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The Balalaika Russe - "Heart On The Snow" Album

Name of the songs in Russian
01. Gori, Gori, Lyubov Tsyganki
02. Krasota Rossii
03. Moyi Tsyganochki
04. Odesskaya Panama
05. Shto Mne Gore
06. Bandura Medley
07. Serdtse na Snegu
08. Konfetki, Baranochki
09. Propil Styopa
10. Uralskaya Ryabinushka
11. "Springtime" Polka
12. Cheremshyna
13. Balnaya Lezginka
14. Khochu Lyubit
15. Podmoskovnye Vechera
16. Rushnychok
17. Kohanochka
18. Snegopad
19. Korobushka
20. Tango Medley
21. Polso
22. "Laska" Waltz
23. Soldiers' Songs
Name of the songs in English
01. Burn, Burn, Gypsy Love
02. The Beauty of Russia
03. My Dear Gypsies
04. My Dear Wore a Panama Hat
05. What's Grief to Me?
06. Ukrainian Folk Songs
07. Heart on the Snow
08. Candy and Cakes
09. Steve Got Drunk
10. The Ural Rowan Tree
11. "Springtime" Polka
12. The Cherry Tree
13. BallRoom Folk dance "Lezginka"
14. I Want to Love
15. Moscow Nights
16. The Embroidered Cloth
17. Sweetheart
18. Snowfall
19. The Peddler's Pack
20. Russian Tango Medley
21. Why Fall in Love?
22. "Caress" Waltz
23. Soldiers' Songs

Balalaika music album "Heart On The Snow" free MP3 download

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Track 01: Gori, Gori, Lyubov Tsyganki ("Burn, Burn, Gypsy Love") MP3
Track 02: Krasota Rossii ("The Beauty of Russia") MP3
Track 03: Moyi Tsyganochki ("My Dear Gypsies") MP3
Track 04: Odesskaya Panama ("My Dear Wore a Panama Hat") MP3
Track 05: Shto Mne Gore ("What's Grief to Me?") MP3
Track 06: Bandura Medley (Ukrainian Folk Songs) MP3
Track 07: Serdtse na Snegu ("Heart on the Snow") MP3
Track 08: Konfetki, Baranochki ("Candy and Cakes") MP3
Track 09: Propil Styopa ("Steve Got Drunk") MP3
Track 10: Uralskaya Ryabinushka ("The Ural Rowan Tree") MP3
Track 11: "Springtime" Polka MP3
Track 12: Cheremshyna ("The Cherry Tree") MP3
Track 13: Bal'naya Lezginka (Ballroom folk dance "Lezginka") MP3
Track 14: Khochu Lyubit ("I Want to Love") MP3
Track 15: Podmoskovnye Vechera ("Moscow Nights") MP3
Track 16: Rushnychok ("The Embroidered Cloth") MP3
Track 17: Kohanochka ("Sweetheart") MP3
Track 18: Snegopad ("Snowfall") MP3
Track 19: Korobushka ("The Peddler's Pack") MP3
Track 20: Russian Tango Medley MP3
Track 21: Polso ("Why Fall in Love?") MP3
Track 22: Laska Waltz ("Caress Waltz") MP3
Track 23: Soldiers' Songs MP3

The Balalaika Russe - Cabaret Balalaika Group

Since its inception in the early 1970's, the BALALAIKA RUSSE has grown in popularity and proficiency and is now considered the finest ensemble of its kind in the USA. This colorful sextet has performed from Washington to Maine and Europe, at such venues as society balls and affairs, at local church halls, outdoor concerts and festivals, weddings, club dates, and on the concert stage.

Balalaika Russe
"The Balalaika Russe"
Picture taken at Plaza Hotel by Mikhail Smirnov

The Balalaika Russe is the preferred band of the Russian nobility emigre society, performing at such functions as the Petrouchka Ball, the Nobility Ball, the Theological Ball, and at the Tolstoy Society. The members all come from the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. An excellent CD (and cassette tape) is now available featuring the Balalaika Russe. It is called "Heart on the Snow," and includes 23 of the group's most popular pieces.

The Balalaika Russe members

Balalaika Russe
"The Balalaika Russe"
Picture taken at the Petrushka Ball by Mikhail Smirnov

BILL MELICK (prima balalaika), leader of the Balalaika Russe, studied with Alexander Kiriloff in the 1930's, and got his exposure to balalaika music from his family, who owned several Russian restaurants in New York City. His performance in Khovanshchina (the Mussorgsky opera, Eve Quiler conducting) with the New York Symphony Orchestra, highlights a long career of club, stage and television appearances throughout the United States and Europe.

