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Russian Shanson

Russian waltz Romances
Russian Tango Russian Basso Profondo Emigration songs Classic Ukrainian songs Russian interpretation of foreign hits Female Vocal Groups Old Russian Rock Groups    
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               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
Introduction was converted to a separate page: My musical tastes

In the past people waited years, traveled large distances on horses. and spent small fortunes on listening to certain pieces of music maybe once in their entire adult lives, and that the lower classes probably never heard any classical music at all.

Now we can listen most masterpieces with a few flicks of mouse (or finger on touch  screen), whenever we want. Think about it. 

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Note: Other things equal, higher quality performances are listed first. Performances listed last might not represent true potential of the singer/band.

[Dec 31, 2019] Random finding for December, Dec 2018

[Nov 31, 2019] Random finding for November, 2018

[Nov 30, 2018] Одинокая гармонь

One of the masterpieces among Soviet lyrical songs. Allegory of unshared love and the sounds of lonely accordion on the suburbs of a village is simply great.

Георг ОТС - Одинокая гармонь

[Dec 03, 2018] Vladimir Vysotsky. My Gypsy Song (Vse ne tak rebyata")

Famous song of Vladimir Vysotsky about Soviet system. Sound now as if it was written about the current crisis of neoliberalism I found several translation of it at Vysotsky Translations Of course, original is better, but it is assessable only for Russian-speaking readers
Dreaming I see yellow lights 
Hoarsely scream while dreaming 
Give me time, oh give me time
Morning will be easy 
But the morning was also hard 
My party have been over 
So I am smoking on empty gut
Or drinking in hangover

I saw the pub-a lot of fun 
And many sexy women 
This place is heaven for drunkard 
But for me it's prison 
In holy church was dusk and stunk 
Priest burned incensed honey 
No, even church was wrong, I think 
Nothing there was holy

I saw wild field along the stream 
That God forgot forever 
Blue bells were only in clear field 
And road that led somewhere
Dark ancient forest by this road 
With evil witches orgies
And at the end of that scary road 
Were guillotine and axes 

So loosing breath I climbed on hill
To save myself from horror 
I saw red alder on the top of hill 
But at the foot-black cherry 
If even ivy twined hills slope
I might be happy see it 
Or, if there was only something else
But nothing pleased my spirit 

So, I am dreaming on empty gut
Or drinking in hangover
Yes, something wrong along the road 
But at the end nightmare 
Neither church nor even pub
Non of them is right way
Nor my friends, oh nor my friends 
All are wrong, friends, I can say 

Hey one, another one,
And many, many, many, many ones 
Another one and other ones 
All are wrong, I can say.

Trans. by Roy

In my dream burn yellow lights,
And I spill my sorrow:
"Do not go - please, stay the night!
Wait! Fresh for the morrow!"
But the morning seems all wrong,
No joy - more's the pity -
Ugh - the hair of the dog,
Of the dog that bit you!

In the bars, red, bloodshot eyes,
All that sparkling poison -
Clowns' and beggars' paradise
And my gilded prison.
In the church, stench, Evensong,
Even gold looks shabby...
No, the church, it feels all wrong,
Not the way it should be!

In a hurry, I climb up,
Why? I do not know.
There's an alder-tree on top,
A cherry-tree below.
Wish there was plush on the slope -
It would look less scrubby.
There is not a bloody hope,
Nothing's as it should be.

I keep searching high and low:
Oh my God, where are you?
By the roadside, bluebells grow,
And the road climbs higher.
All along the road, a wood
Full of witches, fellows.
At the end of that long road
Nothing but the gallows.

Horses dancing all along,
Smoothly dance the horses.
On the road it seems all wrong,
At the end, much worser.
Nothing's holy anymore,
Neither drink nor prayer.
It's all wrong, boys, by the Lord,
No, boys, it's not fair...
Trans. by Tkach
Into my dream creep yellow lights,
And I shout myself hoarse in my sleep:
"Wait a bit, wait a bit -
It'll get better in the morning."
But in the morning nothing is right,
It's no fun anymore:
You either smoke on empty stomach,
Or drink from a hangover.

In the drinking-house there is a familiar sight
Of a green shot, white napkins, -
It's a heaven for beggars and buffoons,
I feel like a caged bird in it.
The church dissolves in stench and darkness ,
The deacons are smoking the incense...
No, nothing is right in here, either,
Nothing is the way it's supposed to be!

I hurry off onto the hill,
So nothing would come before me, -
There grows an alder on the hill
And under the hill - a cherry tree.
If only the ivy twined the slope, -
It would bring me a slight consolation,
If there only was something else...
But no, nothing is the way it should be!

