Russian tenor Evgeny Belyaev sings “You are always beautiful”, a love song composed by Boris Alexandrovich Alexandrov. Recorded live at the Albert Hall, London, 1963, this is the performance by Belyaev that was described by The Times critic as “perfect”.
Summary of lyrics:
“Happy or sad, my beloved, you are always beautiful. Beautiful as a song, as a Russian soul! Though the northern evening is cold, with you it is warm! Our wedding day dawns soon; happiness will be ours, and you will be my life’s companion, my beloved.”
Evgeny Mikhailovich Belyaev (Klintsy, September 11, 1926 – February 21/22, 1994) was a Russian tenor soloist of the Alexandrov Ensemble under Boris Alexandrov. In the West, he known as one of the definitive singers of the famous Russian song Kalinka.
This superb lyric tenor did not get the worldwide acclaim that he deserved during his lifetime; possibly because his prime occurred in the middle of the Cold War. Also his fame was subsumed within the fame of the Alexandrov Ensemble itself, when perhaps he would have gained greater personal fame had he pursued his natural course in the international opera circuit.
Lady Godiva, was an 11th-century Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to a legend dating back at least to the 13th century, rode naked – only covered in her long hair – through the streets of Coventry in order to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation imposed by her husband on his tenants.
Lady Godiva sculpture is in Maidstone Museum by John Thomas (1813-1862), a British sculptor and architect, who worked on Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Westminster.