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Sunday, 22 December 2013

Patriarch Kirill Awards Flamboyant Crooner Iosif Kobzon Top Award

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00 Order of Glory and Honour (MP). 22.12.13

Order of Glory and Honour, the second-highest award of the Patriarchate of Moscow and all the Russias

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The theme from the famous series Seventeen Moments of Spring… perhaps, his most famous song

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On Wednesday, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias presented crooner Iosif Kobzon, Russia’s answer to Frank Sinatra, with a top award for his public service, adding to the flamboyant now-lawmaker’s already glittering array of decorations. Patriarch Kirill awarded Kobzon, whom the Americans denied a visa in the past for alleged links to organised crime figures, the Order of Glory and Honour (Second Degree) for his work in “developing national culture and the moral and patriotic education of his contemporaries”. Kobzon, who turned 76 in September, was a hit singer in the days of the USSR, but officially ended his touring career in 1997 after being becoming an RF Gosduma deputy. He has dozens of awards and honours, both from Russia and from other former Soviet republics, largely for his contributions to culture and music.

18 December 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20131218/185687572/Russian-Orthodox-Church-Gives-Flamboyant-Crooner-Top-Award.html

Editor’s Note:

The REAL reason that the Americans denied Iosif Davydovich a visa was that he pissed off the American Jewish lobby (for what, one doesn’t know… Kobzon’s a Jew himself!) and that he refused to cut off his childhood friends (Frank Sinatra did the same, getting the same nasty treatment from the usual lot of bluenoses). Besides which, he was (and is) an unrepentant Leftist who hates American-style crapitalism. Of course, since everyone knows that the Amerikantsy are childish, self-centred, violent, and vindictive, it doesn’t surprise one to find out that they refused him a visa in 1995 and 2012 for refusing to kiss their ass at high noon. Note well that HH LOVES giving awards to LEFTISTS… he doesn’t give awards to rightwing slimers. It doesn’t matter how many Pro-Life placards you wave, HH knows that the Republicans and their ilk in other countries are evil, and that their policies are anti-Christian and inhuman, so, he refuses to recognise them (we should do likewise, I say). I’d say that we should follow HH… NOT Potapov, Whiteford, Kishkovsky, Paffhausen, and Reardon. After all, one of these things is NOT like the other…

Everybody knows that Iosif Davydovich is a truly decent person and a mensch in the highest sense of the term (he came up in the hardscrabble Donbass and he hasn’t forgotten his roots). Russians give him big-time respect for putting his money where his mouth is… he’s spent tons of his personal money to help the poor and unfortunate, including aiding many orphanages throughout the country. He doesn’t stick his money in the Cayman Islands… hmm… whom do you respect? Do you respect Iosif Davydovich or do you respect Wet Willy Romney (they’re mutually-exclusive)? I say, give me Iosif Davydovich… what about you?

BMD

Friday, 30 August 2013

30 August 2013. Video. Голубые береты. Память (Blue Berets. “Memory”)

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The Blue Berets (founded 1985) are an official ensemble of the VDV, it’s the only musical group in the Russian forces where all of its members are Honoured Artists of the Russian Federation. This vid dates from 1987… in late Sov times. Do note that the audience stood in respect of the fallen. Patriotism isn’t passée in Russia, no siree. All those who wish to attack the legacy of the Soviet Union (such as Victor Potapov) aren’t truly of us, heart and soul. They’ve sold their precious birthright for money, homes in the “right” suburb, and applause from the enemies of our narod, our faith, and our culture. I, for one, refuse to give up any of the positive things that the Sovs brought in. We still have Nazi collaborators (and their families) amongst us. We won’t be clean until we root out their influence… all too many of them sold out to the West; they oppose the Orthosphere. Sad, ain’t it?

