This article is entirely based on a contribution from the website "Little
Russia in San Antonio, TX" about the Don Cossack Chorus Serge Jaroff,
published there since 1999. As that website is no longer available, the
author left me the materials to do what I want under my responsibility.
I completely changed the design, added label scans and all audio samples
from my own collection.
Don Cossack Chorus Serge Jaroff
"We have a common past.
We have a common aim.
We have a common faith,
a common ideal."
Serge Jaroff, Vienna, 1923.
It is the year 1920
The Don Cossack Choru s Serge Jaroff after its first performance in Vienna,
1923. In the middle, a young Cossack lieutenant, the conductor Serge Jaroff.
It is the year 1920. In Russia the
civil war is raging. Troops from the Don region are interned in Turkey,
in Chilingir, a village many hours from Istanbul. Christmas is approaching.
The men suffer from hunger, cold and loneliness - many die from cholera.
From the former regimental choirs the best remaining singers join together,
among them a young Cossack officer, Serge Jaroff.
In two rows the men stand in
a semicircle, in their dark blue uniforms, the trousers with a broad, dark
red lateral stripe, a leather belt slung round the loose shirt. Their eyes
look forward at a small, unprepossessing Cossack lieutenant. A tall, loose-limbed
young Cossack, Seriozha, takes two steps forward: “Gospoda”, - he says with trembling voice,
- “we will start by singing «Save, Oh God, Thy People».
The slim hands of Seriozha move almost imperceptibly,
and immediately the voices come softly to life.
With sad faces the Cossacks listen to the hymn.
Would they ever again see their homeland on the river Don?
Who could have foreseen that this little group of tired und emaciated
Cossacks from the river Don would captivate the world with their songs?
In spring 1921, what was left of the Cossack regiments was moved to
a Greek island, Lemnos. A village let them use a little church, where they
could hold services by the Russian rites - the Cossack choir was always
there. At Easter the men sang together with the Greek choir of Lemnos -
and were enthusiastically applauded by the island people. In open-air performances
they entertained the French and English, under whose protection they were,
with their merry Cossack songs.
In Spring 1921, the survivors
of the former Don Cossack regiments were shipped to a Greek island, Lemnos,
or Lomonos as the men called it. A village gave them the use of a small
church, where they held services according to the Russian rites, always
with the participation of their choir. At Easter the men sang together
with the Greek choir of Lemnos, to great applause from the congregation.
At open-air concerts they also entertained the occupying French and English
forces with their merry Cossack songs.
In 1923 the Cossacks arrived in Bulgaria, at the port of Burgas (Brusa),
where they saw more bread than for a very long time. Then there was a period
of quarantine, reorganization of sections into working parties, the building
of railway lines, work in factories and steel mills. Prison camp life and
banishment were finally at an end. In order to earn some money, the men
gave their first proper concert in the harbor town of Burgas. They painted
giant advertising posters and displayed them all over the town. With takings
of 2 dollars and 8 marks, their appearance in Burgas was their first success.
At that time the famous Russian
dancer Tamara Karsavina was residing in Sofia. She was deeply impressed
by the choir, which she heard singing in a concert at the Russian legation.
La Karsavina had a wide acquaintanceship and arranged many invitations
for the choir to perform at diplomatic receptions, in the Spanish, American
and French embassies.
Alexander Kruedener von Struve, was the spokesman
of the choir. In the last few years his son, Alexander v. Kruedener-Struve
jr, was also a member of the choir.
The Lord's Prayer (D.S.Botnyansky)
In order to gain their livelihood,
members of the choir took on all possible forms of employment. Jaroff,
having graduated from the Synodal Choral School in Moscow, was not suited
to bottle-washing jobs, but soon found employment as a singing master at
the municipal high school. In Summer the choir was invited to give a religious
concert in the cathedral of Sofia, attended by many Russian émigrés.
These first successes encouraged Jaroff to find ways of enabling his singers,
numbering 32, to earn their livings through concerts.
The League of Nations representative
in Sofia was a great admirer of the choir and wanted to help them to leave
the Balkans and establish themselves in western Europe. He it was who brought
them into contact with a factory-owner from France. This was the first
time that the choir heard the name of Montargie, a small French town where
the factory was located and had a brass band. It was proposed that the
singers should work there as the company choir. The negotiations were held
in their native language as the factory-owner's wife was Russian.
Traveling expenses were gathered
with the aid of the League of Nations, the church and a donation from Tamara
Karsavina. After a farewell church service, the choir left Sofia on 23
June 1923 with a visa for France, but could not afford rail travel further
than Belgrade and had to take a river-boat. There they overcame their reticence
and entertained passengers with Russian folk songs. The money-box began
to fill up again.
Vienna, summer 1923. Well-kept streets, large and beautiful houses,
well-dressed people, everywhere contented faces in love with life. It seemed
as though there had never been a war. It was once more a representative
of the League of Nations who helped the choir by introducing them to a
concert manager. On the 4th of July the choir were to give a concert in
the “Hofburg”. The French village of Montargie, whose name
the singers could now pronounce correctly, was to remain an unattainable
dream for the time being.
Sergey Alexeevich Jaroff, a young Cossack lieutenant,
on steamship on a journey from Europe to America, 1932.
Jaroff assembled the singers.
He could hardly believe that in a few minutes they would be standing on
one of the biggest stages in Europe.
“Will we succeed, Herr
Director?”, Jaroff asked uncertainly, translated by an interpreter.
“You will, young man”,
replied the concert manager, “be patient and have courage.”
The singers looked wretched,
like tramps, in their old patched uniforms, some with puttees, others with
boots. The better dressed were positioned in front, so far as was compatible
with the distribution of the voices.
The voices of the choir swelled
like an organ. Never before had the men sung so well, never with such feeling,
never had Jaroff conducted like this. The applause thundered. And again
Jaroff conducted the choir - again roaring applause - for the Cossacks
from the death camp of Chilingir.
The concert manager was waiting
in the dressing-room. “Herr Jaroff”, he said, “not once
again will you sing together with your choir, but a thousand times.”
Paris - it is the year 1979. In two rows the men stand in a semicircle,
in their dark blue uniforms, the trousers with a broad, dark red lateral
stripe, their eyes looking forward, at a small, unprepossessing elderly
Cossack lieutenant. A tall, loose-limbed Cossack, Seriozha, takes two steps
forward. “My friends”, he says with trembling voice, “we
will finish by singing I Pray To The Power Of Love.” The slim hands
of Seriozha move almost imperceptibly, and at once the voices come softly
With sad faces people listen
to the hymn, for this was the last time they would hear the Don Cossack
Chorus Serge Jaroff.
More than 9000 concerts had been performed all over the world, but the
men had never arrived in Montargie and they had never seen their homeland
on the Don again.
"I was advised to appear before the American
public on horseback, with full military
equipment including a long lance.
«Real knowledge has little importance there»,
I was told. «Advertising gimmicks, bluff and sensationalism.
That’s what they want in America!»"
Serge Jaroff, 1930.
In the Land of Skyscrapers
This account of the first American tour of the Don Cossack Chorus Serge Jaroff is the last chapter of a book which appeared in 1931. The author, Emilian Klinsky, also an emigre and a fervent admirer of the choir, probably lived in Berlin. The book was published by the Don Cossack Choir in Berlin and in a German edition by Matthes Verlag in Leipzig in 1933.
First crossing to America. The Don Cossack Chorus Serge Jaroff on the steamship
«Minnekahda». Late autumn 1929.
The screw of the gigantic steamship
began to slow down. From the grey vapour of the evening rose the unquiet
shadow of the colossal city of New York. We stood on the deck and saw how
before us the emerging town grew more and more coloured, how in the background
of the immense buildings tremendous lights rose to the surface, illuminating
the agate blue heavens. The lights grew hazy in the grey fog, the shore
came slowly nearer to us and, as though lit with a thousand fires, the
fabulous Island of Manhattan came into view.
We experienced this festive
moment in silence. For this was America, the high point of our tour so
far. So the hours passed.
The steamship stopped only
a few kilometres from the port, which was lit as clear as day. Finally
we approached the shore.
The representative of the Russian
community and our American impresario greeted us. People made welcoming
speeches. They took photographs of us and briefly interviewed us.
A gigantic hotel with twenty floors in the centre of the business district
had rooms reserved for the choir, and we disappeared into it like insignificant
little pieces in a board game, under the instructions of our manager.
Serge Jaroff travels to America for the first time. Did he realize that
this country would later become his second home?
In this labyrinth of floors, corridors und rooms I felt terribly small
and helpless. I was glad when the door of my room closed behind me and
I was alone. Instinctively I opened the window and looked out. The street
lay below me as a narrow strip, with a continuous stream of lights. Somewhere
in the far distance was the heartbeat of the city.
