As I was waking up this morning, the sounds of the mighty Volga River (Russia) echoed in my Third Ear. Not for the first time. They originally came to me in April 2011, when I made this recording of the famous Russian folk song “Stenka Razin.”
In addition, as a musical dessert at the end, you can hear the voice of the late Fyodor Shalyapin (1873-1938, right photo), arguably the greatest Russian operatic singer that ever lived, singing “Stenka Razin.” In that segment of the recording, I am accompanying Shalyapin with the full choir and the orchestra horns.
So with that as a preamble, here’s now the story of “Stenka Razin,” being told through human voice and music.