Georgij Vinogradov

Georgij Vinogradov was born in Kazan in 1908. He first studied the violin and viola at the Kazan school of music, and later was a student at the Military Academy of Communications.

In 1937, he studied at the Tatar Opera Studio in Kazan, and then completed his studies at the Moscow conservatory and was engaged as a soloist with the Soviet National Radio.

In 1943, Vinogradov became a soloist with the Soviet Army Song and Dance Ensemble, and as such sang at the front during World War II. He continued as a soloist with that group until 1951, when he became a permanent soloist with Moscow Radio, and also embarked on very successful concert tours.

Although he appears never to have performed on stage, he did participate in many radio performances of opera, among them Manon, Don Giovanni, Mignon and a number of Russian operas.

Although Soviet sources claim his career continued until 1963, Mikhail Alexandrovich, who knew him well, tells another story. According to Alexandrovich, Vinogradov got into a drunken brawl with some Polish officials soon after the war and so embarrassed the government that his career was effectively ended. Apparently Vinogradov hit the Polish officials and Stalin had to officially apologize!

This is borne out by the fact that a number of Soviet musical references published during the fifties and sixties don't mention him at all, although he was one of the most famous singers in Russia. In any case, there is little doubt that Vinogradov was one of the finest tenors in Russia in his time.

He died in Moscow in 1980.

At a completely unlikely time, in late January and early February 1945 (!), the Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble made a tour to Finland. Rytmi, an important Finnish record company anything but specialized in classical music, made a series of recordings with the soloists, Vinogradov of course being the star among them. Those Rytmi records are exceedingly rare, and it's not even clear whether all of them have ever been published. The following four sides are from Rytmi test pressings; the Sred shumnogo bala was actually published (Rytmi 2086 B), about the others I don't know. As for Kuda, kuda, they obviously recorded the aria, as customary, on two matrices, but with two takes each; my test record unites the two takes of the first half of the aria. Again, I have no idea whether any of the two takes was published, or whether any of the recordings of the second part has survived.

Georgij Vinogradov singsEvgenij Onegin: Kuda, kuda vy udalilis (first half only, take 1)

Georgij Vinogradov singsEvgenij Onegin: Kuda, kuda vy udalilis (first half only, take 2)

Georgij Vinogradov singsSred shumnogo bala (In the midst of the ball)

Georgij Vinogradov sings Ja zdes, Inezilya (Glinka)

Georgij Vinogradov sings V lesu prifrontom (In the forest by the frontline) (Blanter)

Georgij Vinogradov sings Mignon: Elle ne croyait pas, in Russian
In RA format

Georgij Vinogradov singsSorochinskaja jarmarka: Zachem ty, serdtse, rydaesh i stonesh?
In RA format
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the pictures and biographical notes, and for the recordings (Mignon, V lesu prifrontom).
I would like to thank Thomas Silverbörg for the recording (Sorochinskaja jarmarka).

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