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Moonlight And Balalaikas
ANDREYEV

Faun-Waltz
Solemn Polonaise
FOMIN

Symphonic Poem
GORODOVSKAYA

Russian Winter
Steppe All Around
arr.TSYGANKOV

Green Grass
KUZNETSOV

Semenovna
TSYGANKOV

Ditty
ANDREYEV

Variations od folk tune: The Moon is Shining
MOSOLOV, GAVRILOV

Fantasia on Folk Song: Evening Bells
arr. BRAILKO

Polyanka
arr. SHIRIKOV

Smolensk Gusachok
arr. SHALOV

Yesterday to me young maiden
Gnats are plenty in the woods
N.&D.OSIPOV

Fantasia on Fok Tune: Kamarinskaya
DITEL

Variations on Russian Folk Tune: Peddlers
KURGHENKO

Joky Overture
The Osipov Russian Folk Orchestra/Nikolai Kalinin
Recorded Moscow 1986-1989. Remastered for Regis by Paul Arden-Taylor
REGIS RRC 1130 [67:49]

Those who already know the work of the Osipov Russian Folk Orchestra won’t need reminding of the delights they offer. Nostalgia in spadefuls of course; nobody can touch the Russians for that commodity. But there is here also a totally unique and captivating sound-world. The evocative thrum of the balalaikas predominates, and is the orchestra’s most characteristic tone-colour. But you also have the domra (a smaller type of balalaika), the gusli, a kind of dulcimer, the bayan, a large accordion type of instrument, the zhaleika and kugikli, which are primitive woodwind instruments, and so on. This imparts a rich variety, as well as an earthy flavour, to the whole thing that makes it immensely enjoyable.

The playing is wonderfully accomplished and stylish, and there is some stunning solo work, much of it on the domra, presumably by Alexander Tzykankov, himself the composer of some of the works, and a distinguished Russian folk music performer. His Ditty belies its unassuming title, and is quite a complex, sophisticated piece of work. Conversely, Fomin’s Symphonic Poem, which sounds more pretentious, is in fact an extended but quite simple exploration of a very beautiful folk-like melody.

Many famous Russian songs make their appearance, perhaps most notably Kamarinskaya and Pedlars, both in fine arrangements, respectively by the Osipov brothers and Vladimir Ditel. For my money, though, the most irresistible number is Evening Bells, which builds up to a climax of sweeping grandeur.

OK, I know we are in the realms of higher kitsch here; but when it’s done as brilliantly as this, kitsch is great! Pour yourself a large vodka (ice and lemon too if you must), sit back, and ENJOY!

Gwyn Parry-Jones



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