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The Red Army Choir Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Silva Screen
  • ASIN: B000066RMJ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,929 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Kalinka 4:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Partisan's Song 2:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Souliko 4:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Korobelniki 4:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. On The Road (A Soldier's Song) 3:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. My Country 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Red Army Is The Strongest 2:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Moscow Nights 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Along Peterskaia Street 2:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Smuglianka 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Troika Gallop 2:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Ah Nastassia 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Echelon's Song 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. My Army 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Civil War Songs 5:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Bella Ciao 2:400.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. National Anthem Of The USSR 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Oh Fields, My Fields 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Cliff 6:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Cossacks 2:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. In The Central Steppes 5:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Gandzia 2:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Cossack's Song 1:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Roads 5:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Song Of The Volga Boatman 3:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Dark Eyes 4:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Let's Go 3:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Birch Tree 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Road Song 1:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Samovars 2:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Varchavianka 3:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Slavery And Suffering 4:170.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Re-mastered from the original session tapes the recordings for this album were all made in Moscow over a number of years. Formed in 1928 the 140 voice choir achieved world wide success for their vocal quality and dynamic performances. This CD presents the most complete and definitive collection of military and revolutionary songs by this most versatile of choirs. The 2CD set inlcudes: KALINKA MY COUNTRY MOSCOW NIGHT THE COSSACKS SONG OF THE VOLGA BOATMAN DARK EYES USSR NATIONAL ANTHEM

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional 12 May 2004
By Philip
Format:Audio CD
A double CD of magnificant songs, full of poignant grandeur and stirring melodies. Has there ever been a more magnificent national anthem than that of the Soviet Union, recorded here in all its splendour? This is a record of a lost era and a lost ideology, and somehow it rises above the tragic reality of the Soviet Union. Evoking the glories of Red Sqaure on a frozen winter's day, it sends a shiver down your spine. Abandon your 21st century cynicism: this is a stupendous achievement in choral musicianship. Top marks and long may the Choir continue to sing.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Red majestic Army Choir ! 22 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is the RED ARMY CHOIR, founded in 1929. For two generations, the Red Army was the most powerful army ever seen. Therefore, it is with a certain credability the choir sing "The Red Army is the strongest", or the grandiose "National Anthem of the USSR" as well as old soldier's or partisan's songs. One have not to understand russian to catch the feeling, and some of the lyrics can be found translated into english.
This is an exceptional choir. Incomparable, I'd say. Would give them 5+ anytime for performance. Recordings was made in Moscow over a number of years. All are with the entiere choir, unlike some other recordings that used a reduced troupe.

The downside:
Technical quality of some tracks doesn't make the choir full justice. Some tracks are in mono [well, mono can be excellent too] and some has been restored. And yes, some tracks suffer from distorsion, noise -or a less perfect mix.
When listening, I am sometimes transformed to an old black and white propaganda film from the war, sometimes to an auditorium where people cough and move, then to a studio-like set-up where a wonderful male voice appear in full strength out of the black silence. This is very confusing, and I can't help thinking of it -every time!
I'll re-arrange the tracks and put them on a CD-R. Then I will enjoy to the fullest!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sing to the motherland!! 19 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
Since I heard a midi version of the Soviet National Anthem back in 2000 I've been hooked on this kind of martial Russian style music. I recently bought this CD and it is awesome.
The main song for me really is the National Anthem. No anthem, hell, NO SONG comes close to beating this opus for granduer, glory, pomp and meaning. The feeling it instills upon the listener is endearing and great. "The Cliff" is my second favourite. It alike the national anthem is wonderfully crafted and performed and too is inspirational.
The rest of the album is awesome and to a similiar ultra-high quality of performance by the ensemble and of the writing of the music itself. The CD insert says that some of the tracks were originally recorded in Mono or may be lacking in quality, but after listening to it with high quality (Gigaworks S750) speakers at quite a high volume I couldn't notice any bad patches.
And for all the people saying "I don't understand the lyrics" : you don't have to. If the Red Army Choir did one thing excellently it was getting across the message through music and performance: "The Red Army is the Strongest."
If you liked the soundtrack to "The Hunt For Red October," or martial choral music such as Laibach then I recommend this CD. Or vice versa.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slava! 12 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This 2-CD compilation contains a number of the best-known old Russian (e.g. Along the Piterskaya; Kalinka) and Soviet (e.g. On the March; Roads) songs often performed by the ensemble (now, in the chaotic conditions of the present Russia, sadly underfunded).
Another and different compilation containing such songs as Cranes, Katyusha, or perhaps the brooding Oh, The Rye! would be more than welcome. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for one track alone 23 Sep 2011
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The Soviet Union may now be long gone but its national anthem is probably still up there as the best. It's a rousing call to international communism that may yet have its day as the West and capitalism slide deeper and deeper into the grip of the bourgeoisie banksters. The Red Army Choir's version of 'The National Anthem of the USSR' is probably the best recording of it around. If a thousand grizzly bears could get together in a choir then this is what this national anthem would sound like (there are other 'rock' versions of it around if that's your thing).

Personally speaking, and regardless of any political persuasions, no other track on this double album comes near the sonic tour de force that is the USSR National Anthem, but this double CD set does include a vast repertoire of old Russian and Ukranian tunes (there's even an Italian partisan's song). A few of these would probably be mildly familiar to the layman. Many are operatic sounding in nature and many capture the essence of an old rural Russia.

Growing up in the 1980s, we used to fear the mighty Red Army and their tanks that could apparently reach the English Channel in 2 days if they so inclined, so it's a tad strange to be listening to their main martial band - a collective that was internationally acclaimed and trusted enough to leave the USSR often on tours.

The sleeve notes explain that this collection was put together from various Muscovite studio reels reels so wasn't recorded at the same time - hence the variance in the quality of some of the recordings. Regardless, this 2001 opera/classical/folk set has a running time of 116 minutes and is something very different for your CD collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 12 days ago by A. P. Buckland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent. Good selection plus linked to MP3/I pad.
Published 29 days ago by Gerry Swift
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent version of Red Army choir national songs.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. P. Baldwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but I was hoping it had the original ...
Very good, but I was hoping it had the original Russian song on it that has the same tune as The Seekers' "The Carnival Is Over". Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alexander K Manning
5.0 out of 5 stars makes you want to don a furry hat
I would recommend this for lovers of rousing and/or choral music. The rendition of the Soviet National Anthem is very good.
Published 13 months ago by Peter Ruffell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Great lovely folk type music , a lesson to us faced by the modern trash spewed out of our radios! The only downside is I think the production volumes varied and having bought other... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Gregory Gulian
5.0 out of 5 stars Male Vocals at Their Best
Being Welsh, I have grown up around a strong heritage of male voice choirs, so it was only natural that at some point I would come across the Red Army choir! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Brawnybalboa
5.0 out of 5 stars red army choir
Magnificent! all the classic Russian male choral songs. Only their famous rendition of Tipperary is missing, but I don't think that's very Russian!
Published 16 months ago by IC Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Very successful
I bought this as a Christmas present and it was very greatly received. There are many tracks on it that I didn't realise the person I got it for knew and liked.
Published 19 months ago by Jack Holligan
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate deep music.
Great passionate music with balls, bought for my mum but i really like the depth of passion in the music. Tops.
Published 19 months ago by William A Kelly
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