Say what you will about Russia and its history: not good for the proverbial little guy, lots of death and misery, in a demographic death spiral…
…but if they do something well, it’s massed choral music.
And so I pay my regards to the Alexandrow Ensemble – known to generations as the Red Army Choir, during the Soviet era – whose military plane crashed in the Black Sea en route to entertain the troops in Syria.
As the big choirs go, they were bigger than most:
And the land of Tolstoy, Solzhenitzyn and Dostoyevskii writes even does jingo as an epic production:
RIP, Alexandrow Ensemble.