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     Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra

    This orchestra is also known as the Osipov Balalaika Orchestra and the Osipov National Academics Folk Instruments Orchestra of Russia.  In 1919 the domrist Pyotr Alexeyev and the balalaika player Boris Troyanovsky founded it and after its first concert it became known as the First Moscow Great-Russian Orchestra of Folk Instruments.  Within a very short period of time they were touring all the regions in the USSR and over the next 17 years they would undergo two more name changes; The All-Russian Radio Committee Folk Instruments Orchestra in 1928 and The State Folk Instruments Orchestra of USSR in 1936.  In 1940 Nikolai Osipov was given the post of Chief Conductor and Music Director, and under his leadership the orchestra changed considerably.  He introduced many traditional instruments into the orchestra and commissioned many new pieces that would give the audience a whole new range of folk and classical music to experience.  The orchestra disbanded in 1941 but the government decided that it would be good to bring them back together and Nikolai Osipov and Boris Romanov had the job of finding musicians and taking them to Moscow to be part of the re-formed ensemble under the name The State Russian Folk Orchestra.  They would perform many concerts for the forces on the battlefront and their final concert of WWII was in the Kremlin as a victory dedication.  Such was the recognition that Nikolai Osipov received, that in 1946 the orchestra was named after him.  After Nikolai's death, Dmitri Osipov would take over the conductor's baton and over the next few years the orchestra other leaders of the orchestra would include Vitaly Gnutov, Nikolai Kalinen, Viktor Smirnov and Alexander Gauk.  In 1996 it was once again renamed to become The Osipov National Academic Folk Instruments Orchestra of Russia.  Under the baton of Viktor Dubrovsky the orchestra would once more widen its horizons and be heard performing works by the great composers such as Rossini, Glinka, Mussorgsky and Stravinsky. In 2005 Vladimir Pontin took over the leadership of the 80 current musicians as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor and he continues to expand the orchestra's repertoire as well as retain the traditional folk music which it became famous for championing.

     

     

    Vasily Andreyev recordings

    In the Moonlight

    Mercury 432 000-2 (CD: Balalaika Favourites)

    Conductor - Vitaly Gnutov

     

    Under the Apple Tree

    Mercury 432 000-2 (CD: Balalaika Favourites)

    Conductor - Vitaly Gnutov

     

    Waltz of the Faun

    Mercury 432 000-2 (CD: Balalaika Favourites)

    Conductor - Vitaly Gnutov

    Domra - Rudolf Belov

     

    Traditional Russian

    At Sunrise

    Mercury 432 000-2 (CD: Balalaika Favourites)

    Conductor - Vitaly Gnutov

    Domra - Rudolf Belov

    Arranger - Vera Gorodovskaya

     

    Sources:

    1.      http://www.ossipovorchestra.ru/en/orchestra/

    2.      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnic_Russian_music

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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