I go off onto the field, along the river.
Tons of light, no God.
Corn-flowers in the clear field
And a road leading far away.
Along the road - a deep forest
With evil witches.
And at the end of that road -
A guillotine and axes.

Somewhere horses are dancing to the beat,
Half-heartedly and smoothly..
Nothing is right along the road,
And it's no better at the end of it.
And not the church or the drinking-house -
Nothing is holy!
No, folks, nothing is right!
Nothing is right, folks...

[Dec 02, 2018] На Безымянной Высоте Дмитрий Хворостовский (4.2003) authors М.Матусовским и В.Баснером

Now when the international situation smells with a new war, the song sound of a urgent warning to both common people and politicians


vladimir poljakov 2 years ago

Песня о реальном бое. В ночь на 14 сентября группе из 18 бойцов 8-й роты 718 полка 139-й стрелковой ‎дивизии была поставлена задача овладеть высотой 224,1 у деревни Рубеженка, ‎обеспечивающей удобный выход к реке Десна. Группу составляли в основном новосибирцы ‎‎(17 человек были из г. Новосибирска, а 10 работали на заводе "Сибметаллстрой", ныне ‎‎"Сибсельмаш"). Под командованием младшего лейтенанта Евгения Порошина бойцы смогли ‎выполнить задачу и овладеть высотой, но были отсечены от основных сил 139-й стрелковой ‎дивизии превосходящими силами противника. В течение всей ночи 18 солдат удерживали ‎высоту, отбивая атаки превосходящих сил немцев - до 500 солдат, усиленных танками, ‎артподготовкой и авиацией.‎ К утру в живых осталось двое – Герасим Лапин (дончанин) и Константин Власов (сибиряк). ‎Власова взяли в плен, он бежал из плена, воевал в партизанском отряде. Лапин был ‎обнаружен подошедшим к утру подкреплением – боец лежал среди мертвых товарищей и ‎был без сознания.‎.

[Dec 01, 2018] С.Шнуров-Разговор в вагоне-ресторане`На 100 летии А.Галича.20.10.2018

[Nov 29, 2018] Lydmila Barykina

[Nov 26, 2018] Олег Ухналёв - И не то, чтобы да - YouTube

[Nov 26, 2018] Jealousy Tango

[Nov 25, 2018] The Mail troika

Foreign performances


[Nov 25, 2018] Marina Golchenko

[Nov 24, 2018] Balalaika instrumental pieces

[Nov 12, 2018] La Campanella (Paganini)

[Nov 11, 2018] Niccolò Paganini - Caprice 24

[Nov 10, 2018] Tumbalalaika

[Nov 09, 2018] Шар голубой

[Nov 08, 2018] Galina

[Nov 06, 2018] Songs from films

[Nov 05, 2018] Песня нашей молодости Мишка Мишка

[Nov 04, 2018] Andrey Petrov - Music for Films - Андрей Петров - Музыка из кинофильмов - YouTube

[Oct 31, 2018] Random finding for October, 2018

[Oct 28, 2018] Yuri Temirkanov


[Oct 19, 2018] Murka from Odessa

Amazing, simply amazing!!!

[Oct 18, 2018] Valeriy Syomin

[Oct 16, 2018] Lydmila Sokolova

[Sep 30, 2018] Random finding for September

[Sep 29, 2018] Dark eyes (instrumental)

[Sep 25, 2018] Anatoly Solovyanenko

Ukrainian songs


[Sep 19, 2018] Flame (Plamya) rock group

[Sep 18, 2018] Anna Netrebko

[Sep 14, 2018] Nikolai Gnatyuk

[Sep 11, 2018] Joseph Kobzon

Joseph Kobzon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

[Sep 10, 2018] Larisa Dolina

[Sep 9, 2018] Yury Gulayev

Yuri Aleksandrovich Gulyayev - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

[Sep 03, 2018] Marina Devyatova

[Sep 2, 2018] Andrey Petrov

Famous Soviet composer

[Aug 30, 2018] Random findings for August

[Aug 27, 2018] On the Hills of Manchuria (Old Russian Waltz). НА СОПКАХ МАНЬЧЖУРИИ

[Aug 26, 2018] Г.В.Свиридов - Время, вперед!

