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Play Balalaika Play: Monitor Presents the Polyanka Russian Gypsy Orchestra

Play Balalaika Play: Monitor Presents the Polyanka Russian Gypsy Orchestra

The balalaika, a fretted string instrument whose standard form is triangular, has been known and played since the 17th century. Itinerant minstrels or skomorokhi used it to accompany their songs ridiculing local politics and the Russian Orthodox Church; it later became the ubiquitous folk instrument of Russia. The modern balalaika orchestra was introduced by Vasily Andreev in the early 20th century and continued into the height of the popularity of Russian folkloric (“narodniy”) music during the Soviet era. Similar ensembles have been created in the U.S. by the Russian diaspora. Balalaikas of all sizes are accompanied by accordion in this mostly instrumental remastered collection with some vocal accompaniment, originally recorded in 1978. Liner notes include a list of songs and a synopsis in English of the three vocal tracks.

Track Listing

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Blue Kerchief (Sinii Platochek) / Gypsy Dance (Tsiganskii Tanets) - (medley) Polyanka Russian Gypsy Orchestra 2:46
102
Kostya the Sailor (Kostya Moryak) Polyanka Russian Gypsy Orchestra 2:52
103
Hobo (Brodyaga) / She Said Nothing (Nichevo Ne Govorila) (medley) Polyanka Russian Gypsy Orchestra 3:31
104
Serenade (Serenada) / In the Meadow (Na Polyanke) (medley) Polyanka Russian Gypsy Orchestra 3:45
105
Silence (Tishina) Polyanka Russian Gypsy Orchestra 2:38
106
Little Meadow (Polyanka) Polyanka Russian Gypsy Orchestra 3:28
107
Ukrainian Dance (Kazachok) Polyanka Russian Gypsy Orchestra 2:30
108
Gossip (Spletni) Polyanka Russian Gypsy Orchestra 2:52
109
Ukainian Medley (Ukrainskoye Popurri) Polyanka Russian Gypsy Orchestra 5:19
110
Forget-Me-Not (Nezabudka) Polyanka Russian Gypsy Orchestra 3:24
111
Moldavian Dance (Moldavanskii Tanets) Polyanka Russian Gypsy Orchestra 1:55
112
Blue Grass (Travushka) / Should I Go? (Poidu Li, Vyidu Li Ya) (medley) Polyanka Russian Gypsy Orchestra 4:05

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