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Ansambl Aleksandrova ; commonly known as the Red Army Choir  in Western Europe is an official army choir of the Russian armed forces. Founded during the Soviet erathe ensemble consists of a male choiran orchestraand a dance ensemble. The Ensemble has entertained audiences both in Russia and throughout the world, performing a range of music including folk tuneshymnsoperatic arias and popular music. It is named for its first director, Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov — Its formal name since has been A.
On 25 Decemberits artistic director, Valery Khalilovand 63 other members of the Ensemble were Cancer - Poster Children - Daisychain Reaction in the Russian Defence Ministry aircraft crash of a Tupolev Tu into the Black Sea just after takeoff from the southern resort city of SochiRussia.
In the ensemble was officially named the A. In the word "academic" was added to the title A. After the dissolution of the Soviet Unionthe ensemble received its present name in Born into a peasant family, Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov became the first artistic director of the ensemble, choirmaster, conductor, teacher and the public figure who wrote the music to the State Anthem of the Soviet Union.
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Inthe young peasant boy became a pupil of the Saint Petersburg Court Chapel. There are two recorded histories of the ensemble: possibly separate elements of the same history. The first says that the initiator of the ensemble was Felix Nikolaevich Danilovich, a theatre director.
Калинка - The Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble - Краснознаменный Имени A.В. Александрова Ансамбль Песни first director of the ensemble was chosen from three of Moscow's conductors: Danilin, Chesnokov and Alexandrov. Seen in isolation this would signify Калинка - The Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble - Краснознаменный Имени A.В. Александрова Ансамбль Песни A.
Alexandrov was not the creator of the ensemble. In this version the first troupe is named as follows. Dancers: Maximov, Svetlov. Bayanist: Surdin. The second version says that the ensemble was formed out of the Frunze Red Army Central House in There is also a story that Stalin then asked Alexandrov to relocate the choir to Moscow. Frunze Red Army Central House, shortly the " Red Army Choir ", twelve soldier-performers — a vocal octeta bayan player, 2 dancersand a reciter — officially performed for the first time on 12 October under the direction of their conductorAlexandr Alexandrov, a young music professor at the Moscow Conservatory.
Inthe ensemble visited the far eastern lands of the Soviet Union, entertaining the troops working on the Far Eastern Railway. With the goal of developing amateur art within the ranks of the army and to encourage soldiers' interest in good music, the ensemble grew to performers bycomprising three different forces of a male choir, an orchestra, and an ensemble of dancers.
Having traveled widely throughout the Soviet Union, from the Arctic north to the sands of Tajikistanthe choir Калинка - The Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble - Краснознаменный Имени A.В. Александрова Ансамбль Песни at the International Exposition dedicated to Art and Technology in Modern Life held in in Paris, France ; it won the Grand Prixthe highest honor bestowed by the jury.
During World War IIthe ensemble gave over performances at both Soviet fronts, entertaining troops about to go into battle, at gun emplacements, airfields, and in hospitals. Following the death of Alexander Alexandrov, the ensemble was taken over by his son, The Lane - Ice T* - VI: Return Of The Real Alexandrovich Alexandrov.
Under his leadership, the ensemble gained fame outside the Soviet Union, making extensive tours worldwide. Boris Alexandrov retired inand was succeeded by People's Artist of Russia Igor Agafonnikov the same year,  with Anatoly Maltsev as the ensemble chief.
He retired as the principal conductor in ; he died that year and was buried in Moscow at the Novodevichy Cemetery. Under B. Alexandrov, the ensemble was highly disciplined. Boris's party trick was to leave the stage and allow the ensemble to perform "En Route" alone.
Members were positioned so that they could not all watch one orchestral leader, and this appeared to be a trick, but there was no trick at all. Leonid Kharitonov remembers:. The Ensemble members were so disciplined and experienced that they could feel the rhythm simultaneously and could sing and play together automatically, without the conductor… In Canada during one concert Alexandrov left the Ensemble to perform alone for half an hour.
Major Vladimir Alexandrov —brother of Boris Alexandrov, also composed for the ensemble. This was before the Berlin Wall was built, and it was still possible to travel between zones.
An American officer suggested a concert in the Gendarmenmarkt in the Soviet zone at the timeand the French zone commander supported the suggestion. A temporary stage was set up in the square, with flowers all along the front. Intowards the end of his life, Boris Alexandrov said:. It is dominant in the history of the ensemble.
It was necessary to make a new creative leap — from wartime military music Калинка - The Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble - Краснознаменный Имени A.В. Александрова Ансамбль Песни postwar relaxing harmony. It was important, and the transition had to be managed on many fronts, including getting the Ensemble back into its original pre-war role, performing the classics and singing folk songs. Before the war the Ensemble had professional singers; following the war it was down to A previous tour to East Germany had been cancelled due to the sudden death of Alexander Alexandrov in in Potsdamwhen in his bed was found an annotated copy of Beethoven 's Symphony No.
