Voices from Russia

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

Sunday, 2 February 2014

One of the Members of the Buranovskiye Babushki Died in Her Native Village… The Babas Plan to Perform at the Sochi Olympics

00a Buranovskiye Babushki 27.05.12

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Love them Babas! Pass the jug, if you please…

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According to Rossiskaya Gazeta, Yelizaveta Zarbatova, one of the singers in the Buranovskiye Babushki ensemble, died in the 87th year of her life. Zarbatova died in her native village on 13 January, but the news didn’t get out until now because she no longer performed with the group due to her advanced age. Svetlana Syrygina, the spokesman for the Babushki, said, “She was the most aged of the grannies; she wrote many songs, including Puchoko, which was one of the songs the ensemble selected to sing at the Eurovision Song Contest”.

Facts about the Buranovskiye Babushki

The Buranovskiye Babushki ensemble is a Russian folk group from the village of Buranovo in Malopurginsky Raion of the Udmurt Republic, performing Udmurt and Russian folk songs, as well as a variety of pop hits in Udmurt, rehashing well-known Russian and foreign pop songs. The ensemble started over 40 years ago. The group began to sing songs in Udmurt with other musical ensembles in 2008. On the Day of the Udmurt Language, the Babushki sang popular songs of Boris Grebenshchikov and Viktor Tsoi in the Udmurt backed by the Udmurt Philharmonic. Since then, they’ve repeatedly been in the spotlight in the media and on TV. They participated in the qualifying rounds of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest (ranked third) and were second in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku with the song Party for Everybody.

21 January 2014

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The Buranovskiye Babushki decided to support the Sochi Olympics through their creative efforts. In a social network post, the Grannies wrote, “Hi to all our friends! Greetings on the upcoming holidays! We’re off to Sochi on 6 February!” The organisers are keeping their programme under wraps, but everyone knows that the consort from Udmurtia is seriously training for the show. Their official website has a song dedicated to the Olympics. Earlier, AIF wrote that the Grannies have a new version of Party for Everybody just for the Sochi Olympics.

27 December 2013

Argumenty i Fakty

http://www.aif.ru/rm/rmnews/1087694

http://www.kuban.aif.ru/culture/1075152

 

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Sunday, 19 January 2014

19 January 2014. A Multimedia Presentation. It’s the Last Day of the Svyatki… Here’s some Shchedrivki…

00 Cossack Christmas. Pre-Revolution. 19.01.14

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01 Old New Year a

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00 Fedoskino Palekh box. Christmas. 06.01.13

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01v To the New Year 2011

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00 Masha i Medved christmas 01.12

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New Year Strawberries 4

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The narration isn’t in English, but watch it for the images and music

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00 Slovak New Year 01

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00 Slovak New Years

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To end it all, here’s some “down home” traditional singing from Carpatho-Russia

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Shchedrivki are like kolyadki, but sung at the New Year and Epiphany (and here). It’s the end of the Svyatki for another year…

BMD

 

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Saturday, 28 December 2013

28 December 2013. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… A Blast from the Metropolia Past… Fr Igor Soroka at the Podium

00 Igor Soroka. Male Chorus. Pittsburgh PA. 28.12.13

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I’m sorry that I couldn’t find more material by Fr Igor on YouTube (hint to all youse Yinzers out there… post something so that people can link to it!), so, I posted the above vid as being fit and being something that Fr Igor would’ve given his “Amen” to. Now, that’s something to cheer about!

BMD

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