The next day I tried to count
the floors of the buildings, but kept losing count and having to start
again. Everything made a strange and unfamiliar impression: the dense stream
of men and motor cars, the noise, the wild speed of American life. Nowhere
had I ever felt so foreign as here among all the busy and preoccupied people
who hurried by me, past the rows of buildings with their ingenious but
soulless architectural styles.
I could not imagine that any
of these passers-by would be interested in the performance of the Don Cossack
choir. I simple could not see how any of them could have time for introspection
and deeper experience.
The 6th of November 1929.
The rain is bucketing down and the street lights are swimming in the downpour.
We stand in the hotel lobby, waiting for the moment of departure. The concert
in Carnegie Hall is to begin in one hour.
The faces of my singers stand
out from the crowd of curious, admiring and questioning people. We wind
our way through to the exit.
The paved ramp around the theatre
is black as though ink had been poured over it. There is still time before
the start of the concert, but already a mass of umbrellas crowds the entrances
to the hall. Like a strange caterpillar, motor cars creep in a continuous
line towards the brightly lit building.
We press through the crowd
and hear some Russian voices among the American conversations.
Many years ago Peter Ilyich
Tchaikovsky had taken part in the the opening of this concert hall. I learn
this from my companion while entering. I guess at his words without properly
hearing them. I am excited and wait for the beginning of the concert as
a release from this torturing agitation.
At last the choir is on stage. With quick steps I go to the front. The
bright stage floodlights dazzle the eyes. In front of me is the packed
hall. The applause which I hear in stepping out makes my self-confidence grow.
I start the concert with «I
believe ...», after which the choir remains silent while loud applause
fills the hall.
Success! Thank God, success!
Program review before the concert in Portland, USA, 1942.
The green-room fills with
people. There are congratulations and endless handshakes. Strangers pass
by me but at this moment they seem strangely close. Now I can no longer
make out individual faces, there are so many of them. I reply only to the
Suddenly someone seizes my
shoulders from behind. A tall, handsome old fellow with an aquiline nose.
His words penetrate my consciousness clearly and precisely.
"What demon possesses you?
So small and delicate, and yet so strong - the devil must have a hand in
it! Don't worry about my rough words, it is an old habit of mine."
I recognise Alexander Siloti,
our famous Russian pianist. A pupil of Liszt. He goes on vigorously: "You
must visit me. I will collect you tomorrow."
He kept his word. I visited
him and had an unforgettable time in his house. He wished me well and faithfully
attended each of our New York concerts.
During six weeks staying in America the choir performed 41 concerts
to full houses. We visited 32 cities, going to the Midwest and north up
Departure on the «Queen Elizabeth». Return to the second home from a European tour, 1963.
Fourteen night trips made the
singers tired. We were not used to the enormous distances and we had to
sing nearly every evening. Only a few free days remained. On one of those
days the complete choir went to the New York Metropolitan Opera.
As usually happens when I am
a spectator in a theatre, a strange feeling took hold of me. The theatre
is practically unknown to me from the auditorium. My place is on the stage.
When Caruso’s successor, Gigli,
began to sing on the stage, which is a part of my own life, an excitement
touched me as though I myself were standing before this fashionable, demanding
The Metropolitan Opera - the
peak of every artist’s success. The final destination of every theatrical
career. Now I sit in the Metropolitan Opera House and see the stage, that
sacred floor for the best of the best, for the finest artists of the whole
world. Caruso, Chaliapin, Battistini, Gigli. Fantastic fees, incredible
crowds of spectators. In each box a king, a king of wealth and in each
other box another such. I read the names in the programme, they are listed
with every box number.
I am dazzled by the gleam of
wealth and magnificence. On the stage Gigli is performing. But I can hardly
hear him, because a nervous excitement comes over me. I cannot sit in the
auditorium, my place is on the stage!
Two days to the departure for the return journey to Europe. The American
concert tour is at an end. Tomorrow we perform our farewell concert.
We stay backstage, waiting
for the bell. In a few moments we go on the stage of the theatre, where
we sat some days ago as spectators. The most important concert in the life
of the choir is about to begin. The bell rings! The door opens. The singers
step in turn onto the bright illuminated stage.
We are singing in the Metropolitan Opera House.
...In Europe I met Jaroff
again. «You have sung at the Metropolitan, you have achieved something
really great. What is you next goal?» In the eyes of my companion
lay some melancholy.
«The absolutely highest!
Perhaps something unattainable!»
I looked into Jaroff's face.
I understood his words. We both kept silent. Our thoughts are far away.
Suppressing my excitement I shake his hand.
«I hope you that you
will reach your goal! I wish that your choir will be allowed to sing in
our old homeland, before our people, on a Russian stage, forgetting the
years of banishment:
"I feared that the choir would develop into
a singing machine, so I tried to maintain a certain tension, with fine-tuning
of familiar pieces and alterations of tempo. In this way I kept constant
control, preventing the choir from falling into a set pattern.
Serge Jaroff, circa 1930.
The Great Jubilee Tour 1970/71
Fifty years of the Don Cossack Choir,
50 years of undiminished popularity, 50 years of world success!
The Don Cossack Chorus Serge Jaroff in a studio shot for ARD, a West German television.
At left, the soloist Juri Timczenko. Germamy 1965.
This means absolute dedication
to the highest standards of performance, to power, greatness, but also
a huge expenditure of energy and artistic effort, to remain on the lonely
heights of fame with youthful vigour for half a century.
The choir, founded in 1921
in the Turkish barracks of Chilingir near Istanbul, with Serge Jaroff always
leading it as conductor and arranger, is something unique in concert history.
Who is this Serge Jaroff, who exercises such a compulsive fascination
when he conducts his choir?
Cossack cadet leading a squadron
of cavalry in the Russian civil war? World-famous conductor of a unique
choir? Pupil and friend of contemporary Russian composers, himself the
creator of considerable compositions?
Serge Jaroff is all this and
much more. Choral singing is his empire, and he controls all the registers
of this organ of human voices with virtuoso skill.
Serge Jaroff was born in a small town in the district of Kostroma in
north-east Russia. At the age of five he already sang in the local church
choir. His father, a merchant, sent him to school at the age of seven.
At ten he passed the entrance examination of the Synodal Music School in
Most of the songs performed by the Don Cossack
Chorus Serge Jaroff were arranged by the director Serge Jaroff.
In this most famous conservatory
for church music and choir conducting Serge Jaroff studied for eleven years,
due to a scholarship for extraordinary musicianship, and had brilliant
results in the final examination.
These must have been the best years of his life. He sang in the church
choir of the Aspensky cathedral in the Kremlin. He often thinks sadly of
the wonderful Easter services they had. Everything is now so long ago and
far away! Each year the Synodal Music School prepared a new Mass for Russia's
greatest church, partly to honour the composers with their interpretation.
He had plentiful opportunities to take part in performances of the works
of leading composers.
Katalsky was for years director
of the Synodal School and among the teachers were Tchaikovsky, Tchesnokov,
Rachmaninov and Gretchaninov.
After the final examinations, his formal education came to an end on
20th March 1917. Then Serge Jaroff went to the Alexander Military Academy
and was promoted to Lieutenant.
The revolution smouldered menacingly,
and Lieutenant Jaroff went to the front to fight against the Bolsheviks.
Special units of cadets and officers were formed and with one of these
Jaroff went to Romania and from there back to Moscow, where the Civil War
was raging. He fought on the White Russian side in a brigade of Don Cossacks
against the Red North.
In 1956 the Don Cossack Choir Serge Jaroff undertook
its first tour of Japan. They were the first western artistes to enter
the Imperial Palace of Tokyo and give a concert before the Emperor.
After the victory of the Reds
against the White Army the loyalist troops cut their way through to the
Crimea, where a large part of the White Russian navy lay. They escaped
in the Russian ships, covered by English and French cruisers, to Turkey,
where most of the Russian troops were interned at Chilingir.
In this prison camp Serge Jaroff
formed the Don Cossack Choir. Good fortune brought the choir to Austria,
where their first concert was performed in the ceremonial hall of the "Hofburg"
A new period of life started.
In 1924 the Don Cossacks performed
their first concerts in Germany, in Munich, Hamburg and other cities, then
moved on to Belgium, Holland, England, and in 1926 to France.
Their 100th concert was given
in Budapest in 1928. And so the world's most famous choir travelled from
continent to continent until 1939, when the Second World War broke out.
All the members succeeded in
escaping in good time to America, where they all became resident and received
The choir then travelled in
Mexico, Cuba, South and Central America. In Hollywood they featured in
several movies. In 1945, immediately after the war, the choir revisited
Germany with a concert at Frankfurt on Main. From longing for their second
home, the cradle of their success, the choir undertook a tour to sing for
the American army of occupation, including the headquarters of General
The lines alongside are taken from this programme for
the Golden Jubilee concert of the Don Cossack Chorus Serge Jaroff in autumn
Before some of the crowned
heads were robbed of their thrones, the Don Cossack Choir performed concerts
in royal palaces: at first for King Boris of Bulgaria in the period from
1921 to 1923, then for King George of Greece in 1924. They sang before
King George V in 1925 and again in 1928, and before King Christian of Denmark
and King Gustav of Sweden in 1927 as well as before the last Queen of Rumania
in the same year.
