Anna Markova CD Set
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Anna Petrovna Markova was born on January 1, 1902, in the Province of Elizavetpolsk, village of Slavyanka to the family of Peter Petrovitch Verigin. After a 32 year absence from her son John J. Verigin and his family who were then in Canada, Anna Markova arrived in 1960 where she was reunited with her Canadian family and Doukhobor brethren.

After somewhat re-establishing herself with her family, she was invited as a guest to many Doukhobor Communities throughout British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. In mid October 1962, she was invited to the Slocan Valley in the Kootenays. Her visit and stay was arranged by the Slocan Valley Choir which wanted to learn some new songs that Anna Markova brought with her from Russia.

Most of her family had already escaped persecution in Russia for a life of freedom in Canada when Anna Markova, the granddaughter, daughter and mother of three generations of Russian Doukhobor leaders, disappeared into Siberian exile in the 1940s. Innocent of any crime, Anna spent 15 years in the gulag where millions of political prisoners were detained or died. Anna was finally released in 1954. In 1960, she was allowed to emigrate to Canada and join her family in Canada. Ms. Markova passed in 1978 leaving a legacy of her love and good will as an example for others.
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This set is a collector's dream - whether an ethnic music collector or one of Doukhobor music. It's truly one of a kind with a running time of 1 hour, 13 minutes.

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My Memories Of Anna Petrovna Markova by Peter Relkoff

My parents, Pete and Ann Relkoff, were one of the families that were honoured to have Anna Markova stay in their home. It was during this visit that I met Anna Markova for the first time. I was celebrating my 19th birthday and she was there for supper and of course the cake. It was a memorable evening with singing, words of wisdom, and advice.

During this visit, my father had volunteered to tape-record Anna Markova singing songs for the choir so they could learn them. We were one of the few families in the Valley that owned a tape-recorder. I assisted my father in recording a number of songs by Anna Markova, and it was during this time, my father asked Anna if she would be interested in trying to sing a duet with herself.

It was an idea my father and I discussed a number of times, to use two tape-recorders: have the singer sing first in a lower pitch voice and have it recorded. Then you would play it back and have the singer sing again, harmonizing with the recorded voice, and having this recorded with the other recorder.

(Later, when technology advanced, this method would be called 'multi-tracking', and in the coming decades would become the method by which all recording would be done - albeit using only one recording machine capable of this function. But in 1962, 'multi-tracking' was literally unheard of, at least in Slocan Valley).

Anna Markova was very interested in this possibility and asked, "How was this possible?" With this idea in mind, my father set out to borrow a second tape-recorder. And now with two tape-recorders, an idea, and a willing singer, we were ready to record.


It was interesting to observe Anna Petrovna Markova as she prepared herself for the recording. You could see the excitement in her eyes, as she asked all sorts of questions about recording, the microphone, and so on. The first song she sang was in memory of her brother Peter Petrovitch Verigin "Yastrebov". Her voice was strong and very captivating and all the songs were sung in their entirety.

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She first sang in the lower, main pitch, then we would listen to the song. If she approved it, we would play it again with her harmonizing to her voice while recording the combination. We would listen to that combined recording, and if she approved, we would save it and start with another song. If she was not satisfied with her singing, we would erase it and start again. When she listened to the first song as a duet, she was excited and pleased with herself, asking "Is this what I sound like?", with tears in her eyes.

I was amazed with her memory as she sang the songs, there were no song books or papers; everything was memorized by heart.

Since my father had to work, I was privileged to do all the recordings done over a three day period. We recorded, listened, erased, re-recorded, listened again, with breaks for tea and lunches prepared by my mom, conversations with laughter and tears. It's fair to say that Anna Markova actually produced these selections; we simply facilitated the recording. Anna Petrovna Markova was an amazing lady.

Peter Relkoff,
November, 2010

            Nov. 19 2012