Songs Of Russia Old & New

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Review Text Actor and musician Theodore Bikel had already established himself as a major talent with a series of ethic folk albums in which he interpreted traditional Yiddish and Hebrew songs, but he enjoyed his first major critical and commercial success on record with a pair of Russian folk collections: 1958's Songs of a Russian Gypsy and 1960's Songs of Russia Old & New. Out of print for some time, Bikel's Russian LPs make their belated CD debut in this two-fer edition from Collectors Choice Music. Oddly, the first and livelier of the two albums, Songs of a Russian Gypsy, takes up the second half of the set, while the more varied follow-up, Songs of Russia Old & New, opens the show, though the sequence does make for a rousing finish, and the albums play quite well as a set -- the same cast of musicians appears on both, lending fine support to Bikel's powerful vocals, and the drama and emotional force of the material is well served on both albums. The greatest strength of these recordings is, of course, Bikel's striking performances, which are emotional without becoming melodramatic, and are so pitch-perfect in their strength of feeling that one doesn't need to understand Russian to register the joys and agonies of these songs. Significantly recorded when America was hip-deep in the Cold War, Bikel's Russian albums spoke volumes for the humanity of the Soviet proletariat at a time when most folks in the West regarded them as an enemy to be feared, and the artistry of these 28 songs is a joy to behold. The set also includes a fine essay on Bikel's Russian recordings from writer Richie Unterberger. ~ Mark Deming

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  1. 1. Pomnyu Ya (I Remember) - 2:24
  2. 2. Yamshchik Gani-Ka K Yaru (Coachman, Away to the Fair) - 3:31
  3. 3. Noch Tikha (Quiet Night) - 2:20
  4. 4. Polso Bylo Lyublyatse (I Never Meant to Love) - 4:40
  5. 5. Gari Gari Maya Zvyezada (Twinkle, Twinkle, My Star) - 2:10
  6. 6. Chupchik (Curly Forelock) - 2:26
  7. 7. Vyecherny Zvon (Evening Bells) - 1:22
  8. 8. At Volgi da Dona (From the Volga to the Don) - 3:56
  9. 9. Talyanochka (The Concertina) - 3:38
  10. 10. Padmaskovniye Vyechera (Moscow Evenings) - 4:20
  11. 11. Padrushka Milaya (My Old Pal) - 3:40
  12. 12. Katiusha - 2:58
  13. 13. Pravazhanye (Parting) - 2:20
  14. 14. Tyomnaya Noch (Dark Night) - 3:20
  15. 15. Beryuzoviye Kalyechke - 2:29
  16. 16. Yekhali Tsigane - 2:47
  17. 17. Dve Gitari - 4:29
  18. 18. Kagda Ya Pyann - 3:49
  19. 19. Svyetit Myesats - 3:39
  20. 20. Kak Stranno - 3:14
  21. 21. Nichevo, Nichevo, Nichevo - 3:34
  22. 22. Chto Mnye Gorye - 3:52
  23. 23. Dyen I Noch - 3:08
  24. 24. Metyelitsa - 3:55
  25. 25. Snilsya Mnye Sad - 3:09
  26. 26. Karobushka - 3:49
  27. 27. Karabli - 4:37
  28. 28. Sudarinya - 2:28

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2/21/06 

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