In 1956 the Don Cossack Choir
Serge Jaroff travelled for the first time to Japan for a seven-week tour.
They were the first western artists who were allowed to sing in the imperial
palace and to perform a concert for the Emperor himself. The same tour
brought the choir to Australia.
The Original Don Cossacks Choir is probably the most famous choir of
the world, and Serge Jaroff, its conductor und founder, the guarantor for
a constantly maintained musical standard, is the spirit of the choir, which
he conducts by slight gestures and controls completely. Slightly built
but full of dynamic energy, he knows to fuse the voices of his Cossacks
into one sound. And despite the astonishing harmony, the plurality of voices,
each that of a soloist, is never lost.
Each year the choir comes for
a complete concert season to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain
and Holland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. In spring and summer the long-planned
concert tours go through the countries on the other side of the globe.
In this way the choir is practically
always en route. Greater distances often have to be travelled by air so
as to reach the next concert in time.
Today this world-famous choir visits your town and Serge Jaroff conducts
a magnificent Jubilee concert.
"I had noticed that a special impression is
given when half the choir hums with closed
mouths and the other half sings
with open mouths."
Serge Jaroff, Vienna, 1923.
Arrangement for males-voice choir
Originally the Don Cossack Choir Serge Jaroff
had 40 members. In the Sixties and Seventies this number was reduced to
24, including two dancers.
«Song of Ataman Platov», for males-voice choir arranged by Serge Jaroff, circa 1925.
"I am gratefull to Don Cossack Chorus of Serge Jaroff
for the strongest and the most vivid impressions
that Choir gave to me.
Max Reinhardt, Leopoldskron, August 1924.
Don Cossack Chorus of Serge Jaroff during a Concert. In 1965.
March 20, 1896 (April 1 by New Style)
Makariev, Kostroma Province, Russia
Serge Alexeyevich Jaroff was born as oldest son of a merchant family.
Serge was admitted to the Moscow Synodal school that prepared singers for church services.
Serge sings the boys solo «We Hymn Thee» in the original performance of Sergey Rachmaninov's liturgy by the Moscow Synodal Choir.
Most of the singers who later performed in the Don Cossacks Choir had been members of the Don divisions since the war in 1914.
Serge graduated from the Moscow Synodal school after sucessfull passing the exams.
During Bolshevik's coup d'état and the following civil war, the brigades of Don Cossacks combat for White Army.
Moscow Synodal Choir was disbanded
The Don divisions were driven away to the Crimean by the Red Army
1921, January, Chilingir (Turkey)
Serge Jaroff put together a choir from Russian refugees in the internment camp in Chilingir near Constantinople (Istanbul)
1921, March Lemnos (Greece)
The 3th Don division in March 1921 was interned on the Mediterranean Sea-island Lemnos (Greece) where Jaroff with his choir earned success with the English (who had a base on this island), the French (responsible for protection) and the Greek islander.
The troops were shipped from Chilinger to the little Bulgarian city Burgas.
On behalf of these troops the Russian representative asked Jaroff and his choir to join the church.
They gave the first performance and earned 240 lew, i.e. 8 German marks or 2 dollars.
1923, June 23, Sofia
In the cathedral of Sofia, the Don Cossacks Choir Serge Jaroff broke through in West-Europe.
The choir consisted of 32 professional singers.
1923, July, Vienna
The first professional appearance in the Viennese Hofburg.
Don Cossacks Choir gave its first concerts in Switzerland.
Since they had transit visas, they were asked to leave the country within 24 hours,
so they had to move out immediately after the concert in Neuchatel.
1924, Spring Nizza, Antibes (France)
Don Cossacks Choir gave its first concerts in France.
1924, Spring Geneva, Milan, Turin (Italy)
Don Cossacks Choir gave its first concerts in Italy.
Prologed stay in Arona near Lago Maggiore. The concerts in surrounding cities
were they get walking.
Stuttgart, Frankfort on the Main, Munich, Breslau (Germany)
Don Cossacks Choir gave its first concerts in Germany.
In Munich their concert attended 84 years old Prince Alfonso Maria Giuseppe Alberto of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.
Òhe the choir consists of 35 members.
Henndorf am Wallersee (Austria)
Choir held its first 1.5 month relax vacation in Austria.
Don Cossacks Choir gave its first concerts in Holland.
Andrej Scholuch founded the famous "Ural Cossack Choir" in Paris.
Its members were cossacks from the Ural regiment the fled to France after Revolution of 1917.
This choir achieved great successes and toured all over the Europe.
1925 Frankfort on the Main (Germany)
Serge Jaroff made first gramophone records of his Don Cossacks Choir sponsored by Südwest-Deutschen Konzertdirektion Frankfurt am Main.
There first acoustic records were issued by Artiphon label.
Don Cossacks Choir of Serge Jaroff travelled from France through Australia and via New-Zealand back to Europe.
Nicolai Kostrukov founded the General Platoff Don Cossacks Choir.
Don Cossacks Choir of Serge Jaroff gave its 100th concert.
Boris Alexandrov founded the first military choir of the young Soviet union with twelve soldiers of the Red Army
in Moscow from which the Sing-and-Dance ensemble of the Red Army was founded during the following years.
In October 12, 1928 the choir gave its first concert in Red Army Central House that is considered as its Bithday.
Serge Jaroff married in the Russian-orthodox church at Nachodstrasse in Berlin.
1929, September Dresden (Germany)
The Textbook of the Don Cossacks Choir under the direction of conductor Serge Jaroff recited hymns and songs
consisting of 30 pages and edited by J.J. Mulmann was published. It held 24 reissues thereafter.
Since 1930 the Don Cossacks Choir Serge Jaroff gave 250 concerts for sold-out theatres pro year.
Up to 1939 the choir performed 10 to 20 weeks yearly in the USA and Canada, the rest of the time tours in Europe.
The choir spent the vacations in Austrian and German health resorts.
In these years the choir stayed in Berlin and the choir recorded 9 small movies and 2 big movies.
1931, Berlin (Germany)
The book «Serge Jaroff and his Don Cossacks Choir» was published by Emilian Klinsky in Russian language.
1933, Leipzig (Germany)
The book «Forty Don Cossacks conquer the World - S. Jaroff and his Don Cossacks Choir» was published
by Emilian Klinsky in Matthes publishing house in German language.
Nikolai Tripolitoff founded «Volga Cossacks Choir»
1937, November 2, Missouri (USA)
Don Cossacks Choir of Serge Jaroff gave its concert in the University of Missouri.
Boris Ledkowsky formed the «Black Sea Cossacks Choir»
During a tour in America the Don Cossacks Choir Serge Jaroff got surprised by war breaking out - the singers
again had no home. Later they would get the American citizenship and settle in New York.
Until 1944 the choir travelled in Mexico, Cuba, South- and Central-America. In Hollywood were recorded 3 big
and 7 small films.
The Ural-Cossacks disbanded their choir and the members left to all corners of the world.
Between 1950 and 1955 Andrej Scholuch directed the «Black Sea Cossacks Choir». They mostly perform liturgical concerts.
The Don Cossacks Choir of Serge Jaroff performed for the first time since the end of the war in the Berlin
Sports palace. The tickets on four concerts were immediately sold out, so they had to add few more.
The choir mainly gave concerts in churches under the patronage of the "Inneren Mission der Evangelischen Kirche Bruderhilfe".
Boris Ledkowsky took over the artistic direction of the Black Sea Cossacks Choir from Sergej Horbenko.
The Choir mostly performs in churches.
1960, USA, Canada, Germany
Platoff Don Cossacks sang under direction of Nikolai Kostrukov.
The Choir tour all over the world, biggest success had in Germany.
«Ural Cossacks Choir» under the direction of Andrej Scholuch undertook its last tour.
Sergej Nazarko took on the artistic direction of the Choir and Orchestra of the Red Army.
1979, March 20, Paris
On his 83rd birthday Serge Jaroff with the choir gave the last concert in Europe.
The choir was disbanded and Serge Jaroff transfered the rights to his choir to Otto Hofner.
1985, October 5 Lakewood, New Jersey (USA)
Serge Jaroff died in the age of 89.
1986, Cologne, Germany
Otto Hofner reassembled the choir with Michael Minsky as conductor and Nicolai Gedda as soloist.
2001, Cologne, Germany
Otto Hofner transfered the rights of the Jaroff's choir to the youngest member of choir Wanja Hlibka
"Some Cossacks of the choir remained in Australia, they were fed up with the wanderers life,
bought on saved money land and changed the occupation of the homeless singers to farmer workers
once again. Cossack was pulled back to the mother earth. The parting with dear old friends who
had shared with us for so long all sufferings and little joys was hard for both."
