Alexandrov Ensemble: Folk Songs from the Military Years
Being the most prestigious vocal group in Russia, the Red Army Choir was renamed in 1978 after Boris Alexandrov, the troupe's director from 1946 until 1986. A large group featuring a male choir, mixed dance group, and orchestra, the Red Army Choir attracted international attention when it took first place at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1937. Much of the group's repertoire, including such tunes as "We Are the Red Cavalry" and "Song of the Volga Boatmen," has passed into Russian folklore. In a review of the choir's self-titled 1994 album, recorded under the direction of conductor Victor Federov and released on the Naxos label, American Record Guide wrote "Naxos' sound is rich, full, vibrant, and spacious -- just like the choir itself."
During its 2014 to China, Alexandrov Ensemble has prepared various Songs from the Military years as well as a couple of Chinese folk songs and opera excerpts that match to the same encouraging theme. It is going to present, in the Guangzhou Opera House, a Stage of full Choir and music ensemble accompanying dances and song performances.