By the way, although I oppose the wars used to advance American hegemonism, I’m not a pacifist. No way, no how. I’m against pointless wars in foreign parts fought to enrich the Affluent Effluent, paid for not only with our money, but with the spilt blood of our ordinary kids (the affluent, such as Willy Romney, Paul Ryan, and Rush Limbaugh refused to serve, but they DO beat the war-drums loudly and constantly, dontcha know)… that’s obscene. I respect all who fell… their patriotism and devotion are clean. I hate and oppose the warmongers… they deserve no pity or quarter. I think that all decent people can see the difference…

BMD 

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Maestro Valery Gergiev Fetes His 60th Birthday with Carnegie Hall Concerts

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Entertainment media reported that maestro Valery Gergiev would celebrate his 60th birthday at Carnegie Hall in New York this October with three concerts featuring music of Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff. Broadway World.com reported on Monday that Gergiev, who’s also marking his 25th year with the legendary Mariinsky Orchestra, will conduct an all-Stravinsky program on 10 October, featuring the composer’s famous ballet music from L’oiseau de feu (The Firebird), Pétrouchka, and Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring). On 11 October, Gergiev will conduct a performance of a Shostakovich concerto and the composer’s Symphony No. 8 in C minor, opus 65, followed by the Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances, opus 45 and a piano concerto on 15 October. The Mariinsky is one of the oldest orchestras in Russia, having premièred works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich, just to name a few. Gergiev first conducted the orchestra in 1978; since becoming Artistic and General Director in 1996, he’s toured with the ensemble to more than 45 countries. winning acclaim for widely expanding its repertoire.

27 August 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20130827/182998034/Gergiev-Fetes-60th-Birthday-With-Carnegie-Concerts.html

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Festival of Slavic Culture Embraces New Format

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Choir in rehearsal for this event… even though the pro-zapadnik Portal-Credo.ru reposted it, it didn’t originate with them… they’re not original enough to create such, truth be told

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The Festival of Slavic Culture will occur on 24 May, featuring 200 events that will take place in 70 oblasts all over Russia. The Festival of Slavic Culture honours the brothers Ss Kirill and Mefody, the inventors of the Cyrillic alphabet and Christian missionaries. The Church ranks them as равноапостольный (ravnoapostolny: Equal-to-the-Apostles). As before, Moscow will be the focus of the celebrations.

Vladimir Legoida, head of the MP Information Department, said, “This year, the Festival will follow an informal format; it’ll be an event on an unprecedented scale, featuring many events in one day. From year to year, we’ve been doing our best to see to it that the festival strikes a personal note with everyone who happens to attend. Our purpose is to ensure that Kirill and Mefody are household names amongst ordinary people”.

Scholars believe that in the time of Kirill and Mefody, the 9th century AD, Slavs had no difficulty understanding each other. Experts state that Slavic people believed that they spoke the same language, as they shared the same system of sounds. The two brothers developed this system into an alphabet, to translate Greek religious texts into Slavonic. The Cyrillic alphabet became a foundation for creating alphabets for other Slavic languages.

Street signs in Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Serbian, and Macedonian at the Moscow festival will remind visitors of this fact. Many of the festival’s events have the purpose of popularising the Russian language. Moscow professors will give public lectures on Russian, whilst famous performers will read excerpts from Russian classic literature near the statues of Aleksandr Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov, Nikolai Gogol, and Marina Tsvetaeva. Some 30 choirs, comprising at least 3,000 singers, will gather in Red Square for festival’s closing event… a gala concert entitled The Most Loved Songs. The choirs will perform church anthems, along with a large number of folk and pop songs, all to the accompaniment of a combined orchestra. Those willing to join the professionals will be able to follow the songs on large screens installed all over Moscow.

Sofia Apfelbaum of the Ministry of Culture (Minkultury), said, “Moscow has never seen such a large-scale cultural celebration before. We hope that this experiment will be successful. The songs are popular and known by many people. The gala’s repertoire was picked specifically for the purpose of bringing all people together so that the crowd in Red Square could sing along with the performers and so that everyone would know that Russians have a specific cultural standard”.

Fr Pavel Shcherbachyov of the MP Patriarchal Council for Culture, said, “A harmonious combination of the secular and religious adds a particular flavour to the festival. Even though spirituality in the religious sense of the word played no role in Russian society for a long time, these songs’ lyrics reflect the traditions of previous centuries. If we analysed the words of these songs, we’d discover that they reflect the traditions of the past, when there was an alloy of culture and religion”.

The song marathon in Moscow will end with the performance of Glory, Glory, Mother Russia! by Mikhail Glinka (the closing chorus of the opera Жизнь за царя (Zhizn za tsarya: A Life for the Tsar)), followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

23 May 2013

Yelena Andrusenko

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_05_23/Slav-culture-festival-embraces-new-format/

Editor’s Note:

It was also Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev‘s name-day…

на многая лета!

BMD

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