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Russian Duo

by Russian Duo

From Russian roots to classical favorites, from gypsy to ragtime, the Russian Duo is an magical collaboration between virtuoso balalaika and concert piano, creating a vibrant, cross-cultural musical experience.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Haffner Serenade in D Major, K. 250: IV. Rondo Allegro
6:48 album only
2. Balalaika Waltz
3:38 album only
3. Ständchen in E Minor, D. 957
3:40 album only
4. Volinka (Play My Bagpipe)
2:26 album only
5. I Met You
3:00 album only
6. Banya (Steam Bath)
1:37 album only
7. Czárdás
4:18 album only
8. Slavonic Dance E Minor, Op. 72, No. 10
4:59 album only
9. Russian Rag
2:32 album only
10. Tico Tico (Brazilian Carnival)
2:42 album only
11. Blooming Flowers/Ach! You Birch Tree
4:11 album only
12. Kalinka Concert Variations
3:29 album only
13. Devitsa (Evening Song)
3:15 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Our international project was formed out of a love for the music and traditions of Russia and a wish for others to experience these magical sounds. The fortuitous meeting between a Siberian and an American, each representing a diverse culture and background, has been a gloriously rich collaboration. The commonalities are surprising: conservatory training, chamber music, folk music and dance backgrounds, a lifetime of singing. The meshing of ideas, sensibilities and styles to create a coherent whole has been challenging, stimulating and joyful.

The balalaika is one of the most quintessential, evocative sounds of Russia. The balalaika/piano duo, once popular even before Soviet times, has become a rarity. Since the inception of Russian Duo, in 2007, we have been exploring original repertoire, classical music arrangements and transcriptions of Old World favorites. In addition to the instrumental repertoire, we are singing our own versions of folk songs and translating our favorites into English. Oleg is fluent in English, Terry is learning Russian. Although our interests are far-ranging and we are currently experimenting with modern technologies, in this album we present only the acoustic, instrumental side of our music.

We chose these pieces for their broad spectrum of emotions and styles - from humorous to lyrical, from romantic to celebratory. We were inspired to create our own rendition of Russian Rag, originally for solo piano, after we heard an old recording by Russian mandolin virtuoso Dave Apollon and his mandolin orchestra. Balalaika Waltz, composed by Andreyev - the originator and champion of the modern balalaika - is an elegant example of how a master composer conceived a vast range of possibilities for the instrument. Kalinka Concert Variations represents a characteristically Russian genre - virtuosic variations on a well-known, well-loved traditional song. We have included selections by Mozart, Schubert and Dvorak to provide fresh interpretations of cherished classics.

We hope this music warms your soul and transports you!

Daniel Hathaway (Classical in his review of the recording, praises the "artistry of these two gifted musicians." He writes, "the musicality and virtuosity displayed will appeal to a broad spectrum of music lovers."

The Hartford (Connecticut) Advocate called the "hard touring Russian Duo . . . dazzling musicians . . . explosive talent . . ."


Oleg Kruglyakov was born in Omsk City, Siberia, Russia in 1966. Educated at the renowned Ekaterinburg Conservatory in conducting, balalaika performance and ethnic singing, he performed as balalaika soloist with many Folk Russian groups, touring throughout Russia, Siberia, Ukraine, France, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Malta and Turkmenistan. Oleg moved to the United States in 1998 to become part of "Moscow Nights" touring extensively in Canada, Alaska and 45 states.

Terry Boyarsky has been performing chamber music for over 35 years and is an internationally recognized educator in music and movement. She has collaborated with instrumentalists, singers and dancers across the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland, Thailand, and Venezuela. Terry holds a BA in experimental psychology from Reed College, a BM in Eurhythmics from Cleveland Institute of Music, and an MA in Ethnomusicology from Kent State University. Terry sings with Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Festival Chorus and Choral Arts Society and is an Artist-in-Residence with Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio and the Ohio Arts Council.



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Carol Bertozzi

Russian Duo
Delightful, charming, uplifting, and very tastefully and exceptionally well done. The more I listen to this CD, the more I enjoy and appreciate it and the renderings of these fine artists.

Author: Helene Morse
I've not listened to this type of music before but it is very uplifting. I enjoy the songs where the piano dominates, perhaps because that is more familiar. Many friends have heard this music, while visiting at my home, have asked what I was listening to with enthusiasm. I look forward to the next cd that will include singing.

Bob Alcorn

Russian Duo
This debut album is a real winner. The virtuosity is amazing, but the heart and soul of the music is what will bring you back to listen again and again. The two instruments, concert grand piano and the tiny balalaika, blend surprisingly well. Be ready to be moved.

Bruce McLean

Russian Duo
This will have to be new information for most everyone, yet is also immediately accessible. I was overwhelmed emotionally listing to this the first time, and the 20th time. What sweeping spirit is brought through here--you can see the wooden dachas and the birch trees through this music. It is played with authority by performing masters. Exhilarating.

Steven Greenberg

Russian Duo
This is a great album that I will play over and over again. The range of genre's covered is amazing, from Russian Folk to Classical to Rag to Brazilian. All of it played with flair and virtuosity.

It is the kind of music that really gets me involved, from tapping my feet to the beat to feeling the emotion.