Serge Jaroff, 1931.
Passport's list with passport number, name and birthday of each chorist, about 1929 (collection Nicolai Gedda, Tolonchenaz, Switzerland)
"I went to their concerts on two occasions, once with my father, who was born in Russia and came to the U.S. in 1915, and the other with 3 members of my choral group. Both concerts were held in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Auditorium. The hall was full on both occasions. They were extremely popular in cities such as New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles. Jaroff as I remember was a short man compared to the singers, they all came out on stage as though they owned it, and after the first song they did.
The time I went with my father, some of the group came down into the audience while singing and shook hands with people. My father and I were seated on the main floor and shook hand with 2 of them, quite exciting. At both concerts they took numerous encores, the audience did not want the concert to end. Hearing them live in a concert atmosphere is something I'll never forget, their tonal range and presentation was unbelievable.
I was first introduced to this group while being a member of a boys choral group during 1945-48. Our director brought in some recordings of theirs and told us to listen to this, and as she put it, we were hearing perfection in singing and direction by a choral group. She taught us the Jaroff Cossack style of sustaining sung notes for a long period of time by the use of counter-breathing. This is taking a breath of air after the singer next to you has taken his breath and on and on. In this way the audience hears a continuos sung note or notes, to the audience, it seems the music is being sung on one breath of air." Al Shubin, Whittier, California, June 12, 1999
"When I started searching in 1994, before I was on the net, I first wrote to every publisher in the Swann catalog who dealt in Eastern European music. Most ignored me. I then began writing to U.S. Universities that had a Russian Dept. Some responded in the negative. It was sung by the emigre choir, Don Cossacks in the 1929's and 30's. The original members naturally died off." Ronald Fialcowitz, Santa Ana, California, March 2, 1998
"My wife, nee Alla Tamara Nicolievna Legarova, as a little girl in the 1930's, in her parents' New York City apartment, was serenaded by members of the Don Cossacki. My father-in-law had been a pilot in the Czar's Air Force." Ronald Fialcowitz, Santa Ana, California, December 28, 1999.
"Since 1994, I have been trying to locate the Don Cossacki. Saw one of the performances of the 2nd generation group in Garden Grove, California, probably in the late 1960's." Ronald Fialcowitz, Santa Ana, California, January 2, 2000.
"The tapes came in today. In a way I hesitated to open your package. I couldn't believe the search was finally over. Looking back now, I remember every year or so my wife would make the same remark, »I guess I'll never hear that song again«. I didn't pay too much attention. It might show up somehow. But one time I finally realized what she was saying. She was convinced she would never hear it again." Ronald Fialcowitz, Santa Ana, California, February 11, 2000.
"My wife for a few moments, she again was a little girl. She told me a few more details about those visits.
Cartoon by baritone soloist and artist George Keikuatov, collection Oleg and Katya Keikuatov.
The Don Cossacki would tease her a little. They would ask her «Allachka, what do you want us to sing now?» And she would clap her hands and say «My song, my song». She also said they could hit a note and hold it, and the walls would seem to vibrate. " Ronald Fialcowitz, Santa Ana, California, March 8, 2000.
"It is wonderful to hear my dad's voice over the internet. He would have been awestruck and very happy. When he gave a speech at his 80th birthday celebration he said that he wished that he would be remembered for his singing in the Don Cossack Chorus and his wish has come true." George Artemoff, Sausolito / California, October 26th, 2000
"I have just read the list of passports of Choir members, c. 1930. Is that Nicolai Gedda from whose collection it came, THE Nicolai Gedda, the opera singer? If so, we are in exalted company. Of course, we (children of Don Cossack Choir members) have always been in exalted company - but we just didn't fully realise that, as children." Mona Finley, Australia, 4 July 2000
One of the chorists, Chaly, had a bag full of pots and cooking spoons - then he prepared borscht in his hotel room. Michael Minsky, Koren Kerken en Kozakken, page 74, from the Dutch
"I remember how my father told me of Chaly, and how he would indeed cook borscht in the hotel. Apparently, the aroma was overpowering ... the hotel staff was furious ... and so was Jaroff. And there was a problem almost every morning with Struve and the kitchen help - all because Struve wanted his breakfast eggs prepared just right. But the poached eggs were never to his liking..." Oleg Keikuatov, 10 May 2000
The record titles provided "as is" without translation in English
Records on 78 / 80 RPM 12"
A Don Cossack Concert (Columbia da247-1/8 / 4 records set)
A Hazel Tree (Col 7636-M / MM844-4)
A Hazel Tree (Col C16259 - d247-4/6)
Abendglocken · Drei Russische Volkslieder (Col 11672 / CX11672 / #C11672)
Abendglocken · Serenade (Col DZX22)
Aljoscha's Lied · Reigenlied (Col 11813 / # C11813)
Aljoscha's Song · Two Wedding Songs (Col DOX158)
La chanson d'Aljoscha · Deux vieux chants d'epousailles (DFX74)
An Old Polka · Panihida · Two Cossack Songs (Col 7240-M)
Auf der Petersburger L... · Eintönig klingt hell ... (Südwest-Deutsche Konzertdirektion 7126 / 7128)
Auf der Petersburger L... · Eintönig klingt hell ... (Artiphon 7126 / 7128)
Auf der Petersburger L... · Der rote Sarafan (Artiphon 7126 / 7125)
Aus dem Aufstieg des Don Kosaken-Chores · Terek und Kuban Kosakenlied (Col DW4452)
Aus dem Aufstieg des Don Kosaken-Chores · Terek und Kuban Kosaken-Lied (Col DO1852)
Aus der Abendliturgie · Ich glaube (Col DWX1601)
Barinja · Rundtanz (Col DX51)
Barinja · Zwei alte Hochzeitslieder (Col 11812 / #C11812)
Barynja · Reigenlied (Col 50264-D)
Blessed Art Thou O Lord · The Lord's Prayer (Col 7633-M / MM844-1/8)
Blessed Art Thou O Lord · The Lord's Prayer (Col C16256 / d247-8)
Coronation Scene · Overture 1812 (Col 7363-M)
Cossacks' Lullaby · Lord Protect Us (Col 7226-M)
Dark Eyes · Snowstorm (Col 7546-M /MM619)
Der Haselstrauch · Die zwölf Räuber (Col DWX5066)
Der rote Sarafan · Prinz Oleg (Col DWX5000-1)
Die Nachtigall · Don Kosakenlied (Col DO3627)
Dobrynja Nikitsch · Sadko Hindoolied (Col 7342-M)
Don Cossack Concert (Columbia MM-844 / 4 records set)
Don Cossacks On The Attack · Three Cossack Songs (Col 7399-M / M542-1/2)
Drei Kosakenlieder · Wolgalied (Columbia DWX5011)
Don Cossacks On The Attack · Three Cossack Songs (Col 7532-M / M542-1/2)
Ehi ouchnem · Die zwölf Räuber (Artiphon 7124 / 7127)
Einsam klingt das kleine Glöckchen (Col DZX21)
Erster Psalm David's · Gott, höre mein Gebet (Col 11817 / Col C11817s)
Evening Bells · Kama Song (Col 7370-M)
Evening Bells · Kama Song (Col C15354)
First Psalm Of David · Save, Oh God, Thy People (Col 7272-M)
From The Evening Liturgy · I believe (Col 7355-M)
Gelobt bist du , o Herr · Platoff Lied (Südwest-Deutsche Konzertdirektion 7120 / 7122)
