Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

27 January 2016. Some of My Favourite Things… Dmitri Khovorostovsky… One of the Sexiest Men Alive

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D A Khvorostovsky has to be one of the sexiest men alive today. Here, he sings one of the old standards (with English subs) with A Yu Netrebko at an outdoor concert in the Kremlin.

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27 January 2016. A Blast from the Past… Maya Kristalinskaya Sings “Я тебя подожду” (I’ll Wait for You)

00.01d Maya Kristalinskaya

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Lyrics:

I’ll wait for you; outside the window, in rain and in snow.

You looked at me

You searched for me everywhere.

I used to run, keeping you always in view.

Now, you’re not there.

For some reason, you’re not there.

I just want you to gaze at me.

Chorus: 

Outside the window, in rain and in snow,

it was time to sleep, but I couldn’t sleep.

Always the same yard, always the same laugh,

and I miss you a little bit.

I’m going out,

beyond my familiar haunts.

With Natasha at the cinema, I don’t hurry; I’m not with you.

But the windows of your quiet home

send your greetings

like the old guys still clicking their dominoes.

(Chorus) 

I go over and over

in the darkened courtyard.

You said you’d come, even though it’s night.

This evening to me

Is nothing but a grain of sand.

I’ll wait for you, only you, even if it’s forever.

(Chorus)

Thursday, 12 November 2015

12 November 2015. Defenders of the Fatherland Concert from the State Kremlin Palace 2015

00 Glory to the Defenders of the Russian Land. 25.09.14

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The first five minutes or so of this vid are a speech by V V Putin… then, a fanfare announces the concert proper.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

11 November 2015. Some of My Favourite Things… Lyube… Need I Say More?

00 rock group Lyube. Russia. 10.04.15

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Lyube is one of the most-beloved musical ensembles in Russia, and N V Rastorguyev, its frontman, is one of Russia’s most recognisable celebrities. They’re 100 percent patriotic, but rooted in the people (think of Kolya Rastorguyev as a Russian John Mellencamp, and you’d be right). Their latest album, За тебя, родина-мать (Za tebya, rodina-mat: To You, Mother-Motherland) has an anti-Banderist theme. You can see the folk and shanson (“thieves’ songs”) influence in their work.

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