Wolgalied [aus der Operette "Der Zarewitsch"] Composer: Franz Lehár (1870-1948) Lyricist: Heinz Reichert (1877-1940); Béla Jenbach (1871-1943) Arranger: Helmut Zacharias (1920-2002) Opening Line: Allein, wieder allein Vocalist: Rudi Schuricke Vocal Group: Waldo-Favré-Chor Hammond Organ: Gerhard Gregor Musical Group: Streichorchester Helmut Zacharias, Hamburg Recording Date: 1954 Recording Location: Hamburg [?] Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hannover
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"Wolgalied" [Song of the Volga] is a Russian song in German language from the operetta "Der Zarewitsch" [The Tsarevitch] from 1926 (based on the Polish play with the same name by Gabriela Zapolska). It is a song of the Russian Tsarevitch (crown prince), whose character was based on the life of Alexei Petrovich Romanov. Song was also known as "Es steht ein Soldat am Wolgastrand" - and although related during WWII to German soldiers fighting in Russia, it is actually not a song about a German soldier; in the song, Tsarevitch simply compares himself to an isolated (Russian) soldier keeping watch on the bank of the Volga river, wondering if the Lord had forgotten him.