Калинка - The Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble - Краснознаменный Имени A.В. Александрова Ансамбль Песни had been preparing the final chorus for a performance. Now Boris, his son, was ready to follow his father's plan. The peace concert was to consist of German opera extracts and Russian folk songs NightingalesZemlyanka and Roads ; and after an intervention by the tenor Victor Nikitinsome German folk songs were also included.
The concert was very successful, and very moving. This is listed on the Alexandrov Ensemble discography page. However the Berlin Peace Concert did not happen in isolation.
It was part of a series of punishing yearly tours to war-torn areas. The main tour season during and just after World War II appears to have run from June to October — perhaps because the large troupe usually had to perform outdoors, to accommodate large audiences.
They performed an anti-war song, Bring the Boys Back Home. Inthe ensemble became an item of pop culture by performing with the Finnish band Leningrad Cowboys in HelsinkiFinland where they performed on the Senate Square in No Place To Die - Pascal Charpentier - Attentive of 70, listeners, and in Berlin. In the German capital, the concert of the Leningrad Cowboys with the ensemble took place on the central Lustgarten and gave the former Red Army's farewell to Berlin and the whole Germany an optimistic overtone.
Today, the ensemble is led by Honoured Artist of Russia Vyacheslav Korobkowho has been leading it since Over the years, the ensemble has collaborated with many popular artists and producers including David FosterJean-Jacques Goldman and Steve Barakatt. Untilthe standard uniform for the ensemble choir, soloists and orchestra was the tunic and riding breeches.
On 1 Januarythis was changed to dress uniform,  [ specify ] and there have been further variations to the dress uniform as used by the ensemble since After 5 weeks, the choir was reformed anew in time for Defender of the Fatherland Day celebrations on 18 February Most of the new members joined through auditions held on 15 and 27 January by the Ministry of Defense of Russia. Current members of the choir are listed here. In some of the pieces they perform, these sections are divided into as many as eight different vocal lines.
From the early s until at least a typical full division which varied from song to song was as follows: 1 countertenors ; 2 first tenors ; 3 second tenors; 4 baritones ; 5 first bass ; 6 second bass; 7 basso profundos. The orchestra, in what became a typical composition for later generations of military ensembles in the Soviet Union, has a mixed composition of Russian traditional instruments and western instruments, including the balalaikathe domrathe bayanthe double basswoodwindsbrassand percussion instruments.
In the West his most famous recording is Kamarinskaya Molostov is the trumpet soloist in Dark Eyes in vintage recordings. Current members of the ballet are listed here. Some of these are performed by mixed dancers, while others, such as Cossack's Cavalry Danceare performed by male dancers only.
The ballet is under the direction of Lev Nikolaevich Kulikov National Artist of Russiathe main ballet master, and maintains the heights of choreographic art with honour.
The priority in its repertoire is taken by the military compositions: Matroskaya barynyaKazachiya cavalry plyaskaFestive marchInvitation to dance and others. The ballet performs a lot of Russian folk dances. The classical repertoire contains Poloveckie plyasky from the opera Prince Igor written by Alexander Borodin.
This is from our dance classics, but we always update the dance repertoire. The artistic director was Valery Khalilov but he, and 63 other members of the Ensemble, were killed in an aircraft crash on 25 December The chief choreographer Калинка - The Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble - Краснознаменный Имени A.В. Александрова Ансамбль Песни People's Artist of Russia L.
Ermolin; head dresser is Honoured Worker of Culture A. In the choir are YA Lysenko, Y. Chekin, MD Mochalina. In the orchestra are AA Mogulkin, Y. Inthe 80th anniversary of the ensemble, director Leonid Malev said:. Of course everything depends on the repertoire which is quite large — more than two thousand works.
Depending on the concert we choose a special repertoire. We have a rule that we try not to break. In any country we sing 2—3 songs in the native language of the people who live there. As a rule it helps to find a rapport with, and the appreciation of, the audience. And for us it is some kind of musical gift, to honour the host country and its people.
For instance in Canada when we sang the National Anthem of Russia people stood up to show respect to our country, and when we finished we sang their country's anthem Oh, Canada! A million people in our country and abroad like songs like KalinkaKatyushaSmuglyanka and the other songs of the military years as well as The Day of the VictoryDark Калинка - The Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble - Краснознаменный Имени A.В.
Александрова Ансамбль Песни Vecherny zvon and Podmoskovnye vechera. All these songs are known because of the Alexandrov folk song and dance company and people want to hear these songs at every concert. They are not just part of our history; they are great masterpieces. It is interesting that Svyaschennaya Voynawritten by Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov inhelped Soviet soldiers to protect their Motherland and is still popular in SlovakiaPoland and Bulgaria.
Those audiences listen to it standing up and it touches their hearts and souls. For our concerts we search for new musical works because you can't live only in the past. But our repertoire contains not only songs of the Good Vibrations - Various - Mega Dance Vol.
1 years and folk songs, arias from operas, songs Perpetuous Dreamer - The Sound Of Goodbye (Remixes) the world and spiritual music but also new songs such as Iliya Reznik's To Serve Russiaand those written by Eduard Hanka, Kim Breytburg, Sergey Sashin and other modern composers and poets.
Director Leonid Ivanovich Malev, 1 December .
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