Gelobt bist du , o Herr · Platoff Lied (Artiphon 7120 / 7122)
Gentlewomen · Circle Song (Col 7227-M)
God Hear My Prayer · First Psalm Of David (Col DOX6)
God Hear My Prayer · Requiem (Col 7352-M)
Herr bewahre · Rette oh Gott Dein Volk (Col 9910 / #C9910)
Herr erbarme dich - 1. Psalm Davids · Ich bete an die ... - Rette, o Gott ... (DG 72453)
Herr, erbarme dich unser · 1. Psalm Davids (DG 72435)
Hindu-Lied · On Saturday (Col 5067 / Col DWX5067)
How Glorious · Two Old Wedding Songs (Col 7220-M)
Tri Piesni · Kolj Slavenj (Col 9438)
Hymn Of Penitence · Now Let Us Depart - mit Feodor Schaljapin (His Master's Voice DB1510)
Ich bete an die Macht der Liebe · Wir singen für dich (Col 11669 / #C11669 / CX11669)
Ich glaube (Credo) · Herr, öffne mir die Türen (Telefunken E1908)
In The Church · The Volga Song (Col 7333-M)
In Praise Of Rasberries · Song Of Stenka Razin (Col 7451 / M619-5/6)
In Praise Of Rasberries · Song Of Stenka Razin (Col C15953 - D159-5/6)
In The Forest · Platoff's Song (Col 7233-M)
In The Forest · Responsory 11 (Col DX374)
In The Forest (V temnom lece) · Platoff's Song (Col 50295-D)
Kanawka - Dudka · Stenka Rasin (Col 9493 / C9493 / CX9493)
Kaukasisches Gebet - Tanz · Weihnachtslied (Telefunken E1875)
Korsaken-Wiegenlied · Herr Gewahre (Col 50263-D)
Kosaken Marschlied · Tebe pojem (Col AX9186)
Kosaken Wiegenlied (Cossack's Cradle Song) · In der Kirche (In The Church) (Col 9839 / #C9839)
March Prince Oleg · The Red Sarafan · Krasnij Sarafan (Col DOX153)
March Prince Oleg · The Red Sarafan (Col DX196)
Merry-Go-Round - Blind Man Sings An Old Ballad · Two Dancing Songs (Col 7449-M / M619-1/2)
Monotonously Rings The Little Bell · Evening Bells (Col DCX106)
Monotonously Rings The Little Bell · Song Of The Volga Boatmen (Col 7303-M)
Monotonously Rings The Little Bell · Song Of The Volga Boatmen (Col 9085 / C9085 / CX9085)
Monotonously Rings The Little Bell · Song Of The Volga Boatmen (Col 5066-M)
On Saturday · Twelve Robbers (Col 7635 / M-844)
On Saturday · Twelve Robbers (Col C16258 - d247-3/6)
On The Black Horse · Two Soldiers' Songs (Col 7400-M / M542-3/4)
On The Black Horse · Two Soldiers' Songs (Col 7533-M / M542-3/4)
On The Road To St. Petersburg · The Twelve Robbers (Col 9155 / #C9155 / CX9155)
Platoff's Song · We Praise Thee, O Lord (Col 9186 / #C9186)
Panihida · An Old Polka (Col 50305-D)
Requiem · Kanawka - Dudka (Col 11670)
Responsorium · Volkslieder (Col DWX1579)
Russian Fair (4 records Col m-619 / 4 records set)
Russian Fair (4 records Col D159)
Russian Fair (Col C15951 / D159-1/2)
Russian Fair · Merry-Go-Round (Col 7543-M / M619)
Sailor's Song - In The Village · Lezgingka (Col 7401 / M542-5/6)
Sailor's Song - In The Village · Lezgingka (Col 7534 / M542-5/6)
Serenade · Vetshernij Svon (Col 9574)
Serenade · Vetshernij (Col 7195-M)
Serenade · Evening Bells (Col 50152-D)
Signalmarsch der Reiterei · Die gefangenen Kosaken (Artiphon 7121 / 7123)
Signalmarsch der Reiterei · Die gefangenen Kosaken (Südwest-Deutsche Konzertdir. 7121 / 7123)
Snow Storm · Song Of Stenka Razine (Col DCX75)
Snowstorm · Dark Eyes (Col 7452-M / M619-7/8)
Snowstorm · Dark Eyes (Col C15954 / D159-7/8)
Song Of The Indian Guest · On Saturday (Col DX1647)
Song Of The Indian Guest ·The Sailors (Col 7634-M / M-844)
Song Of The Indian Guest · The Sailors (Col C16257 - d247-2/7)
Stenka Rasin (Wolga-Wolga) · Serenade (Col 11671)
Song of Stenka Razin · In Praise of Rasberries (Col 7545-M / M619)
The Don Cossacks On The Attack! (Col m-542 / 4 records set)
The Don Cossacks On The Attack! (Col m-542 / 4 records set 7532 - 7535)
The Exchange Of Diplomatic Notes With The Turkish Sultan (Col 7493-M)
The Imprisoned Cossacks · Signal March Of The Cavalry (Col 9154 / #C9154)
The Recruit's Last Day · Song Of The Plains (Col 7402 / M542-7/8)
The Recruit's Last Day · Song Of The Plains (Col 7535 / M542-7/8)
The Red Sarafan · Three Cossack Songs (Col 7250-M)
Three Russian Folk Songs · Kanawka (Col 7330)
Tschubariki · Die Legende von den 12 Räubern (Col DX1639)
Tschubariki - Haselstrauch · Die Legende von den 12 Räubern (Col DX1639)
Two Guitars · Monotonously rings the little bell (Col 7450-M / M619-3/4)
Two Guitars · Monotonously rings the little bell (Col C15952 - D159-3/4)
Two Guitars · Black Eyes (Ultraphon E14250)
Who Can Equal Thee? · Responsory XI (Col 7325-M)
Zwei alte Hochzeitslieder · Ich bete an die Macht der Liebe (Col 50239-D)
Zwei Gitarren · Schwarze Augen (Telefunken E1852)
Song of the Volga Boatmen
Hey you, Winter, Winter and song About Lieutenant Chikchiroff
Song About Pakhom
Records on 78 / 80 RPM 10"
Abendglocken · Die Legende von den 12 Räubern (DG 62920)
Abschied · Wolgaschlepper (DG 62919)
The Rise of the Don Cossacks · Terek and Kuban Cossacks (Col 4217-M)
Ave Maria · Hospodi Polmilui (Col 4278-M)
Der rote Sarafan · Zwei Gitarren (DG 62915)
Die Nachtigall · Don Kosaken Lied (Col DB1733)
Dir singen wir · Die Nachtigall (Col 17136-D)
Dir singen wir · Zwei russische Volkslieder (Col DW4450)
Don-Kosaken-Lied · Die Nachtigall (Col DW4451)
Eintönig klingt hell das Glöcklein · Stenka Rasin (DG 62917)
Es wird im Walde gesagt · Himbeerernte (DG 62916)
In The Smithy · Two Russian Folksongs (Col 4163-M)
Leutnant Tschitschireff · Sinja Dudka (Col DZ666)
Love Of Homeland · Two Peasant Songs (Col 4261-M)
Love Of Homeland · Two Peasant Songs (Col 10047)
Recollections Of Tschaikovsky (Col DO2778)
Recollections Of Tschaikovsky (Col C10091)
Recollections Of Tschaikovsky (Col 30112)
Recollections Of Tchaikovsky (Col 4280-M)
Reitermarsch · Kosakenlied vom Ataman Platoff · und andere (DG 62918)
Song About Lieutenant Chikchiroff · Song About Pakhom (Col 4503-M)
The Lord's Prayer · Song Of The Volga Boatmen (Col 4276-M)
The Lord's Prayer · Song Of The Volga Boatmen (Col C16256 - d247-1/2)
The Regiment Was Riding · Parting (Col 4284-M)
Records on 78 / 80 RPM of undefined size
Aljoscha's Song (Col DX129)
Aljoscha's Song · Two Old Wedding Songs (J3141)
Boublizki · Kosaken Marschlied - Zigeunerlied (Col DC62)
Der rote Sarafan · Prinz Oleg (Col DWX1360)
Dudka - Kanawka · Stenka Razine (Col J3153)
Evening Bells · Serenade (Col J3080)
Folk Song - In The Smithy (Col 4183-M)
God, Hear My Prayer · First Psalm David (Col DX12)
In der Kirche · Kosaken Wiegenlied
March Prince Oleg · Red Sarafan (Col 3174)
Recollections Of Tschaikowsky (Col 4180-M)
Safe, O Lord, Thy People (Col 9410)
Serenade · Vetshernij Svon (C9074)
Serenade · Vetshernij Svon (DO9074)
Song About Lieutnant Chichiroff · Song About Pakhom (Col DC411-CO36016)
Song Of The Volga Boatmen · Monotonously Rings The Little Bell (J3012)
Stenka Rasin (Col BW287)
The Red Sarafan · Three Cossack Songs (Col 50327-D)
Barinya - Auf dem Flusse Kasanke · Reigenlied - Kosakenlied (CoV 50265-D[BW])
Long Playing Records on 33 RPM 16"
Muzak Transcriptions: Associated Music Publishers N.Y. 2.10.1937 (60,135-B)
Tschaikowsky Symph. No.5 (Muzak Transcr., Assoc. Music Publ., N.Y. 2.10.1937 (60,055-B)
Jolly Popular Songs (Muzak Transcr., Assoc. Recorded Program Service, N.Y. 2.10.1937 (60,044-A)
Muzsak Transcriptions: Assoc. Music Publ. N.Y. 4.12.1936 (60,023-A)
Holy Night: Muzak Transcription, Associated Music Publishers, N.Y. (60,017-A)
Volga Song: Associated Program Service (60,023-A)
Long Playing Records on 33 RPM 12"
Don Cossack Chorus of Serge Jaroff also performed songs in German.
On this record recorded Christmas Carols.
