. Sold in a thick A3 paper, folded into a triangle to imitate the triangular-folded World War II servicemen's letters from the Soviet front. A facsimile World War II photo of Soviet servicemen is included. The CD contains a bonus video of the Moscow Victory Parade of 1945. CD in Russian; paper cover in English.)[10][11]
  1. Invasion: V. Molotov's speech upon Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union (June 22, 1941)
  2. Svyaschennaya Voyna, or Sacred War (music: A. Alexandrov). Alexandrov Ensemble (June 1941)
  3. Letter 1 (Westwind, France, 2005).
  4. Call for Defence (Joseph Stalin's speech, 1941).
  5. In a Front Zone Forest (G. Vinogradov, 1945).
  6. Everything is For the Front (Joseph Stalin's speech, 1941).
  7. Letter II (Westwind, France, 2005).
  8. Oh Roads (G. Abramov, 1945).
  9. Letter III (Westwind, France, 2005).
  10. Wait for Me (G. Vinogradov, 1942).
  11. Letter IV (Westwind, France, 2005).
  12. This is the Soviet Information Bureau . . . (Yuri Levitan's broadcast, February 1943, after the end of the Battle of Stalingrad).
  13. Night Over Leningrad (Klavdiya Shulzhenko, 1942).
  14. Two Maxims (G. Vinogradov, 1942).
  15. It was time to forget, inspired by Konstantin Simonov's poem Wait For Me, 1941 (Storm of Capricorn, 2005/06).
  16. Lizaveta (P. Kirichek, 1943).
  17. Nothing bad can happen to me, inspired by Dark Night, originally sung by M. Bernes in the Soviet movie Two Soldiers, 1942. (Neon Rain, France 2005/06).
  18. Song of a Front Truck Driver (M. Bernes, 1945).
  19. Soldier's Father (Silence and Strength, Israel, 2006).
  20. Volchovskaya Drinking Song (Unknown soloist, 1942).
  21. The War Went On . . . (Silence and Strength, Israel 2006).
  22. Song of the Soviet Army, or Invincible and Legendary (music: A. Alexandrov) (Alexandrov Ensemble, 1945).
  23. Victory (Yuri Levitan's broadcast, May 9, 1945, the day when the Soviet Union marked V-E Day, and the Red Army entered Prague.).

EMI Angel: Volga Boat Song. Soviet Army Chorus and Band, CC30-9078. Out of print

  • (Same contents as EMI CDC-7-47833-2)[12]

EMI: Soviet Army Chorus & Band, CDC-7-47833-2 DIDX-1015

  • (dir: Boris Alexandrov, recorded 1956/1963, compiled 1986):[9]
  1. Song of Youth (1956)
  2. The Birch Tree (1956) (soloist: I. Didenko)
  3. Far Away (1956) (soloist: E. Belyaev)
  4. Song of the Volga Boatmen (1956) (soloist: A. Eisen)
  5. You Are Always Beautiful (1956) (soloist: E. Belyaev)
  6. Along Peterskaya Street (1956) (soloist: A. Sergeev)
  7. It's a Long Way to Tipperary (1956) (soloist: K. Gerasimov)
  8. Ah Lovely Night (1956) (soloist: N. Polozkov)
  9. Kamarinskaya (1963) (Balalaika soloist: B.S. Feoktistov)
  10. Annie Laurie (1963) (soloist: E. Belyaev)
  11. Polyushko Pole (Song of the Plains/Meadowland) (1956)
  12. Kalinka (1956) (soloist: E. Belyaev)
  13. Bandura (1956) (soloists: I. Savchuk; V. Fedorov)
  14. Oh No John (1956) (soloist is not named on CD packaging)
  15. Snowflakes (1956)(soloist: I. Didenko)
  16. Ukrainian Poem (1956) (soloist: A. Sergeev)
  17. Soldiers' Chorus from The Decembrists (by Yuri Shaporin) (1956)

