#010 Alexandrov Ensemble, Albert Hall, London, Live 1963: "Annie Laurie"





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Uploaded on Oct 14, 2009

Evgeny Mikhailovich Belyaev (Евгений Михайлович Беляев) sings Annie Laurie in Scottish dialect with the Alexandrov Ensemble at the Albert Hall, London, 1963.

As far as I know, the usual 1963 recordings of this, repeated on most CDs, were made at the Abbey Road studios in London, but this recording of the live Albert Hall concert itself is rarely heard. This recording was put onto tape, then vinyl for sale in Russia, then later digitalised in Russia, so it has come on a long journey to us here on Youtube.

The Albert Hall was the only indoor space big enough for the Ensemble in 1963. It's a huge and very high circular space, holding at least 5,500 people - and it was full at that concert. The acoustics are famously so difficult that the audience up in the "gods" hear the music long after they see the conductor beat his baton, or the drummer beat his drum. Yet this recording is, I think, more satisfying than the studio recordings.

This video of Annie Laurie is dedicated to Youtuber thewingsofatinyfrog who knows a good singer when she hears one.

Maxwelton's braes are bonnie,
Where early fa's the dew,
'Twas there that Annie Laurie
Gi'ed me her promise true.
Gi'ed me her promise true -
Which ne'er forgot will be,
And for bonnie Annie Laurie
I'd lay me down and dee.

Her brow is like the snaw-drift,
Her neck is like the swan,
Her face it is the fairest,
That 'er the sun shone on.
That 'er the sun shone on -
And dark blue is her e'e,
And for bonnie Annie Laurie
I'd lay me down and dee.

Like dew on gowans lying,
Is the fa' o' her fairy feet,
And like winds, in simmer sighing,
Her voice is low and sweet.
Her voice is low and sweet -
And she's a' the world to me;
And for bonnie Annie Laurie
I'd lay me down and dee.

More pictures of Belyaev are here:

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