All members of the balalaika orchestra are highly trained in former USSR, Russia, Ukraine and United States professional musicians with conservatory background. Russian music ensemble "Barynya" showcase at the booking conference on September 29, in Baltimore, Maryland.
Approximately people attended this event which was a fabulous success thanks in large part to Mikhail Smirnov and his "Barynya Russian Balalaika Orchestra". They were fabulous and kept the attendees singing and dancing until AM. We hope to have them back for many, many years. These musicians are extremely talented. After the revolution, along with proletarian "mass music" music for the proletarian masses it received significant support from the state.
In Post World War II Russia, proletarian mass music however lost its appeal, whereas folkloric music continued to have a widespread support among the population, inside and outside of the Soviet Union. However the authentic nature of folk music was severely distorted by the drive to 'professionalise' performers, regardless of the genre they worked in: thus all folk singers were obliged to both learn Western-style classical notation, and to learn to perform classical repertoire — or else risk losing their right to perform as 'professionals'.
In the s, folk music in Russia continued to receive significant state support and was often seen as the antithesis of Western pop music. The fact that numerous Soviet folkloric ensembles were invited for foreign tours raised the prestige of the folk performer to that of academic musicians, and in some cases even higher because access to the West and Western goods was very desirable.
Ethnic folk music in Russia can often be categorized according to the amount of authenticity in the performance: truly authentic folk music reproductive performances of traditional music , folkloric and "fakeloric" performance.
Russia is a multi-ethnic country with some different ethnic groups, many of them non-Slavic, living within its borders. This article deals specifically with just Russian ethnic music. This music is closely tied in with village life and traditions. It was usually not performed by professional musicians. From the Central Committee's resolution of ,  which prescribed musical literacy in parallel to the drive to industrialise the Soviet Union , there has been a marked decline in authentic folk performance practice.
Festivals, competitions and the work of ethnomusicologists have made attempts at preserving what has survived. In recent times there has been a movement by musicologists to study and reproduce authentic folk music in an authentic performance style on the concert stage. Maja Galobuschka. Wetscherni Swon. Wenn Kosacken Tanzen Mischa Taschenkow. Bandura Traditional. Mein Geheimis Traditional.
Krassnyi Sarafan Traditional. Classical Instrumental Music. Rock, Punk, Hard Rock. Blues, Blues-Rock. Latin, French, Italian. You are not an iTunes' user? Play this album on Spotify or Qobuz. This album is now on repressing. Pre-order it at a special price now. The sound of the music is likewise far different from any other Western music — imagine folks songs long on melody and rhythm and short on harmony and form — but still charming, delightful, and, in its own way, unutterably appealing.
Part of the appeal might have been its incredibly realistic sound: recorded on 35 mm film on three channels, the LP quickly became a favorite of stereophiles everywhere. While not for everyone, anyone who loves the exotic, the unusual, and the extraordinarily well-recorded will appreciate this disc. Tracks: 1.OSIPOV STATE RUSSIAN ORCHESTRA - "Balalaika Favorites "For what it is, it doesn't get any better than this. What it is, of course, is a collection of Russian folk music played with astonishing artistry by the Ossipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, an ensemble made up of dormas, gooslis, Vladimir Shepherd's Horns, and, naturally, balalaikas.