"It is the year 1920. In Russia the civil war is raging. Troops from the Don region are interned in Turkey, in Chilingir, a village many hours from Istanbul. Christmas is approaching. The men suffer from hunger, cold and loneliness - many die from cholera. From the former regimental choirs the best remaining singers join together, among them a young Cossack officer, Serge Jaroff.
In two rows the men stand in a semicircle, in their dark blue uniforms, the trousers with a broad, dark red lateral stripe, a leather belt slung round the loose shirt. Their eyes look forward at a small, unprepossessing Cossack lieutenant. A tall, loose-limbed young Cossack, Seriozha, takes two steps forward: Gospoda, - he says with trembling voice, - we will start by singing «Save, Oh God, Thy People». The slim hands of Seriozha move almost imperceptibly, and immediately the voices come softly to life.
With sad faces the Cossacks listen to the hymn. Would they ever again see their homeland on the river Don?
Who could have foreseen that this little group of tired und emaciated Cossacks from the river Don would captivate the world with their songs?" - Yuri Bernikov.
The record is Exc.
The jacket is NM-.
The LP plays/sounds Exc+.
Excellent vocal definition and harmonies. Each voice is clearly identifiable even within the chorus. A wide and deep soundstage with very strong imaging.
Surface noise is audible between tracks and on some quiet passages - mostly 'crackles' and an occasional 'tick'.
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