20 Don Kosaken Hits (Arcade/Polydor 2475602)
50 Jahre Don Kosaken Chor (2 LP Kassette Polydor 9233)
50 Jahre Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff (2 LP ex libris XL 171206 / 2437 017)
50 Jahre Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff (Polydor 92700)
50 Jahre Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff (Polydor SFGLP78260)
50 Jahre Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff - Don Kosaken Portrait (2 LP Polydor 92648/49/50)
Abendglocken (Pol 775577)
Abendglocken (Pol 32605-6)
Abendglocken (DG 3192529)
Abendglocken (Polydor / Excellent 2482563)
Abendglocken (Pol 400150)
Abendglocken Chöre von Wolga und Don (DG / Favorit 2535661)
Abendglocken (Pol 46893)
Abendglocken (Pol 2485218)
Along The Volga (Decca DL9985)
An den Ufern des Don (Polydor 249069)
Auf einem russischen Jahrmarkt (Decca SLK86001-P)
Auf einem russischen Jahrmarkt (DG Stereo 136041 / Mono 19209 / C11960)
Ave Maria (DG 136544)
Choeurs Religieux Russes (DGG 19385)
Choral Masterpieces Of The Russian Orthodox Church (# Decca DL9403 / DL79403)
Choral Masterpieces Of The Russian Orthodox Church (Coral COCS1247)
Christmas Music And Corals (CHS 1191)
Cossack Songs From The Don (London SW99423)
Cossack Songs From The Don (London TW91423)
Dark Eyes (MGW 5169 - japanische Ausgabe)
Das Don Kosaken-Lied (MCA H274/3)
Das Leben für den Zaren (2 LP Heliodor 2700101)
Das grosse Jubiläumskonzert (DG 2630019)
The Divine Liturgy - Entrance (2 LP Decca DXD-158)
Das grosse Jubiläumskonzert (2 LP Kassette Polydor 2437017/18 - 2630019)
Das grosse Jubiläumskonzert (Polydor 65014)
De Don Kozakken zingen (Brunswick BVD173252)
Der Don Kosaken Chor (Decca H213)
Der Don Kosaken-Chor (Coral COPS1014)
Der Don Kosaken Chor (Signal 121508.6)
Der Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff (Discoton 72030 - 72031)
Der Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff singt Lieder aus Russland (DG 179004)
Der Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff singt Lieder aus Russland (DG 411002)
Moskauer Nächte (2 LP DG 2705022)
Die Don Kosaken - Folge 1 (CBS S52633)
Die Don Kosaken · Folge 1 (CBS S62508)
Die Don Kosaken - Folge 2 (CBS 52635)
Die Don Kosaken · Folge 2 (CBS 62524)
Die Don-Kosaken Singen (Decca BLK16308-P [Umschlag schlecht])
Die Don Kosaken singen ihre berühmtesten Lieder (DG 6057)
Die Don Kosaken und ihre Lieder (2 LP Karussell 2652006)
Die Don Kosaken und ihre Lieder (2LP DG 2436013 / 2436014)
Die grossen 12 (Pol 3192590)
Die zwölf Räuber (Medium / Polydor 656015)
Die schönsten russisch-orthodoxen Gesänge (Decca Stereo SXL21091-B / Mono BLK21091)
Divine Liturgy (2 LP Decca DXD-158)
Divine Liturgy · Requiem Mass (2 LP Decca DXSA7158)
Don Cossacks · Serge Jaroff (DG 644005)
Don Cossack Chorus (Polydor 2418033)
Don Kosakken Koor (Medium / Polydor 656007)
Don Kosaken (4 LP Kassette Das Beste Reader's Digest DKO7734)
Don Kosaken / Les grands succès des Cosaques du Don (DG 135027)
Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff (DG 136037)
The Dwelling Place. Choral Masterpieces of Russian Orthodox Church (LP Decca DL-9403)
Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff (Karussell 2876017)
Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff (Polydor / Karussell 535020)
Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff (DG Stereo 136457 / # Mono 19457)
Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff (DG 2563654)
Don Kosaken Gala (2 LP CBS S66265)
Don Kosaken in Gold (Polydor 2459375)
Don Kosaken Serge Jaroff (Polydor 2437352)
Don Kosakkenkoor (DG Polydor GS069)
Don Kosakken singen beroemde Liederen (DG / Polydor GS obg)
Easter Music (CHS 1192)
Ein Abend im Lande Schiwagos (Polydor 249344)
Ein Gala-Konzert mit dem Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff (Polydor 347831)
Eintönig hell klingt das Glöcklein (Pol 46892)
Erinnerung an den Don (MCA H275/0)
Festliches Abschiedskonzert der Don Kosaken (2 LP Polydor 2634007)
Gala Concert (2 LP MCA Coral 300802 / COPS7620/1-2)
Gala Russe (Decca Mono DL10026 / Stereo DL710026)
Gala Russe (Decca BLK16307-P)
Gala-Konzert (2 LP MCA Coral 6.28320)
Geistliche Chormusik aus Russland (DG Stereo 136385 / # Mono 19385)
Goldene Serie (Polydor 318766)
Goldstücke unvergänglicher Volksmusik (Karussell 2872261)
Hymne an die Sonne (DG 2538145)
Ich bete an die Macht der Liebe (Pol 46894)
Ihre Welterfolge (Polydor 63339)
Kalinka (DG / Special 2544115)
Kalinka (Heliodor 2548228)
Kosakenlieder vom Don (Polydor Stereo 237329 / Mono 46829)
La paque russe (MMS-3019)
Lieblings Melodien (Cosmic 08-024531-20
Lieder aus dem alten Russland (Karussell 2415112)
Lieder des russischen Volkes (DG 135123)
Lieder vom Don (Decca SLK16359-P)
Meadowland And Other Favorites (Decca Stereo / DL71076 /Mono DL710076)
Midnight in Moscow (DG 413257-1)
Moskauer Nächte - Midnight in Moscow (DG 136545)
Music for Millions (Polydor 810512-1)
On The River Don (Decca 10105)
Recital des Cosaques du Don (Col FSX109)
Religiöse Gesänge aus Russland - Russian Lenten Music (Concert Hall SMS2787)
Russian Fair (Decca Mono DL10016 / # Stereo DL710016)
Russian Fair (Brunswick AXTL 1087)
Russische Lieder und Chöre (DG 136555)
Russische Lieder und Chöre (DG 19235 / DG 136235)
Russian Song · Jaroff Women's Chorus (# Decca Stereo DL710019 / Mono DL10019)
Russische Lieder und Chöre (ex libris XL172039)
Russisch-orthodoxe Kirchenmusik - Liturgie und Requiem (2 LP Decca SXL21096/97-B)
Schwarze Augen (DG Stereo 19367 / Stereo 136367)
Schwarze Augen (Favorit 2535625)
Serge Jaroff und seine Don Kosaken (Luxor-Gold Populär GOL41004)
Songs Of Mother Russia (Decca DL9807)
Songs Of The Don (Baronet B-106)
Songs Of The Don Cossacks (Decca DL9947)
Stargala (2 LP Polydor 2664373)
Starportrait Don Kosaken (2 LP Polydor 251015/251016)
Star-Portrait (2 LP Kassette DG 2618003)
The Best Of Russian Folksongs - Moskauer Nächte (Polydor 2485064)
The Best Of Serge Jaroff And His Don Cossacks (DG 136554)
The Best Of The Don Cossacks (Polydor 184156)
The Don Cossacks (Col Stereo MS6013 / Mono ML5296)
Midnight in Moscow. Soloist V.Roland (Deutsche Grammophon 413 257-1)
The Don Cossack Choir - Die Don-Kosaken singen (Col 33JSX1008)
The Don Cossacks On Parade (Col ML4473)
Unsere Lieblingslieder (Polydor 2371460)
Volkslieder Hits (Polydor 2459042)
Volkslieder Hits (Ex Libris XL 175011)
Long Playing Records on 33 RPM 10"
Der Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff (DG 17096)
Der Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff (Atlas 5802)
Don Cossack Concert (Col ML2070)
Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff (DG 17067)
Don-Kosaken-Chor Favoriten (Philips S06719R)
Favorite Encores (Concert Hall M133)
Favorite Encores (CHS 1230)
Favorite Encores (MMS 133)
Gesänge aus dem alten Russland - Songs of Russia (DG 17019)
Gesänge der Kosaken (DG Stereo 133011)
