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Song Of The Volga Boatmen / Smirnov, Slavyanka


Release Date: 10/10/2000 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 93212   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalAnonymousAlexander V. AlexandrovGyorgy Sviridov,   ... 
Performer:  Andy AndersonBob RaberBill InwoodJohn Cotrufo,   ... 
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

'Slavyanka' is a San Francisco-based, a cappella male chorus whose members are mostly non-Russian speakers. Apparently there is an authentic Russian heritage in San Francisco, as the group takes its name from the name given by early 19th-century Russian colonists to the river near their settlement, just north of the San Francisco Bay area. Slavayanka and their director, Gregory Smirnov, have selected a program of late 18th-20th century folksongs for this recording.
Slavyanka brings gusto and energy to their interpretations of these songs, some of which might be familiar to most listeners. The famous "Song of the Volga Boatmen" receives a darkly beautiful performance that is rich with atmosphere and highlighted by a solo from bass Bob
Read more Raber. The group is also solid in less familiar songs, notably "Birch Switches," a tune that is driven by animated rhythms and tricky counterpoint. Best of all is "Come Savior, Today," a hymn that mixes Byzantine chant and multi-tone singing to the accompaniment of a Tibetan bell--it's haunting music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Live Long by Traditional
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 0 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
2.
The Battle of Borodino by Anonymous
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
3.
Hey, Soldiers by Traditional
Performer:  Andy Anderson (Voice), Bob Raber (Voice), Bill Inwood (Voice),
John Cotrufo (Voice)
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
4.
Meadowland by Alexander V. Alexandrov
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Written: USSR 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
5.
Song of the Volga boatmen by Traditional
Performer:  Bob Raber (Voice)
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
6.
In the dark woods by Traditional
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
7.
Evening Bells by Traditional
Performer:  Aljosa Ravnik (Voice)
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
8.
Coachbells by Traditional
Performer:  John Cotrufo (Voice)
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
9.
Arise, fair sun by Traditional
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
10.
At father's gate by Traditional
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
11.
O, my freedom by Traditional
Performer:  John Cotrufo (Voice), Aljosa Ravnik (Voice)
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
12.
Along the river by Traditional
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
13.
Twelve Bandits by Traditional
Performer:  Andy Anderson (Voice), Jim Riddell (Voice), Jeff Abbot (Voice),
Bob Raber (Voice)
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
14.
Choral Pieces (3) on "Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich": Holy Love by Gyorgy Sviridov
Performer:  John Cotrufo (Voice)
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USSR 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
15.
Lullaby by Traditional
Performer:  John Cotrufo (Voice)
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
16.
Thou Art a Vineyard by Traditional
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Written: Georgian Republic 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
17.
Kviria by Traditional
Performer:  Jeff Abbot (Voice)
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Written: Georgian Republic 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
18.
Ne sedi, Djemo by Traditional
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
19.
Birch Switches by Traditional
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
20.
Come Savior, Today by Traditional
Performer:  Jay Kuhlman (Bells), Jeff Abbot (Voice), Andy Anderson (Voice),
Donn Davy (Voice), John Cotrufo (Voice)
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
21.
Many Years by Traditional
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
22.
Soft Ukrainian night by Rodion Shchedrin
Performer:  Michael Peterson (Voice), Aljosa Ravnik (Voice)
Conductor:  Georgy Smirnov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavyanka Men's Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Stewart Chapel, San Anselmo, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Russian 

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