An aria from La Traviata… Joe Green in Russian!
Here’s a patriotic song in a more popular vein… Moya rodina (My Motherland)
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.
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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…
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…
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This is the entire 51-minute film… go to settings and adjust it for HD… awesome
If you lack facility in Russian, use Google Translate for the Russian Wikipedia articles. Do NOT use the English Wikipedia articles, as they’re usually by Russophobes or by boobish konvertsy. The Russian articles are different and superior in every way (especially, on Orthodox topics).
Last year, we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory in the Great Patriotic War, but 2015 had another, very important for our country, anniversary… the 500th anniversary of the death of the famous Russian saint and historical figure, Righteous St Iosif Volotsky. Oddly enough, many people in our country, including Orthodox Christians, don’t know this podvizhnik* and of his great deeds. In order to correct this, there is a new film, Воин Духа (Voin Dukha: The Spiritual Warrior). The film involved many people… with special thanks to People’s Artist of the Russian Federation N P Burlyayev, and actor, athlete, and TV personality S N Badyuk. Most of all, we thank the star of the movie, world MMA champion A A Oleynik (he’s also a standout star in Grappling and Sambo). This film isn’t a commercial venture, you can show it to your associates and organisations; if you have any further questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope that our film will prove interesting and useful for you. Reposts are welcome; even more so as we’re building a large church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord in Belyayevо, and we need your support.
- Podvizhnik: impossible to “English” this word… some use “spiritual athlete”… the problem is that Russian doesn’t use this as a “spiritual” or “theological” word. For instance, Yu A Gagarin was a podvizhnik… a podvizhnik is someone who does a podvig. Podvig is one of the most powerful words in the Russian language. There are literally no English equivalents strong enough. Podvig has overtones of “epic”, “heroic”, “bravery”, “self-sacrifice”, “victory”, “effort”, and “triumph”. It’s best to leave it as is, and admit that English lacks the necessary material to give meaning to this word.
19 May 2016
Свет Фавора (Light of Mount Tabor)
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Click here and have the jug at hand. Just good fun… time to smile. Oh… one of the “Moonshiners” is in these clips… can you find him?
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