Les Cosaques du Don (DG 20034)
Lieder vom Don (DG 17008)
Religious Music (Philips S06611R)
Religious Music sung by Don Cossack Chorus (Col ML2163)
Russian Christmas - Carols, Hymns and Lenten Music (MMS MMS69)
Russian Christmas - Carols, Hymns and Lenten Music (MMS M69)
Songs Of The Don (DG 17008)
Zwischen Wolga und Don (DG J73106)
Zwischen Wolga und Don (DG 74106)
EP Records on 45 RPM 7"
La Legende des douze brigands · Stenka Rasin (DG 32006)
Abendglocken · Die Legende von den 12 Räubern (DG 32006)
Abendglocken · Schwarze Augen · Grünes Gras und Kalinka · Lezginka (DG 30209)
Abendglocken · Stenka Rasin (DG D75101)
Abendglocken · Grünes Gras und Kalinka · Kosakenlied · Ataman Platoff (DG 121017)
Abendglocken · Eintönig hell klingt (DG 120005)
Alter Walzer · Ich bete an die Macht der Liebe · Der rote Sarafan (DG 121022)
Cherubin Hymne · Die goldene Biene (CBS 611)
Am Flusse Don · Kosaken-Feldmarschlieder · Alter Walzer (DG 30280)
Ansprache zum 70. Geburtstag · Ich bete an die Macht der ... (Lifeaufnahme; DG 102533)
Credo · Herr, erbarme dich unser · 1. Psalm Davids (DG 30034)
Credo · Gospodi pomiluj · Psalm 1 (DG 36034 EPL)
Das Leben für den Zaren · Rette, oh Gott, dein Volk (DG 121018)
Der rote Sarafan · Zwei Gitarren (DG 32001)
Der rote Sarafan · Moskauer Nächte (Pol 2136032)
Die Don Kosaken singen (DG E76118)
Die gefangenen Kosaken · Kosakenlied vom Ataman Platoff (DG 32004)
Die grossen Vier vom Don Kosaken Chor (2 Singles; Pol 2606016)
Die Petersburger Strasse entlang · Lzeginka (DG 32224)
Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff · 1.Folge (CBS EP6111)
Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff · 2. Folge (CBS EP6112)
Die Birke · Kadettenlied (DG 30598)
Easter Music (MMS-924)
Eintönig hell klingt das Glöcklein · Stenka Rasin (DG 30210)
Eintönig hell klingt das Glöcklein · Stenka Rasin (DG 32003)
Eintönig hell klingt das Glöcklein · Stenka Rasin (DG 120003)
Einönig hell ... Himbeerenrte · Wolgaschlepper ... ES wird im Walde(DG 121021)
Es wird im Walde gesagt · Himbeerernte (DG 32002)
Es wird im Walde gesagt · Eintönig klingt hell ... · Himbeerernte · Wolgaschlepper (DG 121021)
Grünes Gras und Kalinka · Schwarze Augen (DG 32223)
Herr, erbarme dich unser · Te Deum · 1. Psalm Davids (DG 121020)
Ich bete an die Macht der Liebe · Rette, o Gott dein Volk (DG 32008)
In der Kirche · Rette, o Gott, dein Volk (DG 30279)
Kosaken-Feldmarschlieder · Die Legende von den 12 Räubern · Reitermarsch (DG 121019)
La Legende des douze brigands · Stenka Rasin (DG 32006)
Les yeux noirs · Monotonously Rings The Little Bell (DG 32305)
Russian Songs - Vol.1 (Philips 409138AE - ABE10229)
Russian Songs - Vol.3 (Philips 409163AE - ABE10231)
Serge Jaroff's Don Kosaken singen deutsche Volkslieder (Polydor Stereo 224056 / Mono 21056)
Serge Jaroff's Don Kosaken singen deutsche Weihnachtslieder (Polydor Stereo 224471 / Mono 21471)
The Don Cossack Chorus (Concert Hall V-558)
Weihnachtstroparion und andere (33 U/Min.; Varieton E4KW4472)
Zwei japanische Volkslieder: Kojo no tsuki · Itsuki no komorjuta (DG DN-2)
Wolgaschlepper · Abschied (DG 32005)
Reel to Reel Tapes and Audiocassettes
Abendglocken (Musikkassette Polydor 734053)
Abendglocken (Musikkassette Karussell 823203-4)
Abendglocken (Musikkassette Polydor 33696-6)
Abendglocken (Musikkassette DG 3335661)
An den Ufern des Don (Musikkassette Polydor 911117)
Der Don Kosaken Chor (Signal 521508.0)
Don Kosaken (Musikkkassette Polydor 3158073)
Don Kosaken Chor (Musikkassette Karussell 3476017)
Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff · Don Cossack Choir (Reel To Reel Tape DG DGC6457)
Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff (Musikkassette Karussell 3157009)
Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff (Musikkassette DGG 922013)
Cossack Songs from the Don (Reel To Reel Tape London LPL70124)
Gala Russe (Reel To Reel Tape Decca ST7-10026)
Russian Fair (Reel To Reel Tape Decca T7-10016)
Lieder aus dem alten Russland (Karussell 3157235)
Schwarze Augen (Musikkassette DG 423770-4)
Schwarze Augen (Musikkassette DG 3335625)
Songs Of The Don Cossacks (Reel To Reel Tape DG 6385)
Stargala (Musikkassette Polydor 3578373)
Stenka Rasin (Reel To Reel Tape DG 6547)
The Best of the Don Cossacks (Musikkassette DG 922030)
Tchaikowky 1812 Overture (DG 3335125)
Unsere Lieblingslieder (Pol 3150460)
Zwischen Wolga und Don (Musikkassette Polydor 911095)
Zwischen Wolga und Don (Musikkassette Polydor 995009)
20 Volkslieder Hits (LP 33 U/Min. 12" Arcade/Polydor 2475101)
20 neue Langspielplatten (Single 45 U/Min. 7" Pol 002515)
70 Years Of Musical Excellence ·1929 -1999 (CD Teldec 3984-26919-2)
1812 (LP33 U/Min. 12" DG 2538142)
Aan de oevers van de Don (DG CS051)
An Wolga und Don (Pol 43014, Single 45 U/Min.)
Anuschka (4 LP Marcato 92396)
An den Ufern des Don (LP 33 U/Min. 12" Polydor P73675)
Aus Russlands Steppe · Im Lande Schiwagos (LP 33 U/Min. 12" Pol H868/2)
Die grosse Weihnachts-Starparade (2 LP 33 U/Min. 12" Polydor 2634054)
Die schönsten Chöre (Die Neue 2437380)
Die schönsten Chöre der Welt (Marcato 466730)
Die schönsten Chöre der Welt (2 LP 33 U/Min. 12" Polydor 2630072)
Die Startrommel · Ihr Wunsch ist Trumpf (LP 33 U/Min. 12" Polydor 2459124)
Famous Russian Choirs from the 30's and 40's (CD EPM Musique 995852)
Frohe Weihnacht (LP 33 U/Min. 12" Constanze 109517)
Hifi Stereo Festival I (LP 33 U/Min. 12" DG 643006)
Hörproben - Unsere Frühlingsparade (LP 33 U/Min.Telefunken · Decca · RCA Victor MU89)
Ich bete an die Macht der Liebe (2 LP 33 U/Min. 12" Polydor 2634021)
Kalinka (2 LP 33 U/Min. 12" CBS S66283)
Koorklanken (2 LP 12" Dureco Benelux 2L81.013/14)
Lieder aus dem alten Russland (LP 33 U/Min. 12" Polydor 46574)
Lieder der Russischen Seele (5 CD Das Beste Reader's Digest LRS 21727973)
The Solemn Funeral Service for the Russian Imperial Family and all the Victims of Communist Terror at July 17th, 1968
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov · Peter I. Tchaikovsky (CD DG 463614-2)
Perlen der Chormusik (5 CD Das Beste Reader's Digest PDC7045)
Peter Tschaikowsky (CD DG 459384-2)
Stars wünschen frohe Weihnachten (LP 33 U/Min. 12" Polydor 2437151)
Taiga-Träume (2 LP 33 U/Min. 12" Polydor 420430)
Tschaikowsky · Ouvertüre Solennelle »1812« (LP 33 U/Min. 12" DG 2535125)
Tschaikowski · Ouvertüre Solonnelle »1812« (LP 33 U/Min. 12" DG 139029)
Weihnachtsmarkt (LP 33 U/Min. 12" Polydor 237986)
Winterzeit - Weihnachtszeit (LP 33 U/Min. 12" Karussell 2415139)
Zwischen Wolga und Don · Im Lande Schiwagos (LP 33 U/Min. 12" Polydor 249201)
Russischer Chor - Alexander Chevtchenko
* Über Täler und Hügel · Das Glöckchen (Pol 11747, 78 rpm, 10")
Deine Burg erblicke ich ... · Wir beten zu deinem Kreuz (gemischter Chor, Pol 11859, 78 rpm, 10")
Der Feldweg · Die Blumen blühten (Männerchor, Pol 11881, 78 rpm, 10")
Die graue Taube · Übernacht, Dunja (Pol 11985, 78 rpm, 10")
