Recordings and Discography


N.F. Kostruckoff

European Recordings (1930s)

P-9246-1 Stenka Razin
P-9246-2 Song of the Volga Boatmen
P-9247-1 Kanaka
P-9247-2 Down Mother Volga
P-9262-1 Cossack Song
P-9262-1 Monotonously Ring the Little Bells
P-9263-1 Serenade
P-9263-2 Evening Bells
P-9264-1 Glory to Platov / Cossack Song
P-9262-2 Legend of the Twelve Robbers

Victor Red Seal
USA Recordings (1940s)

11-8454 Monotonously Rings the Little Bell
The Red Sarafan
11-9118 Galitsky’s Aria, from “Prince Igor”
11-9220 Nightingale
Song of the Tachanka
18236 Snow Has Blown Over Russia
Those Evening Bells
11-8152 Song of the Volga Boatmen
Twelve Robbers
M-768 Blessed Be The Lord
Inspire My Prayer, O Lord
Song of the Seraphim and Cherubim
Pater Noster
Lord, Have Mercy
11-8514 Glory to Thee, O Lord
Save Thy People O God
10-1115 Borodino
2185 Waltz
In 1893

To the best of our knowledge and research, this discography lists all the recordings of the General Platoff Don Cossack Chorus.

The Parlophone recordings were also issued in Europe on the Odeon label.


Polydor (Europe) Recordings (c. 1930s):

Stenka Razin:

Song of the Volga Boatmen:

Down Mother Volga:


Evening Bells:

RCA-Victor Red Seal (USA) Recordings (c. 1940s):

Galitsky’s Aria (soloist: S._. Slepouskin; composer: A.P. Borodin):

Blessed Be the Lord (composer: P.I. Tchaikosvsky):

Credo (composer: A.T. Gretchaninov):

Inspire My Prayer O Lord (composer: A.A. Archangelsky):

Requiem (composer: Bakhmetieff) :

Song of the Seraphim and Cherubim (composer: G.Y. Lomakin):

The Lord’s Prayer (composer: Sheremetieff):

Lord, Have Mercy (composer: Lwosky arr. A.T. Gretchaninov):

Kaleenka (soloist: S._. Slepouskin):


Nightingale (words, music, and solo by M.A. Dedovitch):

The Red Sarafan (soloist: M.A. Dedovitch):

Song of the Tachanka:


The recordings of N.F. Kostruckoff and the General Platoff Don Cossack Chorus number inexplicably in the tens, while the recordings of S.A. Jaroff and his Don Cossack Chorus number in the hundreds. Recording companies in the past have often made such errors in judgement, depriving the world of much good and great vocal art. The list that has so woefully been mistreated is not short. I name just two, both Russians: S.P. Yudin, 1889-1965. In 1911, at the tender age of 21, made his operatic debut at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. In 1912, at the age of 22, he recorded eight sides for the pathe Company in Moscow. In 1914, at the age of 24 or 25, he recorded eight sides for the Beka Meister Company in Moscow. These recordings show a first class voice, though not as golden as L.V. Sobinov, nor as flexible as D.A. Smirnov, was fresh, beautiful in timbre, and well-trained. He sang with artistry and good taste. He continued to sing for 35 years. Why, in that time, did the recording companies not utilize his talent and artistry?

E.A. Stepanova, 1891-1978. In 1912, as Yudin, at the age of 21, made her operatic debut at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. For the next 30 years, she was associated with this theater. The Russian Archives show that she recorded at least four titles in 1912, which show a fresh, beautiful, well-trained voice. Te Archives also show several recordings in 1931 and 1937. She is reputed to have been one of the finest actresses ever to appear at the Bolshoi Theater.

The reputation and place in history of singers in the past rest solely on their recordings that they left for posperity. Yudin and Stepanova are now forgotten, being known only to a handful of record collectors. If these two wonderful singers had recorded more, they could be known today, Yudin being compared to Subinov and SMirnov and Stepanova to N._. Nezhdnova and M.N. Kouznetsova.

Though the records of Kostruckoff and the General Platoff Don Cossack Chorus number only in the tens, there is more than enough to secure for Kostruckoff and his choir a place in the upper echelon of the pantheon of great Cossack choral singing.