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The Music of Russia: Balalaikas and Baritones

The Music of Russia: Balalaikas and Baritones

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Hear Trio Voronezh Perform in Studio 4A

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Trio Voronezh — Vladimir Volochin on domra, Valerie Petruchin on the double-bass balalaika, and Sergei Teleshev on the bajan, performs in NPR's Studio 4A. Julia Peck, NPR hide caption

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Trio Voronezh — Vladimir Volochin on domra, Valerie Petruchin on the double-bass balalaika, and Sergei Teleshev on the bajan, performs in NPR's Studio 4A.

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Hear Dmitri Hvorostovsky Sing in Studio 4A

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Hear Glinka's 'Kamarinskaya'

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Performance Today's series on folk and classical traditions around the world continues with two Russian performances in NPR's Studio 4A: Trio Voronezh performs classical music on the traditional Russian folk instruments, the double-bass balalaika, domra and bayan, and celebrated baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings the Prince's Aria from Tchaikovsky's opera, The Queen of Spades. And a traditional Russian wedding song and dance is heard in the orchestral music of Mikhail Glinka, in his tone poem Kamarinskaya.