EMI Classics: Red Army Ensemble, 0946-3-92030-2-4

  1. Song of Youth (1956)
  2. A Birch Tree (1956) (soloist: I. Didenko)
  3. Far Away (1956) (soloist: E. Belyaev)
  4. You Are Always Beautiful (1956) (soloist: E. Belyaev)
  5. Kalinka (1956) (soloist: E. Belyaev)
  6. Along Peterskaya Street/Road (1956) (soloist: A. Sergeev)
  7. Bandura (1956) (soloists: I. Savchuk; V. Fedorov)
  8. Soldiers' Chorus (1956)
  9. Beautiful Moonlit Night (1963) (soloist: E. Belyaev)
  10. Kamarinskaya (1963) (Balalaika soloist: B.S. Feoktistov)
  11. Annie Laurie (1963) (soloist: E. Belyaev)
  12. Black Eyebrows (1956) (soloist: I. Savchuk)
  13. Ukrainian Poem (1956) (soloist: A. Sergeev)
  14. Oh No John (1956) (soloist: A. Eisen)
  15. Song of the Plains/Meadowland or Polyushko Pole (1956)
  16. Snowflakes (1956) (soloist: I. Didenko)
  17. Song of the Volga Boatmen (1956) (soloist: A. Eisen)
  18. Nut-brown Maiden (1956) (soloists: N. Abramov; I. Savchuk)
  19. The Little Bells (1956) (soloist: N. Abramov)
  20. If I Had a Hammer (1956) (soloist: A. Sergeev)
  21. It's a Long Way to Tipperary (1956) (soloist: K. Gerasimov)
  22. God Save the Queen (2007)

EMI France: Les Choeurs de L'Armee Rouge, 8334342

  • (Conductor: Boris Alexandrov. Apparently much of this is re-mastered 1956 tracks from EMI CDC-7-47833-2. . Soloists include: Evgeny Belyaev and Ivan A. Didenko).[16]
  • Included are: Kalinka, Lovely Moonlit Night, Along the Peterskaya Road, Kamarinskaya, You Are Always Beautiful, Cossack Dance, Ukrainian Poem, Song of Youth, The Birch Tree, Bandura, Oh No John, Song of the Volga Boatmen, Annie Laurie and the Soldiers' Chorus from The Decembrists.

Ensemble Independent: 70th Anniversary: The Alexandrov Red Army Chorus, AA980001-2

  • (2-CD set. Compilation released 1998, 70yrs after the Ensemble was created in 1928. Conductors: Boris Aleksandrov, Igor Agafonnikov, Victor Fyodorov. Packaging includes information booklet in Russian, English, French and German. Included are: The Birch, Katyusha, Little Bells, Polyushko Pole, Sacred War (Svyaschennaya Voyna), Samovars, Along the Road to Peterskaya, Nightingales, Kalinka, Rough Sea Spray (duet E. Belyaev and A. Kusleev), Nut Brown Girl, The Elm and the Oak, Road, Black Eyes, Let's Go!.)[17]

Forever Gold: The Red Army Choir, FG317

  • (Dir: Boris Alexandrov i.e. pre-1987, compiled 2005):[9]
  1. Kalinka
  2. Beautiful Mum (French: Belle Maman)
  3. The Birch Tree (French: La Chanson du Bouleau)
  4. Kalinouchka
  5. Polyushko Pole (Oh Fields My Fields) (French: Plaine, Ma Plaine)
  6. Listen (French: Ecoute)
  7. Doubinouchka
  8. Chant des Partisans (French: Les Partisans)
  9. Out of the Woods (French: En Sortant de la Foret)
  10. Funeral Song (French: Chant Funebre)

HMV Classics: Red Army Favourites, HMV5730452

  • (Same contents as EMI CDC-7-47833-2).[18]

Madacy: Alexandrov Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble 1, Live, ASIN: B00063QKEQ

