Soviet soundtrack – best songs from Soviet films

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Popular music and Soviet film What kind of music do people usually listen to? Of course, Tchaikovski’s and Shostakovich’s works define Russian high culture, but it is unlikely you work out to Swan Lake (except if you’re a ballerina), and you’ll hear Viktor Tsoy’s Кукушка a lot more often in the repertoir of street musicians.… Continue reading

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A Jazz Lover’s Guide to St. Petersburg

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There was a saying in the former Soviet Union: “Today he plays jazz, tomorrow he’ll sell out his motherland”. Back then, jazz was seen as Western, subversive and something not to be trusted. Fortunately, times have changed, and today St. Petersburg attracts top jazz performers from across Russia and indeed the world. Every year, the… Continue reading

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St. Petersburg: the place for music lovers!

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Saint Petersburg is called “The capital of Russian rock”, but this definition doesn’t give the idea of how much music is alive through the streets of this culturally thriving city. There is something for all tastes: while walking along the central streets in the evening it is not uncommon, through the windows of the cafes,… Continue reading

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Exploring the best Moscow clubs on the scene

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So, I finally get onto my favourite topic! Before I came out to Moscow I was really excited about immersing myself in the electronic music scene out here. And some of my best experiences on my trip so far have been in clubs, listening to Russian DJs or meeting Muscovites out having a good time… Continue reading

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The Moscow Jazz Scene

When you think of jazz maybe a smoke-filled Harlem basement or a raucous New Orleans music hall comes to mind. The wintery streets of Moscow probably don’t. But Russia has a fascinating, nearly century old relationship with jazz.   A brief history of Russian jazz  Jazz was imported into Russia by Valentin Parnakh, a Russian… Continue reading

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