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Moon Over Moscow: Exciting and Soulful Instrumentals of Russian Popular Hits

Moon Over Moscow: Exciting and Soulful Instrumentals of Russian Popular Hits

American conductor-arranger Charles E. Shirley leads an ensemble of eight musicians in the playing of instrumental versions of 12 Russian popular songs (shansons). Among the more recognizable melodies featured in this album are “Midnight in Moscow” (also known as “Moscow Nights”) and Lev Knipper’s “Meadowland”’ (better known to Russians as “Polyushko-Polye”), a song about peasants leaving their homes in the collective farms to join the Red Army. Liner notes include brief information on the songs and performers with a list of Monitor releases that feature vocal versions of the songs on this album.

Track Listing

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Night Trolley Charles Shirley Ensemble 3:02
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102
Meadowland Charles Shirley Ensemble 2:41
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Song of a Friend Charles Shirley Ensemble 2:10
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Far Away Charles Shirley Ensemble 2:35
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Midnight in Moscow (Moscow Nights) Charles Shirley Ensemble 2:41
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Hi-Li-Li Charles Shirley Ensemble 2:55
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The Light Charles Shirley Ensemble 2:15
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Dark Night Charles Shirley Ensemble 2:39
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The Volga Flows Charles Shirley Ensemble 3:13
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Roads Charles Shirley Ensemble 2:33
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Let There Always Be Sunshine Charles Shirley Ensemble 2:36
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Lonely Accordion Charles Shirley Ensemble 2:25
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