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Russian Cabaret: The Balalaika of Sasha Polinoff

Russian Cabaret: The Balalaika of Sasha Polinoff

The balalaika is the Russian stringed instrument characterized by its triangle-shaped body and three strings. It ranges from the piccolo to the contrabass in size and tone. In this recording, Sasha Polinoff plays the prima balalaika on 13 instrumental Romani songs. He is supported by an ensemble of balalaika, domra (a three-stringed Russian lute), and accordion. The music ranges from the spirited “My Heart” (Serdtse) and rousing “Karapet” (Russian Two-Step) to the soulful “Love Has Passed” (Luybov Proshla) and “Snow Flurries” (Metelitsa).

Track Listing

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Karapet Sasha Polinoff 1:46
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102
Love Has Passed (Lyubov Proshla) Sasha Polinoff 2:21
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103
Farewell Gypsy Camp (Proschai Moy Tabor) Sasha Polinoff 1:35
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104
Allah Verde / Shamil's Prayer and Lezginka (medley) Sasha Polinoff 5:30
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105
Kazbek / Stenka Razin Sasha Polinoff 2:15
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106
In the Forest at the Front (V Lyesu Prifrontovom) Sasha Polinoff 3:20
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201
Dark Night (Nochka Tyemnaya) Sasha Polinoff 1:59
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202
Snow Flurries (Metelitsa) Sasha Polinoff 1:11
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203
Where is the Street (Gde eta ulitsa, gde elot dom) Sasha Polinoff 1:10
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204
Red Bricks / Days of Our Love (Dni Nashey Zhizni) Sasha Polinoff 4:18
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205
Street Lights (Fonariki) / Let there always be sunshine (Pust Vsegda Budyet Solntse) - (medley) Sasha Polinoff 2:59
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206
My Heart (Serdtse) Sasha Polinoff 3:07
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207
Oh, Those Dark Eyes (Akh, Eti Chorniye Glaza) Sasha Polinoff 1:50
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