“The Best of the Red Army Choir: The Definitive Collection” is a compilation album (2 CDs, 32 tracks, FGL Productions/Silva America) of the recordings by the Alexandrov Ensemble (the Red Army Choir), the choir and ensemble of Russian armed forces (the former Red Army and Soviet Union, later Russian Federation), formed by Alexander Alexandrov in 1928.
The ensemble consists of male soloists/chior and an orchestra with Russian folk instruments, such as balalaika (stringed instrument) and bayan (accordion).
It includes Russian popular/folk songs such as “Kalinka”, “Korobelniki”, “Song of the Volga Boatmen” and “Dark Eyes”, civil war songs such as “Partisan’s Song” and “The Red Army is the Strongest”, revolutionary songs such as “Varchavianka” and “Slavery And Suffering”, “National Anthem of the USSR” composed by Alexander Alexandrov, “Cossack’s Song” (excerpt of the opera “The Virgin Earth”), “Let’s Go” (from the film “Maxime Perepelitsa”), and others.
Conducted by Boris Alexandrov and others. Selected from the 4-CD set released on FGL Productions, France in 2001.