GARY NOVA (voice and guitar) has been singing Russian and Ukrainian songs ever since he can remember, starting out as a youth in his native Ukraine, and picking up the guitar somewhere along the way. Known as "The Russian Crooner," he has made many appearances throughout the United States and Europe, in places such as Lincoln Center in New York City, and The Palace in Gstadd, Switzerland. His recording on the Armen label of "I Remember Russia," a fine example of his talent, has been extremely popular in the Russian emigre community in America.

ALEXANDER ALEXANDROVICH (prima domra), as lead player, makes a tremendous contribution to the group's distinctive sound. In his early years, Alex played with the Mark Balalaika Selivan Orchestra in New York, taking a long break from playing before returning with the Balalaika Russe. His devotion to Russian music has made him one of the finest prima domra players in the country.

GYPSY BALALAIKAS: ALAN ZEMEL, JUDY SHERMAN and STEVE WOLOWNIK JUDY SHERMAN (alto balalaika) started her balalaika career in the UCLA Balalaika Orchestra, and went on to sing, play balalaika, and record and tour with the Los Angeles-based Odessa Balalaikas for seven years. She has directed the Penn Balalaika Orchestra at the University of Pennsylvania, and on numerous occasions was featured vocalist with various groups such as the Detroit Balalaika Orchestra and the Atlanta Balalaika Society. Judy is a also member of the Gypsy Balalaikas of Philadelphia.

ALAN ZEMEL (bass domra) started playing Russian music with the Penn Balalaika Orchestra while he was still in high school. He has been involved in Eastern European music, playing in numerous Greek, Russian, Romanian and Balkan groups in the Philadelphia area. A versatile musician, Alan plays with true skill all the Russian folk instruments, from prima domra to contrabass balalaika. He is lead player with the Gypsy Balalaikas in Philadelphia.

STEVE WOLOWNIK (bass balalaika), co-founder and former Executive Director of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America, has been playing balalaika since he was a teenager. He was integral in the founding and direction of various groups around the country, starting with the Penn Balalaika Orchestra (when he was a student there), and on to the UCLA Balalaika Orchestra, the Odessa Balalaikas, the Houston Balalaika Society, the Schuylkill Cossacks Balalaika Band, and others. Steve, Judy and Alan comprise the Philadelphia-based Gypsy Balalaikas, a group, like the Balalaika Russe, dedicated to the authentic sound of the balalaika and domra ensemble.

information taken from THE BALALAIKA RUSSE website

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To order "Heart On The Snow" please use PayPal link below. Price is $25 US dollars including US first class or airmail shipping anywhere in the world. Compact disk is usually shipped withing 48 hours of your payment. It takes longer if Mikhail Smirnov and ensemble Barynya are on the tour. Right now The Balalaika Russe - "Heart On The Snow" Album is available only from Barynya merchandise page with permission of ALAN ZEMEL, JUDY SHERMAN and GARY NOVA.

Russian New Year's Characters Father Frost and Snow Maiden
Ded Moroz and Snegurochka (Russian: Дед Мороз и Снегурочка)

Father Frost and Snow Maiden are the most important characters of the New Year's celebration in Russia. Father Frost or Ded Moroz (Russian: Дед Мороз) plays a role similar to that of Santa Claus. The literal translation of the name would be "Grandfather Frost". However, English-speakers traditionally translate "DED MOROZ" as the alliterative "FATHER FROST". Ded Moroz is always accompanied by his granddaughter Snegurochka - Snow Maiden (Russian: Снегурочка).

New York based ensemble Barynya created a special Russian New Year's program with traditional Russian winter songs, dances and music: "In the forest a fir-tree was born" (V Lesu Rodilas' Yolochka), "Small Fir Tree is Freezing during the Winter" (Malen'koi Yolochke Kholdno Zimoy), "The snowstorm is blowing along the street" (Metelitsa), "Father Frost" (Moroz-Moroz), "Five minutes" (Pyat' Minut).

Ded Moroz and Snegurochka are available for hire in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania (within 100 miles driving distance from New York City). For a fast price quote contact Mikhail Smirnov

Ensemble Barynya Father Frosts and Snegurochkas
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