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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Soundtrack to St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg and northern Russia’s infamous White Nights season is drawing to a close, but the city’s inhabitants are still flocking to watch the bridges being raised and strolling the streets in the early hours. However, if ambling isn’t for you, but live music is, there are plenty of events going on to catch your fancy… Continue reading

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From Overture to Grand Finale: Tchaikovsky International and Eternal Legacy

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From Overture to Grand Finale: Tchaikovsky International and Eternal Legacy It doesn’t take a Russophile to know the name Tchaikovsky and be able to enjoy all the way from overture to the grand finale. It doesn’t even take a music genius. Tchaikovsky’s name is known worldwide: his compositions are some of the most recognisable pieces… Continue reading

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Impressions of the Autumn Festival of Lights 2016

My impressions about the Autumn Festival of Lights! As announced, one of the most spectacular festivals of the year took place in Saint Petersburg during this weekend and our expectations were more than excelled. I visited the Autumn Festival of Lights 2016 with two friends of mine on Friday, 5th November and Saturday, 6th at… Continue reading

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