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The Russian's just can't help it. lol!

Post by yc360 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:25 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3b8cFJ8tRA
Look at these all poker faced performers with their imposing nuclear weapons play of all things - a Beatles song! And the sound they make together is simply unbelievably divine! :b :ch :lol: :lol: :lol: They are truly a league of their own {}

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Post by debra » Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:02 pm

They are not just in a league of their own in terms of how well they play (technically and musically) but also, their instruments (with an exception for the middle one which is just a bayan) are also unique, made especially for them.
So as much as one might like to recreate their sound, we simply can't because no accordion has the sound of these instruments.
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Post by Glenn » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:31 pm

To be honest I found it to be a very “thin” sound for so many specialist instruments. Plus the arrangement was a bit of a dirge (but of course that is a personal taste issue)


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Post by debra » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:07 pm

Glenn wrote:
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To be honest I found it to be a very “thin” sound for so many specialist instruments. Plus the arrangement was a bit of a dirge (but of course that is a personal taste issue)
The 4 instruments (not the bayan) try to imitate the oboe, clarinet, bassoon... which can only produce one note at a time. A richer arrangement that would make them sound polyphonic might sound "out of place". Russian Timbre has many wonderful performances. Their Beetles impressions are not their strongest work, but it's refreshing to see they can even pull this off and it doesn't sound half bad.
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Post by wout » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:13 pm

Nice! Some time ago i found this one on the same channel. The intro reminded me of it:

https://youtu.be/qpomSS6FauQ

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Post by JIM D. » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:04 pm

Wout;
Many thanks for posting this.
A exceptionally talented musician , but also good example of a virtuoso that has perfected the use of the bellows.
He flawlessly performs without a break in the sound of a bellows change.
I've had many doubters in my past postings that change in bellows direction -when done properly- cannot be heard, but only seen.
Try listening to this video with your eyes closed a then watch it to see how it's accomplished.
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Post by Geronimo » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:58 pm

Here is an old one: Oleg Sharov playing Strauss (Frühlingsstimmenwalzer I think). And the Böllmann Cantata.

Someone in the comment section wrote "This is what was happening in the USSR while Myron Floren and Dick Contino were entertaining us in the US. Another world."

The stuff between 2:00 and 3:00 approximately would not work without a button accordion. Well, it would likely not work without a Sharov either.
[media]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVQ3Ak-5dmQ[/media]

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Post by yc360 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:44 am

Music nowadays is just another form of entertainment for most, in Russia there is still enough stubborn folks treat it as an art form with extreme seriousness. I am just glad it is on the tube for me to find it. :ch

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Post by Geronimo » Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:39 am

yc360 wrote:
Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:44 am
Music nowadays is just another form of entertainment for most, in Russia there is still enough stubborn folks treat it as an art form with extreme seriousness. I am just glad it is on the tube for me to find it. :ch
It's not just that. Being independently rich wasn't much of an option in Soviet Russia (and if you were, you wouldn't have the time or impetus to play an instrument seriously), so in order to get a good instrument allotted, you needed to be darn good in the first place. It's a bit guilt tripping me because I got my main instrument for a bargain and it would deserve a better player. But then it also needs infrequent mechanical attention, and a pure musician would likely not be much help with that.

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Post by TomBR » Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:37 am

Geronimo wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:58 pm
Here is an old one: Oleg Sharov playing Strauss (Frühlingsstimmenwalzer I think). And the Böllmann Cantata.

The stuff between 2:00 and 3:00 approximately would not work without a button accordion.
[media]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVQ3Ak-5dmQ[/media]
Thanks for pointing that out Geronimo, v interesting to see him "walking" his thumb from button to button. (Easy to put Youtube on 1/2 speed to see it better, the little gear wheel settings icon.)
"Seriously" impressive stuff from the Russians. Interesting also to see at the start of the clip that the bayan just, "sits on his knee" steadied by the straps.
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