Madacy: Alexandrov Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble 2, Live, ASIN: B00063QCEO

  • (Released January 1992. Tracks: Love Lights the World, Dance of the Cossacks, Sorochinskaya Market, Holiday March, Partisan Song, Song of the Volga Boatmen, Black Eyebrows, Cossack Song, Ukrainian Folk Song.)[20]

Melodiya: Sacred War (in Russian), MELCD60-00938/1

  • (Compiled and released 2005, for the 60th anniversary of 1945. Military songs. ASIN: B000P3TD5U. Only 5 songs are by the Alexandrov Ensemble: Nos 1,3,11,12,19.)[21][22]
  1. Echelon song: Holy War or Svyaschennaya Voyna (Russian Священная война) (Alexandrov Ensemble)
  2. Two Maxims (Russian: Два Максима) (soloist G. Vinogradov)
  3. Oh the Road (Russian: Эх, дороги) (soloist G. Vinogradov)
  4. Odessa: Love is Shrouded in Mist (soloist K. Lisovsky)
  5. In the Dugout or Zemlyanka (Russian: В землянке) (soloist Vladimir Troshin)
  6. Sinij platochek (soloist Klavdiya Shul'zhenko)
  7. Tyomnaya noch' (soloist Mark Bernes)
  8. Treasured Stone (Russian: Заветный камень) (soloist Yuri Bogatikov)
  9. Zhdi menya (soloist Yuri Gulyaev)
  10. Rustling Bryansk Forest (Russian: Шумел сурово брянский лес) (soloist G. Abramov)
  11. Artillery March (Russian: Марш артиллерии) (Alexandrov Ensemble)
  12. Goodbye City and Hut (Russian: До свиданья, города и хаты) (Alexandrov Ensemble)
  13. Come On (Russian: Давай закурим) (soloist Klavdiya Shul'zhenko)
  14. Accidental Waltz (Russian: Случайный вальс) (soloist L. Utyosov)
  15. Song of the Front Driver (soloist Mark Bernes)
  16. My Favourite (Russian: Моя любимая) (soloist S.Lemeshev)
  17. Song of a War Correspondent (soloist L.Utyosov)
  18. In a Sunny Forest Clearing/Meadow (Russian: На солнечной поляночке) (soloist E.Flaks)
  19. Nightingales (Russian: Соловьи) (Alexandrov Ensemble; soloist E.Belyaev)
  20. It's a Long Time Since We Were Home (Russian: Давно мы дома не были) (duet: V. Bunchikov and V.Nechaev).

Melodiya: Wartime Choruses, in memory of 9th May 1945, MCD207, Out of print

  • (Probably released 1985, 40yrs after 1945. Conductor: Boris Aleksandrov. Included are: Sacred War or Svyaschennaya Voyna, Song of the Dnieper, In the Sunny Field, Road, Evening on the Roadstead, Nightingales (soloist E. Belyaev.)[23]

Melodiya Russian: 50th Anniversary of Victory Day 1945, RDCD00434

Melodiya Military Archives Records: Red Army Ensemble Military Music, MAR-RAM1967

  • (2-CD set. Recorded 1963/67. Release date possibly 1967. Conductor: B. Aleksandrov. Included are: Sacred War (Svyaschennaya Voyna), Polyushka Pole, Evening in Moscow Suburbs, Song of Youth, USSR National Anthem, Let's Go!, Kalinka, Moonlight, Soldiers' chorus from the opera Faust, You Are Always Beautiful, Nightingales (soloist E. Belyaev), Soldiers' chorus from the opera The Decembrists, Along the Peterskaya Road.)[25]

