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Odnozuchno gremit kolokolcik Evening Bells Dark Eyes Those Were the Days Sred Shumnogo Bala Foggy Morning / Ytro Tymannoe My Star I used to love you Farewell of a Slavic Woman
Katyusha Korobeiniki aka Tetris Music Only Once (once in a lifetime) Russian field Along the Peterskaya Road Vot mchitsya troika potshtovaya Moscow Nights I Walk Out Alone Upon My Way I met you / Ya Vstretil Vas
Chto stoish kachayas tonkaya ryabina Russian Tango Russian Shanson Emigration songs Classic Ukrainian songs Russian interpretation of foreign hits Female Vocal Groups Old Russian Rock Groups Eugene Onegin
Selected female singers Bela Rudenko Shulzhenko Alla Pugacheva Rotaru Tolkunova Anna German Lyudmila Gurchenko Tamara Sinyavskaya
Dina Garipova Lyudmila Zykina Irina Allegrova Maria Pakhomenko Ludmila Senchina Victoria Ivanova Olga Voronets Tamara Miansarova Maya Kristalinskaya
Selected male singers Vassily Gerello Alexander Vertinski Muslim Magomaev Hvorostovsky Boris Shtokolov Vladimir Visotskij Yury Gulayev Letshenko
Choirs Russian Romances by Sergey Yesenin Bards Duets Songs from Famous Russian Cartoons Classic Ukrainian Songs on Youtube Russian sport songs Figure skating Russian Musical Humor
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[Feb 16, 2018] Dmitro Hnatyuk

Dmytro Hnatyuk - Wikipedia (28 March 1925 29 April 2016)

[Feb 15, 2018] Steppe all around

[Feb 14, 2018] Veronika Kruglova

[Feb 13, 2018] Vadim Mulerman

Vadim Mulerman - Wikipedia

[Feb 12, 2018] Orera (Georgian group)

[Feb 11, 2018] Vahtang Kikabidze

[Feb 10, 2018] Белой акации - Дни Турбиных

[Feb 08, 2018] A golden grove has ceased at last its chatter

Sergei Yesenin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

[Feb 07, 2018] Anna German (19361982)

See also Anna German - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and СВЕТИТ НЕЗНАКОМАЯ ЗВЕЗДА

[Feb 03, 2018] Russian Romance: Foggy Morning / Ytro Tymannoe

[Feb 02, 2018] Bards

See Bard (Soviet Union) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

[Feb 02, 2018] Чёрное море моё

[Feb 01, 2018] Maria Pakhomenko


[Feb 01, 2018] Lev Letshchenko


[Jan 31, 2018] Random findings for Jan 2018

[Jan 25, 2018] Ludmila Senchina

The sex symbol of the USSR. Really magic unattainable princess. Both for common people and members of Politburo ;-). The first secretary of Leningrad Obcom of Communist Party (probably the second, if no the first, most powerful person in the USSR kind of Dick Cheney under Bush II in Brezhnev regime; he later competed with Gorbachov for the position of the First Secretary of the CPSU and lost) was her devoted fan.
A very talented singer, beautiful woman, unique, really unique, strong personality despite fragile appearance of Cinderella. Quite difficult life with abuse in family, certain periods out popularity, when she was force to move to Arctic North, Maragan (the place with -40F in winter with of GULAG camps for US reader) to survive. But she preserved her unique cheerful personality till the end of file life (at 67 years old from cancer).
Her favorite writer was Jerome K. Jerome not a typical favorite author for popular singers.
A huge loss for us. RIP.
See also Lyudmila Senchina - Wikipedia

[Jan 25, 2018] Vladimir Visotskij

[Jan 24, 2018] Vyacheslav Dobryinin

[Jan 23, 2018] Valeriy Obodzinskiy

Valery Obodzinsky - Wikipedia. See also The star and death of Valery Obodzinsky

[Jan 21, 2018] Jeanna Friske

[Jan 14, 2018] Ян Френкель Вальс расставания

[Jan 12, 2018] Elena Obraztsova

One of the best Carmen on world scene. He actually performed on stage up to her death with her last role as the old lady in Pique Dame

[Jan 11, 2018] Russian Romance: Those Were the Days (Dorogoy Dlinnoyu)

[Jan 10, 2018] Russian Basso Profondo




Artur Eizen







Taras Shtonda



Mark Riezen

[Jan 09, 2018] Leonid Kharitonov

[Jan 08, 2018] Vladimir Ivashov

[Jan 07, 2018] Evening bells

[Jan 06, 2018] Orthodox Chants

There are several interesting samples of unique polyphonic musical tradition of Russian Orthodox Church on YouTube. Among them:

[Jan 05, 2018] Odnozuchno gremit kolokolcik

[Jan 04, 2018] V lunnom siyanie (Snow shines under bright moonlight)

Старинный русский романс В лунном сиянии снег серебрится в исполнении Гульнары Исмаевой

Олег Погудин В лунном сиянии

Марина Девятова. В лунном сиянии.