Wie die Wellen - Es ist nicht der Herbstregen (Pol 12071)
# Das Glöckchen · Über Täler und Hügel · Aufn. 1947 (Pol 11747)
Choir of Black Sea Cossacks · Sergey Horbenko The Evening Bells (Vox STPL 515.040)
Ural Kosaken Chor · Andrej Scholuch
Die Huld des Friedens · Dir singen wir (Pol 19819, 78 rpm, 12")
Der Kuckuck · Zwei Kosakenlieder (OdeonO-29096)
Legende von den 12 Räubern · Abendglocken (HMV 19798, 78 rpm, 12")
Stenka Rasin · Der rote Sarafan (HMV 19800, 78 rpm, 12")
"1812" Overture · Part I. (Pol 857bm, 78 rpm, 12")
"1812" Overture · Part I (Pol 95054, 78 rpm, 12")
"1812" Overture · I. Teil (DG 95054, 78 rpm, 12")
"1812" Overture · II. Teil (DG 95055, 78 rpm, 12")
Legende von den 12 Räubern · Abendglocken (DG 15445, 78 rpm, 12")
Ej Uchnem · Anruf an die Kosaken (Pol 19823, 78 rpm, 12")
Hej, Hej · Signal-Marsch (Pol 21327)
Russisches Potpourri (Pol 19799)
Panichida · Remontrances de la Gand'Mere (Pol 19821, 12")
Chant populaire Ukrainien · La Bell-Mere (Pol 19824, 12")
Choir of Black Sea Cossacks · Andrej Scholuch
Abendglocken · Einsam klingt das kleine Glöckchen (Col DW5330, 78 rpm, 10")
Die zwölf Räuber · Stenka Rasin(Col DW5332, 78 rpm, 10")
Poljuschko · Gesang der Wolgaschiffer (Col DW 5331, 78 rpm, 10")
Choir of Black Sea Cossacks · Sergey Horbenko
The Cossacks (Vox STPL 515.040, 12")
Kedroff Quartett (Kedroff Male Quartette)
Song Of The Volga Boatmen · Olaf Trigwason (Col 9344 - AX1988/AX1989, 78 rpm, 12")
Song Of The Volga Boatmen · Olaf Trigwason (Col L1577 - AX577/AX578, 78 rpm, 12")
Serenade-nocturne · Pootpourri of Russian songs (Col 9345 - AX1990/AX1991, 78 rpm, 12")
Valse · Two Russian Folk Songs (Col D1551, 78 rpm, 10")
Two Russian Folk Songs · Church Bells of Novgorod (Col D1530, 78 rpm, 10")
Quatuor Kedroff (SM 33-28, LP 10")
Serenade nocturne · Contredanse (Col L1835, 12")
Serenade melancolique · Ilia Muometz (Col D1534, 10")
Deux chansons populaires russes · Valse chantee (Col D1552, 12")
Deux Chants populaires russes · Chant Circassien (Col 4803, 10")
Les Cloches de l'Eglise de Novgorod · La Vie pur le Tzar (Col 4804, 10")
Chor der Kuban-Kosaken · Semjon Ignatieff
Die gefangenen Kosaken · Jägermarsch (Electrola EJ46, 78 rpm, 12")
Der Reifen platzte am Wasserkübel - Ach du ... · Nächtliche Heerschau (Electrola EJ48, 78 rpm, 12")
Kuban Kosaken-Chor · Leonid Iwanoff
Meteliza (HMV 667, 78 rpm, 10")
Ei uchnem · Potpourri (HMV 702, 78 rpm, 10")
Lied der Wolgaschlepper · Stenka Rasin (Pol 45181, 78 rpm, 10")
Abendglocken · Ei Ukhnem (Homocord 4-3119, 78 rpm, 10")
Kuckuck und Nachtigall · Wanhka und Tanhka (Homocord 4-3118, 78 rpm, 10")
Chor der Don-Kosaken "Ataman General Kaledin" · N. Herzog von Leuchtenberg
Die Wolga abwärts · Einsam klingt das Glöckchen (HMV 47194, 78 rpm, 10")
Potpourri aus russischen Volksliedern (HMV 57067, 78 rpm, 12")
Die Wolga abwärts · Eintönig klingt das Glöckchen (Pol 47104, 78 rpm, 10")
Kosaken-Militärlied · Ukrainische Volkslieder (Pol 47105, 78 rpm, 10")
Platoff Donkosaken-Chor · N. Kostrjukoff
Kudjar · Platoff - Der Hopfen (Parl P9264, 78 rpm, 12")
Waltz · In 1793 (RCA 2185)
Kaleenka (Snowball Tree) · Borodin Galitskys Aria (from Prince Igor) (Viktor 9118, 78 rpm, 12")
Stenka Rasin · Lied der Wolga (Parl P9246, 78 rpm, 12")
Song Of The Tachanka · Nightingale (RCA 11-9229, 78 rpm, 12")
Monotonously rings · Song Of The Volga Boatmen (Parl E10854)
Nicht aus dem Wölkchen · Eintönig klingt (Parl P9262, 78 rpm, 12")
The 12 Robbers · Song Of The Volga Boatmen (Victor 11-8152, 78 rpm, 12")
Kanawka · Längs der Wolga (Parl P9247, 78 rpm, 12")
The evening bells · The snow has blown over Russia (Victoria 18236)
Monotonously rings the little bell · The red Sarafan (RCA Victor 11-8454, 12")
Borodino · Kanavoushka (RCA Victor 10-1115, 10")
Gesang der Wolgaschlepper · Wolgalied (Ultraphon A117, 78 rpm, 10")
Round The Hay Wain · A Russian Barcarolle (Col 9220, 80 rpm, 12")
Chanson des Hussards Noirs · Tristesse (Col 4423; 10")
Berceuse · Chansons Bohemiens (Col 4425, 10")
Pastorale · O Sing to Me the Old Scotch Songs (Col4424, 10")
Russian Imperial Singers
Evening Bells · The Steppes - Grandfather Pahom (Dec 2518, 78 rpm, 10")
The Vanished Youth · Soldier Song (Dec. 2515, 78 rpm, 10")
The Birch Tree · Family Quarrel (Dec 2519, 78 rpm, 10")
The Sleeping Lake · Kaleenka (Dec 2517, 78 rpm, 10")
Down By The River Volga · Moscow Street Songs (Dec 2514, 78 rpm, 10")
Songs Of The Reapers · Soldier Songs (Dec 2516, 78 rpm, 10")
Choeur de Cosques du Kouban · M. Chelouchin
* Pot-Pourri de chansons Ukranienes · Marche du Signal (HMV K22464, 78 rpm, 10")
Sadko-Quartett · Russisches Vocal-Quartett
Lied der Wolgaschiffer · Schliesse dich, schliesse dich Köpfchen (Artiphon 2652, 78 rpm)
Wiegenlied · Stromwärts fort mit Wolgawogen (Artiphon 2694/2695)
Cossack Orchestra and Singers
Monotonously Rings The Little Bell · Song Of The Volga Boatmen (Col DC31)
Männerchor A. Dubatoff
Zwölf Räuber · Das Echo im Walde (Od O-2427)
Kosakenlied · Tanzlied (Od O-2335)
Der Blaue Vogel · I. Jushny
Der Leierkasten · Die Kosaken (Parlophon P9297; 78 rpm, 12")
Russian Siberian Singers
In Church · Bless the Lord, Oh my Soul (Victor 4540; 78 rpm, 10")
Serenade-nocturne (Bayu bay) Kedrov Male Qartette (Columbia AX 1990) (From the collection of Alexey Kochanov)
General Platoff Don Cossacks Choir. Kanavoushka (Victor 10-1115-B)
General Platoff Don Cossacks Choir. Down Mother Volga (Parlophon P9247-II)
Russian Imperial Singers. Soldier Songs (Decca 2515 A )
Russian Siberian Singers. In Church (Victor-4540-A)
Serge Jaroff and his Don Cossack Chorus in German movie "Ja, ja die Liebe in Tirol" (1955 year)
Emilian Klinsky. Serge Jaroff and his Don Cossack Chorus (In Russian).
1. Emilian Klinsky. Serge Jaroff and his Don Cossack Chorus (In Russian). Berlin 1931.
2. S.A.Jaroff. Chapters from memoirs. Russain church music in documents and matherials, vol. I, Synodal Choir and Synodal Choral School. Reminiscences. Diaries. Letters. Moscow, 1998.
3. Emilian Klinsky. Vierzig Donkosaken erobern die Welt – S. Jaroff und sein Donkosakenchor. (in German) Leipzig, 1933.
4. Serge Jaroff · J.J. Mulmann. Textbuch der vom Donkosaken Chor unter der Leitung des Dirigenten Serge Jaroff vorgetragenen Gesänge und Lieder. Dresden, 1929.
5. Serge Jaroff. Textbuch der vom Donkosakenchor unter der Leitung von Serge Jaroff vorgetragenen Lieder. Dresden, 1928.
6. Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff. Eine Auswahl gern gehörter Lieder in deutscher Sprache. Ohne Jahr (ca 1970)
7. Programm Nr.1 Konzert Tournee 1969/70. Der weltberühmte Original Don Kosaken Chor Serge Jaroff singt altrussische Kirchenmusik, Volksweisen und berühmte Chorwerke. Köln 1969.
8. Programm Don Cossack Chorus · Serge Jaroff, Conductor. Columbia, 1937.
9. Abschiedskonzert · 50 Jahre Welterfolg · 75 Jahre Serge Jaroff. Köln 1971