Balalaika Favorites

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Album Name Length Format Sample Rate Price
Balalaika Favorites 49:30 $17.98
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# Track Title Length Format Sample Rate Price
1 Fantasy on Two Folk Songs 7:06 88/24 Album only
2 At Sunrise 4:26 88/24 Album only
3 The Linden Tree 4:20 88/24 Album only
4 Kamarinskaya 2:44 88/24 Album only
5 Fantasy on Volga Melodies 4:47 88/24 Album only
6 In the Moonlight 3:07 88/24 Album only
7 Midnight in Moscow 2:30 88/24 Album only
8 Under the Apple Tree 2:13 88/24 Album only
9 The Snow Maiden: Dance of the Comedians 4:32 88/24 Album only
10 The Living Room 1:27 88/24 Album only
11 Evening Bells 4:18 88/24 Album only
12 My Dear Old Friend, Please Visit Me 2:26 88/24 Album only
13 Waltz of the Faun 4:21 88/24 Album only
14 The Tale of Tsar Saltan: The Flight of the Bumble-Bee 1:13 88/24 Album only

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Rudolf Belov, domra soloist
Osipov State Russian Folk orchestra
Vtaly Gnutov, conductor

Recorded June 13 and 16, 1962 in the Tchaikovsky Concervatory, Moscow Russia

Recording Director: Wilma Cozart
Musical Supervisor: Harold Lawrence
Chief Engineer & Technical Supervisor: C. Robert Fine
Associate Engineer: Robert Eberenz
DSD Transfer: Andrew Wedman
3-to-2 Mix: Mark Bucker assisted by Andreas Bruning

Original recordings made with three Schoeps M201 omni-directional microphones. Recorded on Westrex 3-track 35mm magnetic film recorders. First-generation tapes were transferred to produce this high-definition download.

This historic Mercury Living Presence album is the first-ever recording of traditional Russian musicians made in the Soviet Union by non-Soviet technicians. Esteemed conductor Vitaly Gnutov leads the Ospiov State Russian Folk Orchestra through a program that features Russian folk instrument, the balalaika. An astounding presentation of virtuosity and musicianship, the performances are exciting and vivid.

Here is CBS News footage of the Mercury Living Presence team's historic recording trip to Moscow in 1962:

One of Audiophile Audition's Best Discs of the Year (2005)