Voices from Russia

Saturday, 16 August 2014

16 August 2014. Some of My Favourite Things… Bayan Miks (Reprise)… GOOD Clean Russian Fun

00 Pres Putin with Bayan Miks. 16.08.14

Bayan Miks with President Putin at the Winter Olympics in Sochi

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Bayan Miks is joined by mime/KVNshchik Yuri Askarov (the “Russian Mr Bean“), along with Svyatoslav Sergeyevich Voitenko… Sergei Voitenko’s son… there be a future for bayanists…

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Karnaval

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Bayan Miks does the “Zorba thing”

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In this time of war and crisis, it’s imperative that we step away from it from time to time… at the height of the Blitz, Brits sang and smiled with George Formby… that was a HEALTHY thing. Have a smile…

BMD

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

13 August 2014. From the Russian Web… Have a Smile… Bonya and Kuzmich Mug Up a Kiesza Song

00 Bonya and Kuzmich. 13.08.14

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Bonya and Kuzmich are a parody duo from Perm… their vKontakte page is here. Have a smile… the days are evil, so, we need to laugh TWICE as much as we do in more normal times. This is a hoot… laugh good n’ hearty… isn’t this just like some of the better stuff on KVN? Have a care, kids…

BMD

Sunday, 10 August 2014

10 August 2014. Some of My Favourite Things… Bayan Miks… The Accordion STILL Rules in Russian Pop Culture

00 Bayan Miks 02. 10.08.14

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Roses on the Snow with Anzhelika Argubash

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00 Bayan Miks 01. 10.08.14

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A Bulgarian Hora (Dance)… music doesn’t start until 0:30… starts slow, then, pow!

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00 Bayan Miks 03. 10.08.14

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Watch Out for the Car!

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00 Bayan Miks 04. 10.08.14

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Bayan Miks with Marina Devyatova singing Mamochka… watch it fullscreen in 1080p HD… awesome!

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The accordion STILL rules in Russian pop culture… as long as there’s kvass, accordions, Borodinsky khleb, dill pickles, kolbasa, and arbuzi… there’s always gonna be a Russia! Bayan Miks is a good example of how traditional folk culture has adapted to the modern world. Russia is returning to Soviet standards in pop culture, rejecting Western degeneracy (especially, the perverted Anglo American version). Russian people love the old Sov songs as they’re positive and upbeat, without any of the nasty and dirty nuances found in Western “popular” music. I’d say that if I had to choose between Soviet standards and Anglo American standards… there’s no contest… the Sov standards are cleaner, more morally pure, and more decent. Keep that in mind as you hear the usual cast of suspects attack the legacy of the USSR. I know where I stand… what about you?

If the USSR is coming back… let it get here, already! It’s a lot better than the rot found on Fox News and the rubbish spread by the media about Kim Kardashian…

BMD

Friday, 25 July 2014

25 July 2014. Some of My Favourite Things… V K Troshin, the First Singer and “Owner” of “Moscow Nights”

00 vladimir troshin. 25.07.14

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The original recording of Moscow Nights by V K Troshin… most Russians will tell you that it’s the best one

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G K Ots’ rendition of Moscow Nights

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B T Shtokolov singing Выхожу один я на дорогу (Vykhozhu odin ya na dorogu: I Walk Alone Down the Road), one of the classic romansy

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Тишина (Tishina: Silence)… another song by Troshin

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Everybody’s heard of Подмосковные вечера (Podmoskovnye vechera: Moscow Nights, literally, Evening in the Moscow Suburbs)… but not so many people know of V K Troshin, the first singer of the song in 1955. That’s right… Moscow Nights isn’t a folk song, it’s a modern “composed” song (by the famous composer V P Solovyov-Sedoi). It’s one of the best-loved songs in the world… coming straight to you from the heart of the Evil Empire. Let’s be frank… life went on in the USSR… most people didn’t bother with politics, and if they “threw a pinch of incense on the altar”, the state left them alone. It wasn’t like what the Reagan Hard Right nutters said it was (nor was the USA like what Sov propaganda said it was… propaganda in the Cold War on both sides wasn’t overly convincing or particularly truthful).

Vladimir Konstantinovich “owns” this song… all Russians know that… now, YOU know that. His voice wasn’t as deep as B T Shtokolov‘s was, nor was it as powerful as G K Ots‘… but it had a soft lyricism not usually found in the bass/baritone range. By the way, he wasn’t a trained singer… he was an actor at the Moscow Art Theatre from 1947 to 1988. Perhaps, that’s why his voice doesn’t have that “studied” undertone that you find in most conservatoire-trained vocalists (indeed, it has more the aspect of speech, not song).

BMD

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