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At its finest Mercury could produce state-of-the-art recordings, and here it pulled out all the stops. The balance is middle-distance, and other than for the accordion there is no spotlighting, and the balalaikas produce a glowing bed of rustling, vibrant sound. Clarity and definition are exemplary, which means the percussion is crisp and you can hear that the domra is being played with a plectrum. No register dominates, the treble is sweet, the bass extended; the whole sound-picture has real vibrancy and presence.
Works by Andreyev, Budashkin, Gorodovskaya, Kulikov, Mikhailov-Shalayev, Mossolov, Osipov, Poponov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shishakov, Soloviev-Sedoy, Tchaikovsky
The Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra conducted by Vitaly Gnutov
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.
Recording: June 1962 in Bolshoi Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow, Russia,
by C.R. Fine and Robert Eberenz / Production: Wilma Cozart
The Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra
Vitaly Gnutov, conductor
Rudolf Belov, domra soloist
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
1. Dance of the Comedians
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
2. Flight of the Bumble-Bee
Nikolai Budashkin (1910-1988)
3. Fantasy on Two Folk Songs
Vera Gorodovskaya (1919-1999)
4. At Sunrise
Pavel Kulikov (1910-1981)
5. The Linden Tree
Nikolai Osipov (1901-1945)
Vasily Andreyev (1861-1918)
7. In the Moonlight
8. Fantasy on Volga Melodies
Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi (1907-1979)
9. Midnight in Moscow
10. Waltz of the Faun
11. The Living Room
Alexander Mossolov (1900-1973)
12. Evening Bells
13. My Dear Old Friend, Please Visit Me
14. Under the Apple Tree