[Jan 03, 2018] Russian tango

See also really amazing performance on ice: Utomlennoe solnce-Tat'yana Navka i Marat Basharov

[Jan 02, 2018] Russian Waltzs

Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker

Waltz from Sleeping Beauty

Swan Lake Waltz

Valse Sentimentale

Waltz of the Snowflakes

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin Opera - Waltz

Na sopkah Manchzhurii

Dmitri Shostakovich - Waltz 2 From Jazz Suite

Dmitri Shostakovich - Lyric Waltz

Waltz Masquerade

Aram Khachaturian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sviridov the Snowstorm Waltz

My tender beast

Noch svetla

Sevastopol waltz


School Waltz

School Waltz 2

Waltz about Waltz

White Waltz

Russian Waltz

Dream Waltz

Moon Waltz

Waves of Dunay

Amur Waves

Старинный русский вальс "Амурские волны" М.Кюсс,инструментовка Г.Пучкова,исп.ЦВО МО РФ,дир.А.Колотушкин.В 1909 году Макс Кюсс во Владивостоке написал и исполнил с оркестром написанный им вальс

The Russian hussars Waltz from the movie "o bedmon gusare zamolvite slovo"

Andrei Petrov Valse from the movie Beware Of Automobile

Walts "St.Petersburg misteries" by Andrey Petrov

Remembering Flowers

Waltz of separation

Autumn dreams

[Feb 09, 2017] Russian sport songs

Футбольный марш

Алексей Гоман и Домисольки - Спортивный марш

Закаляйся-Первая перчатка

Герои спорта

Звезда искусственного льда

Людмила Гурченко Команда молодости нашей

Да разве сердце позабудет...-Баллада о спорте

Трус не играет в хоккей

Высоцкий - Профессионалы (редкий вариант)


Вершина - Владимир Высоцкий

Do svidanja, Moskva - Good Bye, Moscow

Л. Сенчина и Р. Ибрагимов - Старт дает Москва

Темп из к/ф Баллада о спорте (1980) Композитор: Александра Пахмутова Слова: Н. Добронравов

Муслим Магомаев - Стадион моей мечты-1. Muslim Magomaev

Мне с детства снилась высота - О спорт-ты мир!

Домисолька - Попурри из песен о спорте

[Jan 1, 20128] Songs from cult mvies "Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath!" -- usually shown on Russian TV on Dec 31...

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Music of Russia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia pretty weak :-(

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Старая пластинка Мелодии 30х - 60х (The School of Russian and Asian Studies

The Yale Russian Chorus

The Yale Russian Chorus is an cappella ensemble composed of members from the Yale University and New Haven community. The group's mission is to celebrate the rich music and culture of the former Soviet Union. Since its inception in 1953, the Chorus has become a widely-acclaimed ensemble, performing an extensive repertoire of folk, liturgical, classical, and contemporary music from Russia and its neighboring republics.

The Slavyanka Mens Slavic Chorus

The Slavyanka Men's Slavic Chorus regularly presents a cappella concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area. The repertoire is liturgical and folk music, mostly Russian. 'Slavyanka' is the name that the early Russian settlers in California gave to the river that is today known as the Russian River. Slavyanka was formed in 1979 by several former members of the Yale Russian Chorus. The founder of Slavyanka and director until 1991 was Paul Andrews.

Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir New York Metro area choir

Best Russian Songs - MP3 Music Streams on IMEEM

Here are some sources for the lyrics to Russian songs in KOI8 Cyrillic fonts and transliterated for regular fonts.

MIT Russian Club

The MIT Russian Club is the repository of the lyrics of Russian popular songs written by virtually all the major contemporary popular song writers. To decode them you will need the music, some of which is provided on the site. The lyrics are provided in KOI8 fonts and transliterated.

Simon Hawkin's Russian Bards

This site includes a healthy selection of Russian popular songs, including the latest songs from the Russian army fighting in Chechnya.

Russian dance top 40

Russian Composers

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

Information on one of the ultimate sources of 20th century music is beginning to appear on the Web. The Bolshoy Theatre has pictures from their productions of two of his operas. Hopefully, there will be more soon. Stravinsky owes too much to Mussorgsky for the latter to be so ignored.

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)

Only a few web sites are devoted to Sergei Prokiev. Bruce maintains one with a good deal of promise. Chad Twedt offers a short essay on Prokofiev here.

Sergei Vassilievich Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Vassilievich Rachmaninoff was born on April 1, 1873, at Semyonovo, the family estate near the ancient city of Novgorod. He was not only a gifted pianist who loved to tour the US, but was a major romantic composer, as well. Rachmaninoff was associated with the Western-oriented St. Petersburg Conservatory with the Rubenstein brothers and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The International Rachmaninoff Society provides a history and critique of Rachmaninoff's lesser known 3rd Piano Concerto. I have also been able to find a a Rachmaninoff Lover's page, for those currently or previously in love. Whatever the Web has to offer on Rachmaninoff can probably be found at one of the sites of the Rachmaninoff Webring.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)

A biography of Rimsky-Korsakov and the libretto in transliterated Russian to his opera, May Night, based on a story by Gogol may be found here. Even better, OperaGlass, a site maintained on Rick Bogart's workstation at Stanford, contains a listing of all of Rimsky-Korsakov's operas with a libretto, synopsis, performance history for most of them.