[Aug 25, 2018] Oleksii Semenenko Waxman Carmen Fantasy 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition


[Aug 24, 2018] Famous Russian Romances

[Aug 22, 2018] Igor Krutoy

[Aug 18, 2018] Soprano 10

[Aug 17, 2018] Muslim Magomaev

[Aug 16, 2018] Igor Nikolaev

[Aug 15, 2018] Russian Waltzs

[Aug 14, 2018] A. Petrov - Autumn Marathon

[Aug 13, 2018] Утро (из музыки к к-ф Служебный роман, А. Петров)

[Aug 12, 2018] М. Таривердиев - музыка к х-ф Ирония судьбы...!

[Aug 11, 2018] School Waltz (Isaak Dunayevsky)

[Aug 10, 2018] Jascha Heifetz - Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso,

[Jul 31, 2018] Random finding for July 2018

[Jul 29, 2018] Вероника Круглова

[Jul 28, 2018] Vadim Mulerman

RIP (Vadim Mulerman - Soviet singer, died on Wednesday May 2nd 2018 at age 80). See also Vadim Mulerman - Wikipedia

[Jul 26, 2018] ВИА Красные маки

[Jul 26, 2018] ВИА Синяя птица Так вот какая ты

[Jul 25, 2018] Some classic pieces

[Jul 23, 2018] James Last - Russian Melodies

Published on Aug 8, 2017

James Last - Russian Melodies

  1. Miternacht In Moskau 3:07
  2. Kalinka 3:43
  3. Der Rote Safran 3:00
  4. Russischer Volkstanz 3:11
  5. Kosaken-Patroullie 3:38
  6. Schiwago-Melodie 3:20
  7. Säbeltanz 3:12
  8. Abendglocken 3:04
  9. Z wei Gitarren 2:18
  10. Nicht Der Wind 3:02
  11. Stenka Rasin 2:52
  12. Zwischen Tag Und Nacht 5:20

[Jul 22, 2018] Old Russian Waltzes

[Jul 18, 2018] ВИА Веселые ребята

[Jul 17, 2018] ВИА Здравствуй,песня

[Jul 16, 2018] Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)

[Jul 15, 2018] Вивальди-оркестр

[Jul 14, 2018] Нина Бродская

[Jul 13, 2018] ВИА Голубые гитары Ветер северный

[Jul 12, 2018] Jakob Boesherz

[Jul 11, 2018] Юрий Антонов

[Jul 10, 2018] Tatyana Ryzhkova

[Jul 09, 2018] Тонкая рябина

[Jul 08, 2018] ВИА Орэра

[Jul 07, 2018] Не повторяется такое никогда

[Jul 06, 2018] ВИА Поющие гитары - Нет тебя прекрасней (1969)

[Jul 05, 2018] Давай попробуем вернуть

[Jul 03, 2018] ВИА Самоцветы

[Jul 02, 2018] Balalaika selection

[Jul 01, 2018] Russian Virtuoso Alexey Arkhipovsky

[Jun 30, 2018] Random finding for June 2018

[Jun 28, 2018] Liberace

Liberace - Wikipedia That's obviously not all Russian pieces but have found amazingly close to Russian music in spirit

Random findings for May 2018

[May 26, 2018] Алексей Глызин

[May 25, 2018] Valentina Lisitsa

Her website is ValentinaLisitsa. See also amazing concert at train station Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody #12, played by Valentina Lisitsa on an amazing piano in St Pancras

[May 23, 2018] Polina Gagarina

Quote: "The Eurovision Contest certainly is as dreadful and cheesy as ever". And her song Polina Gagarina - A Million Voices (Russia) 2015 Eurovision Song Contest did not impress me. I think Polina Gagarina is stronger in singing more serious songs such as Нет, не любил он, then Europop. But she definitely can do both -- see The winner takes it all


[May 16, 2018] Foreign songs popular in Russia

[May 15, 2018] Vladimir Matetsky (composer)

