Voices from Russia

Monday, 14 February 2011

A Multimedia Presentation. “Grammies” for a Married Couple

Filed under: art music,cultural,music,opera,performing arts,Russian,USA,video — 01varvara @ 00.00

Olga Borodina (1963- ), People’s Artist of Russia, soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg

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Olga Borodina in a 1997 performance of the Verdi Requiem (Lux Aeterna)

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In the USA, noted soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre Olga Borodina and Ildar Abdrazakov won two Grammies…

Olga Borodina and Ildar Abdrazakov, soloists of the St Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre, entered the ranks of those Russians who have been winners at the Grammy Awards. In Los Angeles, in a ceremony held on 13 February, the Russian couple won the “Musical Oscar” (as the award is often called) in two categories, Best Classical Album, and Best Choral performance. The American Recording Academy honoured Borodina and Abdrazakov for their performance in the recording of the Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, directed by the renowned Italian conductor Riccardo Muti. As evidenced by their winning the prestigious music competitions, they belong to the cohort of the most popular singers on the world opera stage.

Ildar Abdrazakov (1976- ), Honoured Artist of the Republic of Bashkortostan, soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg… Ildar Amirovich is of the Bashkir nationality, a Muslim people of Western Siberia

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Ildar Abdrazakov performs an aria from Bizet’s Carmen

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Critics call coloratura mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina “exceptional”, and bass baritone Ildar Abdrazakov “beyond great” (сверхвеликолепным). However, besides that, there’s something more that unites these singers… they’re a married couple raising three children. “Everything Olga does turns out absolutely brilliantly”, Ildar Abdrazakov said about his wife and constant stage partner. Olga just says that she’s a strong woman. “Of course, I’m strong. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to combine everything… work, raising three children, and being the wife of a famous singer, which, however, is quite easy for me. I choose my theatres and partners well, and eliminate what I really don’t want to do. What about my family? In order to raise their children, parents have to be at home. Wherever possible, we take them to all our performances and concerts, we even take them on our tours, for example, they went with us to Paris, where we sang Verdi’s Requiem with Riccardo Muti, and they were at all our rehearsals”, Olga said in speaking about her life.

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Ricardo Muti conducts music from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake… I’ve always loved his stylebrisk, without languor; yet, not hurried and brusque

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By the way, these two Grammy Awards won for this performance of Verdi’s Requiem, with the participation of noted Russian singers, have a deeper “Russian pedigree”. One need only recall that the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, now led by Maestro Muti, has won about six dozen Grammies over its 120-year history, and has a long history of working with Russian musicians. Don’t forget, such famous figures as the prominent Russian composers Sergei Rachmaninoff and Sergei Prokofiev stood at the podium and conducted this ensemble!

14 February 2011

Olga Bugrova

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2011/02/14/44289299.html

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14 February 2011. HAPPY ST VALENTINE’S DAY…

Filed under: domestic life,popular life and customs — 01varvara @ 00.00

Editor’s Foreword:

Most of these are actually name day (“angel day”) cards, with one birthday card, but they all seemed to fit the spirit of St Valentine’s Day, which we should celebrate as a general angel day for everybody. THERE… that should end all disputes on this holiday… let’s lift a glass and cheer! The Good Lord didn’t put us here to have perpetual long faces and a continually constipated attitude to His Creation. It’s time to smile…

BMD

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Editor’s Afterword:

Let’s remember the words of King Solomon in Ecclesiastes:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

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St Valentine’s Day is a time to laugh, to dance, to embrace, and to love… the Almighty approves of all these things in Holy Writ. Be wary of all those with false monastic pretence and censorious frowns… they’re the worst of all. Innocent and unfeigned merriment is one of the times when we come closest to God… never forget that.

HAPPY ST VALENTINE’S DAY! TO THE FEAST!

BMD

14 February 2011. Some of My Favourite Things… A Touch of Romance for St Valentine’s Day

Filed under: music,performing arts,pop,video — 01varvara @ 00.00

Here’a a song from the musical Notre Dame de Paris, Belle, sung by three of the sexiest men on the planet… Garou, Daniel Lavoie, and Patrick Fiori. Garou is elemental… Daniel Lavoie is masculine to a tee… Patrick Fiori is so HUGGABLE. If I had to choose… it’s no contest… I’d take Daniel Lavoie in an instant. One can have HEALTHY fantasies…

As for reality… I have my Nicky, and I have no complaints. I’m as happy as any woman can be. I wish the same for all of you…

BMD

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