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Ian McDonald's Music under Soviet Rule has become the richest source of information on Shostakovich. It now includes a substantial literary archive of articles on Shostakovich and his music as well as a detailed chronology of his life. Simon Hawkin's Shostakovich site also has some interesting links. Alexandre H. Hohmann offers pictures, libretti, sound files and links at his mysterious site. Another rich resource of Shostakovichiana may be found at the site of the same name. New! Association Internationale "Dimitri Chostokovich"

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

Stravinsky, of course, played a major role in changing the course of music in the 20th century with the infamous debut of 'The Rite of Spring' in Paris in 1913. An excellent short biography may be found in Finland. But John Harrington's site remains the best source of information on Stravinsky. It now includes an complete annotated list of Stravinsky's works. Last but certainly not least comes Victor Huang's excellent site, rich with photographs and MIDI files of Stravinsky's music. A good place to start.

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Tchaikovsky, the composer of the music you are now listening to, was the ultimate master of Romantic music. Remarkably, there is currently very little about Tchaikovsky on the Web--a time-line, and a small collection of MIDI sequences of his music.

Russian Musical Instruments


The quintessential Russian musical instrument is the triangular balalaika. Would you believe it, there is an association for these instruments in America.

The balalaika family of instruments includes instruments of various sizes, from the highest-pitched to the lowest: the piccolo balalaika, prima balalaika, secunda balalaika, alto balalaika, bass balalaika, and contrabass balalaika. The prima balalaika is the most common; the piccolo is rare. There have also been descant and tenor balalaikas, but these are considered obsolete. All have three-sided bodies; spruce, evergreen, or fir tops; and backs made of three to nine wooden sections (usually maple). They are typically strung with three strings, and the necks are fretted.


The domra (Russian: домра) is a long-necked Russian string instrument of the lute family with a round body and three or four metal strings.

Other Russian Music Sites

Classical Music of St. Petersburg

This site features the concert schedules of all the concert halls, their addresses, biographies of composers (forthcoming), and MP3 snippets of classical music. Worth a visit now and getting better every day.

Bolshoi Theatre

The mother of them all is the Bolshoi-opera and ballet in one theater. One of the world's great opera houses and home of the finest classical ballet troup in the world. The Bolshoi Theater web-server provides a complete history complete with historical photographs. The also has several pages on the Bolshoi, including a history of it and an interview with its director, Vassiliev. Finally, Seanet has a brief description, too.

Gregorian Chants

Gregorian chant is one of the many traditions of liturgical song that developed in the Christian church during the medieval period. The liturgical chant texts were created in ancient languages, the most important of which were Greek, Latin, Old Slavonic, the language of the Bulgarian, Russian, and Serbian Orthodox churches.

Kirov-Mariinsky Ballet

The St. Petersburg ballet theater was established by Catherine the Great in the Mariinsky Theater and shortly became one of the great companies in the world. This site contains a history, interviews with principle dancers, instructors, a review of the Vaganova Ballet School, and a great deal of information on the Nutcracker Ballet from which the music you now hear was taken.

Les Ballets Russe

Program notes, information on Nijinski, Pavlova, Fokine, Balanchine, and all the great performers and composers of the Russian company which took the breath of Paris away at the beginning of the century. Jenny Gorman and Chris Sippel have provided a short essay on the Ballets at the Rhodes College site.

Lyle Neff's Files on Russian Classical Music

Links to information on a wide range of classical Russian composers of the 19th and 20th century along, including biographies, librettos, lists of works. It may be soon moving to Delaware.

Music under Soviet Rule

Thanks to Southern Illinois University Ian McDonald's delightful site is back with all its general information on Soviet music plus individual pages on Prokofiev, Shostakovich and many minor composers. It also contains CD information, chronologies of more than a dozen Soviet composers, and information on Soviet music discussion groups.

Musical Heritage of Eastern Europe and Russia

This is the web site of an exciting course on Russian and Eastern European music and culture by Patricia Gray of Rhodes College. It includes a rich array of background notes on music and icons, graphics, musical selections in AIFF files, and links to related sites. A wonderful place to visit even if you are not enrolled, if you like Russian music.

Onno van Rijen's 20th Century Russian Music Site

This is a site with opus lists of all the well-known 20th century Russian composers and most of the minor ones. There is also information about the availability of CDs with these composers' music.

St. Petersburg Conservatory

A magnificent site with quick, appealing and most appropriate JAVA applets. This site is interesting for its history and links to other Russian music sites, especially Russian Classics On-line -- real stereo performances of various world symphonies delivered via stream audio. Be sure you have the Real Audio plug-in installed before you enter the concert hall you will want to leave the music on as you continue to move around the web. If you don't already have it, you may download it on the site. This is a major on-line event for Russian culture. Don't miss it!

Folk Culture THE BALALAIKA Vladimir Vysotsky

Vysotsky's gruff voice and starkly, sometimes slyly, poetic lyrics have inspired two generations of Russians and are working their way into the young hearts of a third. In addition to the major Vysotsky web site


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