[May 13, 2018] Masha Rasputina

[May 11, 2018] Leonid Kharitonov


Songs of war times


[May 10, 2018] Bulat Okudzhava

[May 9, 2018] Victory day

Alexandrov ensemble - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  • Татьяна Доронина - Господа юнкера
  • Господа офицеры
  • Vladimir Visotskij
  • The tanks were rattling like a thunder...
  • Журавли - Les Grues - The Cranes
  • Черноглазая казачка USSR Nostalgia СССР Ностальгия 1978
  • Случайный Вальс Дмитрий Хворостовский (4.2003)
  • Евгений Дятлов Усталая подлодка
  • Последний бой он трудный самый из к-ф Освобождение
  • Moscow defenders march
  • Александр Маршал - На безымянной высоте
  • Нина Ургант Мы за ценой не постоим
  • Эдуард Хиль Бери шинель
  • Евгений Беляев Перед дальней дорогой
  • Юрий Гуляев Жди меня
  • Владимир Трошин (за кадром) Землянка
  • Тёмная ночь - Tyomnaya Noch
  • Соловьи - Les Rossignols - Nightingales (Red Army Choir)
  • Эх. дороги (аудио)
  • Муслим Магомаев Любимый город
  • Фабрика-Огонек (на позицию девушка провожала бойца)
  • Клавдия Шульженко Синий платочек
  • Клавдия Шульженко Где же вы теперь, друзья-однополчане
  • Небесный тихоход Red Army Song
  • Plaine, Ma Plaine - Field, my field - Polyushko Polye
  • Пора в путь дорогу
  • Russian Tankist March
  • Red army choir - Song of artillerymen (Марш сталинской артиллерии)
  • махнём не глядя
  • Nightingales - Соловьи (Red Army Choir)
  • Песня из к-ф Офицеры
  • ЛЮБЭ- давай за
  • Любэ - Там, за туманами - Песня-98
  • [May 08, 2018] Anti war songs: The best way to remember the war dead is to work to ensure that their ranks do not swell

    [May 06, 2018] Ekaterina Shavrina

    [May 05, 2018] Sati Kazanova

    [May 2, 2018] Bolshoy_Children_Choir_of_the_Central_TV_and_Radio_of_the_USSR

    [May 1, 2018] May 1 -- International Labor Day.

    [Apr 30, 2018] Random findings for April

    [Apr 28, 2018] Philip Kirkorov

    [Apr 25, 2018] Группа КВАТРО

    [Apr 15, 2018] Alla Pugacheva

    [Apr 02, 2018] Eugene Magalif Don't Disappear song

    [Apr 01, 2018] Humorous songs by Vissotsky

    [Mar 31, 2018] Random findings for March 2018

    [Mar 26, 2018] Иван Шмелёв

    [Mar 26, 2018] Valentina Levko

    [Mar 25, 2018] Мария Максакова

    The Great Russian mezzo-soprano Maria Maksakova(1902-1974)

    [Mar 25, 2018] Maksakova-Игенбергс

    [Mar 24, 2018] The Best Of Anna Netrebko Album

    [Mar 24, 2018] Хворостовский, Гаранча Hvorostovsky, Garanca, Moscow 29.10.2015

    Eric Grosch1 year ago

    [Mar 23, 2018] Los Tres Tenores-Ochi Tchorniye

    [Mar 23, 2018] Enough to lie, the memories are long gone

    Enough to lie, the memories are long gone,
    Days of the past will never more return.
    Let's silence sobbing of guitar before dawn.
    I want to sing and laugh, love and enjoy.
    Be quiet Gypsy, enough to sing
    About days poisoned by grief.
    The old song will not warm me up.
    Old life and lies I want to leave.
    Be quiet Gypsy, don't cry my tribe,
    The fiery melody will fly.
    Oh, how much I'd like believe My future life won't ever pass me by.
    2. Your love is gone forever. That I know.
    We came together and then we parted ways.
    But ,as before, I won't be weeping, no!
    Because ahead are many cheery days.
    Be quite Gypsy, enough to sing
    About days poisoned by grief.
    The old song will not warm me up.
    Old life and lies I want to leave.
    Be quite Gypsy, don't cry my tribe,
    The fiery melody will fly.
    Oh, how much I'd like believe
    My future life won't ever pass me by.

    [Mar 23, 2018] Liberace

    Liberace - Wikipedia That's obviously not all Russian pieces but they are amazingly close to Russian music in spirit

    [Mar 22, 2018] Klavdiya Shulzhenko

    [Mar 21, 2018] Alexander Vertinski

    [Mar 20, 2018] Alexandr Gorodnitskiy

    Городницкий, Александр Моисеевич - Википедия

    [Mar 19, 2018] Valeriy Leontiev

    [Mar 19, 2018] Игорь Иванов

    [Mar 19, 2018] Игорь Николаев

    [Mar 19, 2018] Лариса Мондрус

    [Mar 19, 2018] Крутится вертится шар голубой

    This simplistic song has some strange attraction in it.

    [Mar 12, 2018] Irina Ponarovskaya

    [Mar 10, 2018] Fabrika

    [Mar 09, 2018] Larisa Golubkina

    [Mar 08, 2018] Andrei Mironov

    [Mar 08, 2018] Foreign romantic songs popular in Russia

    International Women's Day (Wikipedia). See also and "Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men." -- Joseph Conrad

    [Mar 07, 2018] Tatyana Bulanova

    [Mar 5, 2018] Tamara Miansarova