Balalaika Favorites

Balalaika Favorites

Works by Andreyev, Budashkin, Gorodovskaia, Mulikov, Kikhailov-Shalayev, Mossolov, Osipov, Poponov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shishakov, Tchaikovsky

Vitaly Gnutov, The Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra (1962)

Mercury "Living Presence" SR 90310

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

  • Contents & Details

    "Balalaika Favorites": Works by Andreyev, Budashkin, Gorodovskaya, Kulikov, Mikhailov-Shalayev, Mossolov, Osipov, Poponov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shishakov, Soloviev-Sedoy, Tchaikovsky.

    The balalaika is not a difficult instrument to describe: it has a triangular body, three strings and a fretted neck. It is far more difficult to describe the inherent values of this national instrument, of which there is a whole family with sizes ranging from the piccolo and alto to the bass and double bass. Accordingly a wide variety of timbral colouring can be achieved, which, together with a broad repertoire, is exploited to the full by a traditional ensemble such as the Osipov Orchestra.

    With their performances of arrangements of well-known, romantic Russian pieces, popular adaptations and waltzes, this professional orchestra gives us an insight into the spirited and highly entertaining world of a living musical culture. No different from a classical orchestra, the arrangements are rich in soloistic interludes. Alongside the domra, an instrument with three or four strings, we hear a xylophone, ancient wind instruments and the sonorous, rippling bajan (button accordion). This recording goes back to the roots of Russian music and rightly occupies an important position in our Russian Edition.

    Recorded inJune 1962 at the Bolshoi Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow, by C.R. Fine and Robert Eberenz.

    This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under


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