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.

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Thursday, 15 December 2011

15 December 2011. Videos. Some of My Favourite Things… Ots, Kristalinskaya, Lemeshyov, and Piekha… the USSR Wasn’t ALL Heroic Tractor Drivers…

Georg Ots (1920-75), People’s Artist of the USSR. Estonian operatic baritone… his voice could be heard on radio and TV all over the Soviet Union, and all his records sold out almost immediately.

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Georg Ots sings Moscow Nights

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Maya Kristalinskaya (1932-85), Honoured Artist of the RSFSR. Her signature piece was Tenderness, of which she was the first performer.

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Maya Kristalinskaya sings Tenderness

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Sergei Lemeshyov (1902-77), People’s Artist of the USSR. Russian operatic lyric tenor, his signature role was Lensky in Yevgeni Onegin. Six marriages and numerous affairs focused the attention of Lemeshyov’s fans on his personal life. Ultimately, he found his life partner in singer Vera Kudryavtseva. Their marriage lasted for over 20 years, until Lemeshyov’s death in 1977.

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Sergei Lemeshyov sings A Love Song

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Edita Piekha (1937- ), People’s Artist of the USSR. She’s a well-known public activist for humanitarian causes, and supports orphanages in Russia.

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Edita Piekha sings And Life Goes On

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One thing that you can’t say about the old Sov performers is that they put out indecent material. On that, the Party and the Church see eye-to-eye…

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