Today marked 75 years since the beginning of the siege of Leningrad by the fascists during the Great Patriotic War. The blockade lasted 872 days (from 8 September 1941 to 27 January 1944) and became one of the most tragic pages in the history of the Second World War. To memorialise this momentous occasion, we prepared a thematic collection:
The blockade as seen in a Sergei Loznitsy documentary
8 September 2016
Orthodox Journal Foma
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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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Happy Birthday, Yevgeni Pavlovich!
Today is the 90th anniversary of the birth of the late great Yevgeni Leonov. What a lively, good, and magnificent man!
2 September 2016
Vitaly Podvitsky Masterskaya Karikatury
It’s been 22 years since the passing of Yevgeni Pavlovich, one of the most well-loved Soviet actors on the stage and on the screen. He was a Peoples Artist of the USSR, known for his unpretentious and natural acting. Most of us know him as the voice of Vinni Pukh, the Sov version of Winnie the Pooh.
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My Grandfather Leib
This picture didn’t just happen through my clicking the shutter… life made it. By the time of the picture, my grandpa had survived the death of his two eldest sons. One committed suicide when he was 48; the other, my father, died in his 51st year. The youngest, Uncle Iosif, didn’t live to see 50. Grandfather was a brave soldier; he fought in the First World War, winning three soldier’s crosses. Looking at this picture, I remembered the old self-portrait of Rembrandt, the one that he made after the death of his son Titus. His smile reflects the sadness of the world… how it comes to all those who suffer; how, as a result, he knows the true meaning of it all…
2 September 2016
Искусство СССP Soviet Art
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