Russischer Tanz - Don Kosaken Serge Jaroff* - Don Kosaken Serge Jaroff (Box Set, LP)
Label: Das Beste Readers Digest - DKO 21 7734 62 • Format: Box Set 4x, Vinyl LP, Compilation • Country: Germany, Austria, & Switzerland • Genre: Pop, Folk, World, & Country •
After suffering total defeat at the hands of the Red Armymany Cossacks ended up in the diaspora. The Cossacks began to accompany their own church services, and later left for the Greek island of Lemnos. To improve the situation, they started giving open-air concerts, which were especially popular with the British. The Cossack lieutenant, Serge Jaroff worked hard on his choir's repertoire, until a splendid opportunity presented itself. Although the parish was too poor to support a choir, the offer was accepted and the members of the choir were obliged to find work on the side.
The tents were then exchanged for barracks in Sofiaprovided by the Ministry of Defence. Even so, the debut on 23 June in the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia was excellent for morale. This was followed by an offer from a factory LP) a French town of Montargis. The wife of the factory owner was Russian, and since the factory already had a wind band, they also considered having a choir.
Unfortunately, lack of funds marooned the choir in Vienna. Help came from a representative of the League of Nationswho took an interest in the choir. He brought the singers in contact with the director of a concert agency. At an audition in the director's office the singers exceeded all expectations-and a historic decision was made. But the offer of a concert in the Vienna Hofburg on 4 July put everything else in the shadows. After this amazingly successful concert in the Austrian capital, the director predicted that the choir would not sing once, but a thousand times.
In fact, it would eventually perform in excess of 10, concerts. They traveled to the United States for the first time in and attained U. Hofner and Jaroff would eventually become good friends and 20 March Jaroff transferred all the rights of his choir to Hofner.
Otto Hofner also directed three feature films and six TV-movies. The last tour under Serge Jaroff was inalthough he continued as choir leader until Hofner left when Jaroff finally agreed to a tour under the direction of George Markitisch.
InOtto Hofner sought contact with Michael Minsky. Conforming to Russischer Tanz - Don Kosaken Serge Jaroff* - Don Kosaken Serge Jaroff (Box Set wishes, Hofner wished to organize a tour with Nicolai Gedda as soloist and Michael Minsky as conductor.
This would take place inas a memorial to Serge Jaroff. The tour was a success, but when Minsky became ill and Nicolai Gedda did not want to sing every day, Otto Hofner called LP) quits. The Don Cossack Choir LP) renowned for the Iron Chair - Benjy Davis Project - Lost Souls Like Us of the tenors and baritones and for the depth and resonance of the low basses.
Every member of this choir was and is trained in a classical or operatic way. The singers can reach sheer power without using amplification. Also the voices have different timbres for different volumes. When singing forte a pure operatic bass baritone and tenor voice is achieved with extreme loudness and brightness in the voice. An outstanding feature are the tenors singing in head voice in a soprano range but another feature of this choir is it sings in a unit. The voices have a very good balance throughout the entire singers.
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