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Virtuosi of the Accordion, Balalaika and Domra (CD edition)

Various Artists
Virtuosi of the Accordion, Balalaika and Domra (CD edition)

Virtuosi of the Accordion, Balalaika, and Domra, released in 1995, features concertos, suites, and variations performed by several traditional Russian folk orchestras. Ukrainian–born accordionist (or bayan player) Nikolai Chaikin (1915—2000) and Russian balalaika master Yuri Shishakov (b. 1925), both former faculty members at the Gnessin Pedagogical Institute in Moscow, are prominently featured on songs evocative of Russian folk dances and the Volga River. The balalaika, a three–stringed instrument, is featured on the first five tracks. Tracks 6—10 feature the accordion, and track 11 features the domra, also a three–stringed instrument. Brief historical descriptions and details on how these instruments are played are included in the liner notes.

Track Listing

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Concerto for Balalaika (Yuri Shishakov): Molto Moderato Mikhail Rozhkov 6:40
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Concerto for Balalaika (Yuri Shishakov): Vivo Mikhail Rozhkov 5:24
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Variations for Balalaika (F. Odinets) Boris Feoktistov 8:52
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Concert Variations on a Siberian Humorous Song "Vatalinka" Eugene Aksentiev 8:01
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Toccata for Balalaika (Reznikov) Eugene Aksentiev 3:21
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Concerto for Accordion (Nikolai Chaikin): Moderato poco maestoso Iurii Kazakov 9:38
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Concerto for Accordion (Nikolai Chaikin): Andante non troppo Yuri Kazakov 9:59
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Concerto for Accordion (Nikolai Chaikin): Allegro vivo Yuri Kazakov 5:37
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Snow Flurries from "Suite for Folk Instruments" (Y. Zaritski ) Vladimir Boyashev 3:06
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Concert Variations (Y. Vorontsov) Ivan Rudenko 5:10
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Domra from the "Suite for Folk Instruments" (Y. Zaritski) Emmanuel Sheikman 7:21
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