Voices from Russia

Saturday, 12 August 2017

12 August 2017. Some of My Favourite Things… Wagner from Moscow… REAL Brass at 2:03… and “Rienzi”

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Culture is alive and well in the Rodina. Tannhäuser is, perhaps, my most fave piece by Wagner… I also have a soft spot for Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen.  The conductor for Tannhäuser is the German-based (but Russian-born) D M Yurovsky. A student orchestra in Weimar plays the Rienzi overture.

BMD

Friday, 11 August 2017

11 August 2017. Some of My Favourite Things… Vltava from Ma Vlast… From Moscow With Love

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Monday, 17 July 2017

17 July 2017. The Famous Basso M O Reyzen Sings “Песня о Щорсе” (A Song About N A Shchors)

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N A Shchors was one of the heroes of the Civil War… he drove the White Poles and their Galician Uniate nationalist lickspittles out of Kiev. He was a feldsher (medical assistant) in the tsarist army, but he took special courses and become a combat officer. He led Red partisans in successful resistance against the Polish and Galician Uniate occupiers of Little Russia until a rival shot him during a battle.

People’s Artist of the USSR M O Reyzen was one of the most famous Russian bassos of the 20th century. Mark Osipovich was from Gorlovka Raion, in what’s now the DNR. That is, he wasn’t “Ukrainian”, as the area wasn’t handed to the Ukrainian SSR until 1924. He served in the First World War in the infantry, was wounded twice, and earned two George Crosses. As a singer, he earned three Stalin Prizes of the First Degree. He was active on stage until 1985… when he was 90-years-old!

It looks like neither N A Shchors or M O Reyzen are high on the Galician Uniate nationalist “hit parade”… that’s why we should honour both of their memories and respect their legacies… they live on in the DNR and LNR.

BMD

Monday, 10 July 2017

10 July 2017. Stirrings of a Renaissance of the Soviet Legacy… as seen in Song

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Recently, there’ve been signs of a new appreciation of the Soviet legacy in Russia. During the Victory Day Parade, General Shoigu and many others wore the 1945 dress uniform with the high collar instead of the Western-style jacket-and-tie. Songs of the Stalin era resurface, such as this one about one of the naval infantrymen fighting in Leningrad. No… the USSR isn’t coming back, but the Soviet legacy is embraced for what it is. In like manner, there’s not going to be a restoration of the monarchy, but Russians embrace the imperial legacy for what it is.

The USA is attempting to strangle this renaissance in its cradle. I confide that the arrogant Anglo toddlers will fail… God willing, without a torrent of blood…

BMD

Штурвальный с “Марата”

Где воздух изранен полётом снаряда,
где бомбами поле изрыто кругом,
за русскую землю,
за честь Ленинграда морская пехота
дерётся с врагом.
за русскую землю, за честь Ленинграда
морская пехота дерётся с врагом.

Трава на поляне железом примята,
за танком пехота ползет по земле.
В разбитом окопе штурвальный с “Марата”
остался один на прибрежной скале.
В разбитом окопе штурвальный с “Марата”
остался один на прибрежной скале.

И насмерть дерётся штурвальный с “Марата”
как знамя, подняв бескозырку свою.
Врага поражая последней гранатой,
он смерть принимает в неравном бою.
Врага поражая последней гранатой,
он смерть принимает в неравном бою.

Но танкам навстречу торопится рота,
и пушки под пулями катят вперед
Друзья-комендоры, морская пехота,
Балтийские люди, железный народ!
Друзья-комендоры, морская пехота,
Балтийские люди, железный народ!

The Helmsman of the Marat

When the bullet’s flight pierced the air,

When the shells ringed the field,

The Leningrad Naval Infantry fought

For the Russian land, for honour.

The Leningrad Naval Infantry fought

For the Russian land, for honour.

The enemy infantry and tanks

Trampled the meadow with iron tracks,

The helmsman of the “Marat” sat in a trench

Alone amongst the rocks by the shore.

The helmsman of the “Marat” sat in a trench

Alone amongst the rocks by the shore.

The helmsman of the “Marat” fought to the death,

Holding his sailor’s cap like a banner.

Hitting the foe with his last grenade,

He accepted death in unequal battle.

Hitting the foe with his last grenade,

He accepted death in unequal battle.

The tanks sped to meet the company,

Wheeling forward amidst the guns and bullets,

Comrades and Commanders, the Baltic Naval Infantry,

Men of iron and steel.

Comrades and Commanders, the Baltic Naval Infantry,

Men of iron and steel.

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