Melodiya Bomba: Best Lyric Songs, BoMB033-204

Melodiya: Eh Dorogi, MELCD6000615

  • (Compilation released 2006. Recorded 1948-65. In Russian 75 mins. Not all tracks are by Alexandrov Ensemble. Included are: Track 1. Sacred War or Svyaschennaya Voyna, 3. Front Line in the Forest (soloist G. Vinogradov), 5. Friends (soloist E. Belyaev), 7. John Cornflower (soloist L. Kharitonov and I. Bukreev), 9. Treasured Stone (soloist M. Reyes), 12. Rustling Bryansk Forest (soloist G. Abramov), 17. Evening on the Roadstead (soloists B. Bunchikov and V. Nechaev), 19. Katyusha (soloist G. Vinogradov), Oh Roads or Eh Dorogi (soloist G. Vinogradov).)[27]

Melodiya: Kalinka, Popular Russian Songs, ASIN: B000E1JO0W

  • (Released 2000.)[28]

Melodiya: Moonlight Over Moscow, ASIN: B000003ETF

  • (Released July 1996. Conductor B. Alexandrov with USSR State Russian Choir and other conductors. Soloists: Ivan Petrov, Evgeny Nesterenko, Artur Eisen, Paata Burchuladze. Tracks are: Kalinka, Polyushko Pole, Monotonously Rings The Bell, Song of the Volga Boatmen (soloist I. Petrov), Twelve Robbers, Warsovienne, Ah Nastasia, A Birch Tree In The Field, Stenka Razin, Steppe Oh Steppe Around, Along Peterskaya Road, Red Sarafan, Poem Of The Ukraine, Such A Moonlight Night, Farewell My Sweetheart, Suliko, En Route.)[29]

Olympia: Slavonic Farewell, MKM 85

  • (Released 2003. Conductor Igor Agafonnikov. Tracks are: Following song (M. Glinka, N. Kukolnik), Soldier's song from the opera The Decembrists (Y. Shaporin), The Sun has Disappeared Behind the Mountain (M. Blanter, A. Kovalenko), Nightingales (V. Soloviev-Sedoi, A. Fatianov), Field (L. Knipper, V. Gusev), Along the Valleys and Mountains (Partisan song, arr. by A. Aleksandrov), Doncy-guys (Traditional song, arr. by B. Aleksandrov), Rock (Traditional song, arr. by B. Aleksandrov), The Cossack Was Riding over Dunai (Traditional song, arr. by V. Ogarkov), My Beloved One Lives (Traditional song, arr. by V. Ogarkov), Dark Eyes (Traditional song, arr. by V. Ogarkov), Twelve Robbers (Traditional song, words by N. Nekrasov, arr. by V. Ogarkov), The Bell is Ringing Monotonously (Traditional song, arr. by A. Sveshnikov), I Will Harness a Troika of Swift Steeds (Traditional song, words by N. Nekrasov, arr. by V. Ogarkov), Slavyanka Partying (V. Agapkin, V. Fedotov), Masculine Boldness Went on the Spree (From the opera "Boris Godunov" by M. Mussorgsky)[30]

Olympia: Wartime Choruses: Alexandrov Song and Dance Ensemble of the Soviet Army, ASIN: B000Y15TLU

  • (Release date unknown. Russian songs from World War II.)[31]

Silva Classics: The Best of the Red Army Choir, SILKD6034

  • (Compiled 2001/02. Conductors: V. Fedorov; B. Alexandrov; I. Agafonnikov; Y. Petrov; A. Maltsev; K. Vinogradov; E. Misailov; N. Mikhailov; E. Pitianko; V. Korobko; V. Samsonenko)[32]

Disk 1

  1. Kalinka (soloist: V. Shtefoutsa)
  2. Chant des Partisans
  3. Suliko
  4. Korobelniki (soloist: V. Shtefoutsa)
  5. On the Road
  6. My Country (soloist: L. Pehenitchni)
  7. The Red Army is the Strongest
  8. Moscow Nights (soloist: I. Bukreev)
  9. Along Peterskaya Street/Road (soloist: A. Sergeev)
  10. Smuglianka (soloists: S. Ivanov; P. Bogachev)
  11. Troika (soloist: B. Jaivoronok)
  12. Ah Nastasia (soloist: A. Sergeev)
  13. Echelon Song
  14. My Army
  15. Civil War Songs (The Red Cavalry (soloist: S. Frolov), Beyond the River, Hello on the Way)
  16. Bella Ciao (soloists: I. Bukreev; P. Slastnoi)

