Melodies from Russia
Subcollection: The Best Russian RomancesThe words of the songs in English and Russian are inside the booklet.
Lyrics by Svetlana Kovaleva (1-14)
Singers: Oksana Molodtsova (1-8, 10-14), People’s Artist of Russia Ekaterina Molodtsova (9)
Music and arrangements: Z. Parkhomchuk (1, 2, 3, 13) / V. Kovalenko - drummer and multi-instrumentalist (4) / A. Karabetov - piano (5, 6, 8, 10, 12) / V. Anikienko - voice, guitar (7) / A. Moroz - voice (11) / V. Kobyzev -(14)
The music writers and arrangements: Z. Parkhomchuk, V. Kovalenko, A. Karabetov, V. Anikienko, A. Moroz and V. Kobyzev sensitively convey atmosphere of Svetlana Kovaleva’s lyrics, while the accompanying band organically combines jazz and folk components of the „light music“ genere.
Zoya Parkhomchuk (Zoya Garina) is a performer and author of romance, blues, and chanson songs. She cooperates with many composers of Belarus and Russia as a lyrics writer.
Vyacheslav Kovalenko (Slava Koval) is a professional drummer and multi-instrumentalist, musicaliy oriented at jazz rock. For a long time he performed with the well-known jazz band headed by G. A. Garanian as keyboards player; he is known as an arranger and music-writer for pop artistEs of Belarus.
Alexander Karabetov is a professional pianist working both in classics and in jazz; he also writes and arrangers music for pop orchestras and jazz bands.
Viktor Anikienko is a singer and guitarist, a prize winner of Russian „Pesnya-89“ TV competition. In the 1980’s, he was soloist of the pop group Plamya, and then of the pop group Samotsvety. He is an author and performer of such popular songs as: Boat Of Life, Five White Tulips, Demonstration Landing, The Cross, etc..., known by his solo concert programs “Russia Needs You!”, “Romance Singing To The Guitar” and “I’ll Get Off At A Far-Away Station” (a retro program).
Andrey Moroz, composer, singer, and poet, has worked with the Philharmonics of Kursk and Tula as a musician of Elektron, The Savoyards and the Russichi pop groups. He has won prizes and diplomas at all-Russian and all-Union competitions; he is also an author of popular songs performed by himself or by E. Belousov (The Night, It’s JustThe Way I Am) and many other popular performers. and many other popular performers. He has released four solo albums on CDs, and wrote soundtracks to many audio books.
Valery Kobyzev is an author of jazz for guitar, and contributes as guitarist to recording of albums of various musical styles such as jazz, blues and pop music.
Recording: Moscow, 2008
Studio OOO "MihajloV" Ltd. supported by the Academic Music Conservatory College Moscow
Sound engineer: V. Reznikov