BBC Sport – FIFA World Cup 2018

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Music: Alex Baranowski with the London Metropolitan Orchestra featuring Sir John Tomlinson – Ochi Chernye (Dark Eyes)

Red Army Choir version on iTunes
Red Army Choir version on Amazon

Russia 2018 starts on 14 June, and here’s the BBC World Cup trailer to whet the appetite, featuring a remarkable stop-motion loom embroidery animation, which uses real embroidered frames rather than computer animation. The theme music is a bespoke version of the traditional Russian folk song Ochi Chernye (Dark Eyes), arranged by composer Alex Baranowski, and recorded at Abbey Road Studios with the 40-piece London Metropolitan Orchestra featuring bass-baritone Sir John Tomlinson. We expect that the BBC version will be released as a download in the coming weeks – watch this space. In the meantime you can download the Red Star Choir version on iTunes.

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