Disk 2

  1. National Anthem of the Soviet Union
  2. Polyushko Pole, (Oh Fields My Fields)
  3. The Cliff
  4. The Cossacks
  5. In the Central Steppes (soloist: E. Belyaev)
  6. Gandzia (soloist: B. Jaivoronok)
  7. Cossack Song
  8. The Roads (soloist: A. Martinov)
  9. Song of the Volga Boatmen (soloist: A. Eisen)
  10. Dark Eyes (soloist: V. Gavva) (trumpet soloist: A. Molostov)
  11. Let's Go (from the film Maxime Perepelitsa. The one in which the choir rocks as if marching.)
  12. The Birch Tree (soloist: K. Lisovski)
  13. The Road Song
  14. The Samovars (soloists: S. Ivanov; P. Bogachev)
  15. Varchavianka
  16. Slavery and Suffering

Silva Screen: Alexandrov Red Army Choir & Orchestra Live in Paris 0738572603823

Soldore: Les Choeurs de L'Armee Rouge, SOL620

Supraphon: Alexandrovci, The A.S.D.E. in Prague, SU5471-2 301

  • (Originally recorded 1946–1951 in Prague's Domovina studio, ready for the Ensemble's Czech tour 1952; except tracks 18/22 in unknown studio 1946. After the Czechoslovak coup d'état of 1948, the music of Russia was being brought into Czechoslovakia on a much larger scale than previously. This compilation released Jan 2003.)[34][35][36]
  1. Guard Song (music by A.V. Alexandrov) (duet K.G. Gerasimov; V.V. Puchkov) (1951)
  2. Long Live Our Land (music by B.A. Alexandrov) (duet G.I. Babaev; V.V. Puchkov) (1951)
  3. I Loved You (soloist V.P. Vinogradov) (1951)
  4. I Look Up in the Sky (soloist I.I. Savchuk) (1951)
  5. A Tiny Village I See (1951)
  6. Peace Shield (1951)
  7. The Oath (music by V. Alexandrov) (soloist Benjamin Bycheev) (1951)
  8. Mary: Romance (soloist V.N. Katerinsky) (1951)
  9. Winter Evening (soloist V.I. Nikitin) (1951)
  10. Stenka Razin arr. B.A. Alexandrov (soloist A.T. Sergeev) (1951)
  11. Far From the Town's Bustle (soloist V.P. Vinogradov) (1951)
  12. Rolling on to Prague (1951)
  13. Green Grass (soloist G.I. Babaev) (1951)
  14. Uncle Nitwit (soloist A.T. Sergeev) (1951)
  15. Song of the Mayor (from Rimsky-Korsakov's May Night) (soloist V.V. Puchkov) (1951)
  16. Song of the Volga Boatmen (1951)
  17. Sacred War or Svyaschennaya Voyna (music by A.V. Alexandrov) (1948)
  18. Resistance Fighters Song (arr. B.A. Alexandrov) (1946)
  19. Troika (soloist V.I. Nikitin) (1948)
  20. Song of Peace (music by Shostakovich) (1950)
  21. Song of my Country (music by Shostakovich) (soloist V.P. Vinogradov) (listed as 1952)[37]
  22. Polyushko Pole (1946).

