the Liberty Balalaika Ensemble


The LIBERTY BALALIAKA ENSEMBLE has now released it's first CD! Recorded and produced by Limin Music of Northport, Maine and produced by Klarity Multimedia, Inc. The disc is available for $15.00 each plus postage or the tape for $10.00 each plus postage ($2.00 in the U.S.; contact us for rates to other places) from:

Liberty Balaliaka Ensemble
Dave and Janet Martucci
240 Calderwood Rd
Washington ME 04574-3440

Checks in US Dollars or International Money Orders only, please, made out to Janet Martucci. We do not accept credit cards, sorry. Be sure to include your return address!

Musicians on the disc:

Songs on the disc:

  1. TACHANKA (The Soldier's Cart) -- In WWII the soldiers in southern Russia fitted guns to their fast little peasant carts and celebrated them in this song.
  2. STEP DA STEP KRUGOM (The Steppes All Around) -- A coachman far from home on the vast steppes of Russia speaks his dying words to his friend.
  3. AMERIKANSKI MARSH (American March) -- Vladimir Andreyev, who standardized the balalaika around the 1880s, wrote this for his balalaika orchestra tour of the U.S. (arr. Andreyev)
  4. TO NIE VETER VETKU KLONIT (It's Not the Wind That Bends the Branches) -- A romantic song from Chekhov's time, arranged for full orchestra.
  5. TSIGANKA (Gypsy Woman) -- A Russian cabaret song in "Gypsy" style -- "burn, burn, Gypsy love." (arr. Kasura)
  6. NA SOPKAKH MANZHURII (In the Trenches of Manchuria) -- A hit song from the Russo-Japanese War of 1905, still treasured by Russian Americans.
  7. OJ LIVADO/SRBIJANKA (The Dewy Meadow/Serbian Woman) -- Two Kolo dances: In the dewy field, a shepherd of 16 wonders where her sweetheart can be while she herds her flock alone.
  8. V TSERKVI (In the Church) -- An arrangement by Tchaikovsky of the hymn "Save, O God, Thy People," also used by him in the 1812 Overture. (arr.Tchaikovsky/Kasura)
  9. MOLDOVANEASCA (Moldovan Dance) -- East Europe's Jews adopted the sirba and hora from Moldovan tradition as the national dance of Israel. (arr. Kasura)
  10. HONYI VITER (The Driving Wind) -- A Ukrainian kozachok, an exuberant Cossack dance for couples. (arr. Wolownik)
  11. BEYM REBN IN PALESTINE/NAKHT IN GAN EYDN (With the Rabbi in Palestine/A Night in the Garden of Eden) -- These khosidl and hora come from the Jewish tradition of Eastern Europe, particularly Romania. (arr. Lackoff)
  12. POLYANKA (Woman of the Fields) -- A simple dance tune from the Ural Mountains, arranged with variations by the Kazbek ensemble of Amsterdam.
  13. SVETIT MESYATS (The Moon is Shining) -- Dixieland has "The Saints," brass bands have "The Stars and Stripes Forever," and balalaika ensembles have "Svetit Mesyats". (arr. Kasura)
  14. VNIZ PO MATUSHKE PO VOLGE (Down Along the Mother Volga) -- Across its vast expanse, the distant sails of a boat could be seen as clouds were thickening ...
  15. POD DUGOY KOLOKOLTSY POYUT (On the Harness the Little Bells Sing) -- The bells are on the yoke of a troika, a Russian sleigh drawn by three horses. (arr. Wolownik)

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