Voices from Russia

Saturday, 10 September 2016

10 September 2016. Some of My Favourite Things… P G Lisitian Sings “Ya Vas Lyublyu” from “Pikovaya Dama”

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An aria from La Traviata… Joe Green in Russian!

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Here’s a patriotic song in a more popular vein… Moya rodina (My Motherland)

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P G Lisitian (Peoples Artist of the USSR) came from a humble working-class family… in the money-grubbing West, he would’ve got nowhere. In the USSR, he found an outlet for his talent. That’s something that the righties never talk about… how the Sovs sincerely sought out talent of all sorts (artistic, scientific, and athletic) amongst all classes and how they gave people a chance to develop their skills. Lisitian was a leading soloist at the Bolshoi (officially, the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia (GABT Rossii)) from 1940 to 1966; he taught at conservatoire for many years afterward (he died in 2004, in his 93rd year). Ya vas lyublyu from Tchaikovsky’s Pikovaya Dama (The Queen of Spades) has to the be the most famous aria in Russian opera… need I mention that Pavel Gerasimovich was a mentor of D A Khvorostovsky? Many believe his interpretation to be the best yet… I agree.

BMD

Saturday, 3 September 2016

3 September 2016. Fred Hellerman, Last Survivor of The Weavers, Dies at 89

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The Weavers in concert in 1963… they paid for their convictions by being put on the McCarthyite blacklist. They’re now silent on this side of the veil…

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Fred Hellerman, the last surviving member of the Weavers died at the age of 89. An era is now over… however, the legacy lives on…

BMD

Sunday, 21 February 2016

21 February 2016. “Russians Don’t Want War!” (with English subs)

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Do Russians Want War?

Yuri Gorelov

1962

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Russians don’t want war… but they’ll fight if the neoliberal “conservative” Anglo warmongers invade… the Anglos will find out what the Teutonic Knights, the Poles, Napoleon, and Hitler found out. Russians love peace… but they’ll never give in to evil aggression… America had best take note…

BMD

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

17 February 2016. Saor Patrol… Are They for Real? Or, Are They Just a Wee Bit Off? Only a Celt Would Know…

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Wallace Bled… clips from Braveheart

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Scottish Soldier

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Here’s a more conventional rendering of The Scottish Soldier, from the famous late great Andy Stewart

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One can’t have a Scots presentation without The Battle’s O’er… also by Andy Stewart

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Only a real Celt would know… I have several amongst my Cabinet. As for me… I’m not qualified to speak…

BMD

Update:

A Celtic Cabineteer told me:

Those look very “ren fest” to me. The kilt only came into being in the 1600’s very late 1500’s at the earliest.

There it is… but they loved the links. The garb is bit outré, but the music is spot-on!

BMD

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