Teldec Japan: Moscow Nights, Red Star Red Army Chorus WPCC-5349, Out of print

Teldec: Kalinka, Red Star Red Army Chorus, 090317730721

  • (Released Sept 1992. Artists are: Evgeny Belyaev, Evgeny Grekhov, Nikolai Nizienko, Sergei Dzhemelinsky, Valery Zazhigin, Vladimir Deshko. 67 mins. Tracks are: Regimental Polka, Kalinka, Symphony no 4 in D major, Op. 41 Poem of the Komsomol Fighter: Polyushko Pole, Song of the Volga Boatmen, The Sun Set Behind a Mountain, Swallow (Armenian Folksong), Pine Trees are Rustling, Kamarinskaya, Brave Don Cossacks, Wait For Your Soldier, Dark Eyes, Someone's Horse is Standing There, In the Sunny Meadow, The Cliff, Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the Bumblebee, Dark Eyebrows, Dubinushka, Song of the Volga, On the March.)[39]

Victor Entertainment: Russian Folk Songs, VICP-41059-60

Victor Entertainment: VICS-60006-10

  • (5-CD set of 80 Russian folk songs, in which the Alexandrov Ensemble under conductor B. Alexandrov features on the 2nd and 3rd CDs. Tracks by the Alexandrov Ensemble include: Ah Nastassia, Let's Go, Evening on the Roadstead, Troika, Nut Brown Girl, Rough Sea Spray (duet: E. Belyaev and A. Kusleev), Tanks, Men, Oh You Rye, Cantata Alexander Nevsky from My Homeland (by Alexandrov).)[41]

Unknown label: МК-МУЗЫКА MKM117

  • (Recorded 1956/63. Released 2002. In Russian. Conductor: B. Aleksandrov. Included are: Song of Youth, Annie Laurie, The Birch, Kalinka, Bandura, You Are Always Beautiful, Oh No John, Road to Peterskaya, Soldiers chorus from The Decembrists, Kamarinskaya. Soloists include E. Belyaev.)[42]

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Audio cassettes

Ariola: The Red Army Ensemble, Royal Albert Hall, 503 278

  • (Recorded London 24–26 March 1988; released 1988. 2-cassette set. A leaflet is included, with images showing that this is the same performance as in Prism VHS PLATV310. The VHS shows 32-36 in the choir, but the Ariola cassette leaflet lists 50 named choristers.)[43]

Fiesta: Song of Russia, ASIN: B00006AWIT, Out of print

  • (Released 1990.)[44]


Kultur: Soviet Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble

  • V1106 (now available as DVD B000ETRA2S - see above).
  • (dir: I. Jugashvili. Compilation of earlier recordings, filmed in Soviet Union, in Russian, 78mins. Conductor: Boris Alexandrov. Soloists include Evgeny Belyaev.)[45]

Prism Leisure Corporation: The Red Army Ensemble, Video Special, PLATV310

  • (Released 1990. Recorded London 1988. 60 mins. Dir. Rod Taylor. Principal conductor: Vladimir Gordeev. No information leaflet. Video shows choir of up to 36; orchestra and dance troupe are the usual size, though. When the tour reached

Singles and EPs

Singles (7inch, 45rpm)

Columbia: The Soviet Army Ensemble, SEL1605

Melodiya: The Alexandrov Song and Dance Ensemble of the Soviet Army, 45C-001211-2

  • (Recorded/released ca. 1960. Sleeve notes in |Russian, English and French. B. Alexandrov pictured on sleeve. Tracks are: Stenka Razin, Aye Twas on the Hill, The Oak and the Elm.)[49]

EPs (45rpm)

Columbia: The Red Army Ensemble, SEL1706

Radio DDR 1 (Gesellschaft für DSF): Auf gutem Weg Mit Guten Freunden,[51] 4 30 033 4 30 033

  • (Songs recorded
    • A1: Speech by Erich Mückenberger. Als Präsident Der Gesellschaft Für Deutsch-Sowjetische Freundschaft Überreiche Ich Ihnen In Anerkennung Ihrer Verdienste Um Unsere Herzenssache Diese Schallplatte.[53] Erich Mückenberger was chairman of the German-Soviet Friendship Society 1978-1989, and this is his introduction to the recordings.
    • A2: Im Schönsten Wiesengrunde[54] (soloist V. Nikitin).
    • B1: Ich Freue Mich, Ihnen Mein Lied Zu Singen[55] (soloist V. Nikitin): not a song, but a spoken introduction by Nikitin to his performance of Kalinka.
    • B2: Kalinka (soloist V. Nikitin).


