Sunday evening listening. This is an aria from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s beloved work, Le Coq d’Or, sung by Dutch coloratura soprano Marianne Blok.
[Music] Khurmo Shirinova – Badakhshan
It looks like we’ve found an obscure little beastie upon our return. Khurmo Shirinova was a rather attractive singer from the Soviet Republic of Tajikistan who plied her trade and reached fame during the 1980s.
Sounds of Asia have done the world a fine service by reissuing this strangely charming Soviet pop gem.
[Video] Hamlet Gonashvili – Orovela
Hamlet Gonashvili possessed perhaps the most beautiful voice to ever come out of Georgia, which is no simple thing to claim. He died far too young after falling from an apple tree in 1985, but left an admirable body of work from his native homeland. This is, to me, his best work.