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:
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