Artia: The Red Army Marches in Hi-Fi

  • (ASIN: B001HKF32M. Release date unknown.)[56]

Columbia: The Soviet Army Ensemble Volumes 1 & 2, 33C 1049 and 1050

  • 10 inch LPs. Volume 1: 8 tracks. Side 1: Song of Youth, A Birch-tree in a field did stand (soloist I. Didenko), Far Away (soloist E. Belyaev), You are always beautiful (soloist E. Belyaev). Side 2: Kalinka (soloist E. Belyaev), Along Peter's Street (soloist A. Sergeyev), Bandura (soloists I. Savchuk and V. Fedorov), Soldier's Chorus (from The Decembrists, an opera by Y. Shaparin). Volume 2: 9 tracks. Side 1: Black Eyebrows (soloist I. Savchuk), Ukrainian Poem (soloist A. Sergeyev), Oh, no! John! (soloist A. Eizen), Over the Fields. Side 2: Volga Boat Song (soloist A. Eizen), Nut-brown Maiden (soloists N. Abramov and I. Savchuk), The Little Bells (soloist N. Abramov), Song of the Hammer (soloist A. Sergeyev), Tipperary (soloist K. Gerasimov).

Columbia: The Red Army Ensemble, SAX 2487 or 33CX 1844

Columbia: The Red Army Ensemble Vol 2, 33C1066

EMI Angel: The Red Army Ensemble Vol.2, S36143. Out of print

  • (ASIN: B001OOKHCM. Most tracks recorded live in London 1963. Much information on back of sleeve.[61] Release date unknown. Conductor: B. Aleksandrov. Included are: Moscow Thunder, Moonlight, Polyushko Pole, Kamarinskaya, Ukrainian Poem (1956), That Night, Annie Laurie, You Are Always Beautiful, Cossack dance, Kalinka. Soloists include E. Belyaev.)[62][63]

EMI Angel HMV: The Soviet Army Ensemble, SXLP30062

Melodiya: The Ensemble's 50th Anniversary set of 2 LPs, 33C60-11207-10. Out of print

Melodiya: 50th Anniversary set of 2 LPs, 33C20-08027-30, Out of print

Melodiya: 60th Anniversary 2-LP set, C60-08163-6, Out of print

Melodiya: The Alexandrov Song and Dance Ensemble C-01235-6, Out of print

Melodiya: Red Banner, the Soviet Army, Apeksans Androva

  • (In Polish. Release date unknown. ASIN: B001RH5N2K. Ten songs; five on each side.)[70]

Melodiya: The Alexandrov Ensemble, Stenka Razin and other famous Russian folk songs, OS 2140

  • (Release date unknown.)[71]

Melodiya: Alexandrov Song and Dance Ensemble of the Soviet Army, CM 02873-4

Saga: The Alexandrov Ensemble, EROS8066

  • (Soloists include Ivan Skobtsov, Baritone. Included are: I see a Village, Uncle Nimra, Little Onion.)[73]

Sounds Superb/Music For Pleasure: Cossack Patrol, SPR 90022

  • (12 tracks including: Cossack Patrol, The Cliff, Evening On The Roadstead, The Sun Has Set Behind The Hill, You Are Ever Lovely and John Reed Walks In Petrograd.)[74]

Sounds Superb/Music For Pleasure: The Red Army Choir Conducted by Alexandrov, MFP 2089

  • (Release date unknown)[75]

