Choir in Plane Crash Projects Russian Pride and Soft Power

By Zachary Woolfe - Dec. 27, 2016

Confusion has flooded the web since it was announced that dozens of members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, a famed army choir and orchestra, were among the 92 killed when a Russian military passenger plane headed for Syria crashed into the Black Sea on Sunday.

Did that choir perform Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” at the Sochi Olympics? Just about everyone in Russia could answer that question correctly: No.

“This ensemble is better known in Russia than the Vienna Boys Choir is in Austria,” Simon Morrison, a professor of music at Princeton University and the author of “Bolshoi Confidential,” said in a phone interview. Mr. Morrison spoke about the choir’s history and sound, as well as the ensemble with which it has been confused. These are edited excerpts from the conversation...

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