Supraphon: Alexandrov Song and Dance Ensemble, SUA-ST51182 or SUA 11182, Out of print

Vox: Red Army Ensemble

  • (Release date unknown. ASIN: B001BMHL26)[77]

Vox: Red Army Ensemble, STPL 515.090


ASCH-Stinson: From Border to Border and The Young Birch Tree, ASCH3011

  • (Release date unknown. Soloist is Pankov. 10-inch Stinson.)[80]

Melodiya: Soldier Always a Soldier, 0-30

  • (Release date unknown. A-side has Soldier Always a Soldier; B-side has unknown song. 10-inch. Conductor A.V. Alexandrov. Soloist E. Belyaev.)[81]

Le Chant du Monde: Choeurs de L'Armee Rouge: Bandoura, 614

Le Chant du Monde: Polyushko Pole and Les Partisans, 620

  • (Release date unknown. 10-inch. Conducted by Professeur Alexandrov.)[83]

Columbia: Song of the plains or Polyushko Pole Cornet solo: M.K.Lemechko, CL 6335. Disk C-10002

Unknown label: Famous Red Army Songs, 2-record set

  • (Release date unknown. Conductor A. Alexandrov. Tracks include: Polyushko Pole, The Young Birch Tree, My Moscow.)[84]

USSR, Aprelevsky Plant LPs: Cold Waves Lapping (Varyag), B-20753-4

  • (Released 1951. Soloist V.I. Nikitin. Conductor A. Alexandrov. One song split between A and B side.)[85]

USSR, Aprelevsky Plant LPs: Down by Mother Volga and Storm Revel, B- 9504-8

  • (Released 1939. Tracks: A: Down by Mother Volga (arr. A. Alexandrov; soloist V.I. Nikitin); B: Storm Revel (soloist Petrov).)[86]

USSR, Aprelevsky Plant LPs: You Will Come Up, Red Sun and Oh, Yes You, Kalinushka, B- 8995-9

  • (Released 1939. Tracks: A: You will come up, the Red Sun (soloist F. Kuznetsov); B: Oh, Yes You, Kalinushka (duet: AV Shilov, AV Nikitin). NB: F. Kuznetsov could be identical with I. Kuznetsov.)[87]

Other formats

Magnetic tapes

Unknown label: Soviet Army Chorus & Band

  • A Soviet Army Chorus & Band compilation of 1956 recordings was released in the 1960s, with a photo of soldiers on the box. It included Kalinka (soloist: E. Belyaev), You Are Always Beautiful, It's a Long Way to Tipperary and Polyushko Pole (My Fields or Meadowland).

EMI Angel: The Red Army Ensemble Vol.2, ZS-36143. Out of print

  • (Most tracks recorded live at the Abbey Road Studios, London in February and March 1963. Release date unknown. Conductor: B. Aleksandrov; choirmaster K. Vinogradov; orchestral conductor V. Alexandrov. Stereo tape 7.5ips; 4-track. Information on the back of the box tells that there were more than 80 in the choir, and that 1963 live performances were at the Royal Albert Hall and in provincial cities. Songs listed on the box are: The Courageous Don Cossacks (traditional), Lovely Moonlit Night (Ukrainian folk song; soloist E. Belyaev), Kamarinskaya (soloist B.S. Feoktistov), Ah Lovely Night (soloist N. Polozkov), You Are Always Beautiful (soloist E. Belyaev), Kalinka (soloist E. Belyaev), A Birch Tree in a Field Did Stand (Beryozonka) (soloist I. Didenko), Song of the Plains or Meadowland (Polyushko Pole), Ukrainian Poem (soloist A. Sergeev), Annie Laurie (soloist E. Belyaev), Zaparozhtsi Dance (Soldiers' Dance) (music B. Alexandrov).)[88][89]

See also


External links

  • How to date Melodiya records from serial numbers.
  • Wordpress: Alexandrov Ensemble blog
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