Soviet-era conductors
The Soviet era was generous with talents. The history of world culture includes the names of brilliant Soviet pianists, violinists, cellists, singers and, of course, conductors. At this time, formed…

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“Jazz is based on a great love of music”
- Jazz appeared in Russia in Soviet times - was it different then? And which of the musicians of that era influenced the development of trends in Russia? - We…

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“Jazz is based on a great love of music”
- Jazz appeared in Russia in Soviet times - was it different then? And which of the musicians of that era influenced the development of trends in Russia? - We…

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Pyotr Tchaikovsky about the opera

The composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky wrote not only music, but also about music. He published critical articles, wrote in letters and personal diaries about new musical compositions and raised global creative issues. Tchaikovsky often reflected on opera, which, in his opinion, alone gave composers “a means to communicate with the masses of the public.” We recall fragments from articles, letters and diaries of Tchaikovsky devoted to opera art. Continue reading

Pioneers of Russian chanson

In the Russian music industry of the 1990s, the concept of “Russian chanson” was a substitute for the inconvenient term “blatant song”. But in the first half of the 20th century, Russian chanson was understood as foxtrots and tangos far from the criminal theme, as well as emigrant, pop, gypsy songs and urban romances. We recall the great performers who stood at the origins of Russian chanson. Continue reading

They were the first to play jazz.

The jazz was presented to the music world by a meeting of two cultures – European and African. At the international wave in the early 20s of the twentieth century musical direction broke into the Land of the Soviets. We recall the performers who were the first to play jazz in the USSR.

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NARKOMFIN conducted the first audit
“We got together with the guys a couple of weeks before the concert ... There were only a few rehearsals, all great professionals. After two albums it was not clear,…

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Russian operas that conquered the world
Domestic history, literature and music in a single piece. Stage unity of music, voice, drama plot. For the first time, opera came to Russia in the 18th century with Italian…

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Tamara Sinyavskaya. Noble prima donna
Tamara Sinyavskaya was admitted to an internship at the Bolshoi Theater against all the rules: at a very young age, at 20, and without a conservatory education. A year later,…

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Vladimir Spivakov: “In music there is everything that exists in space”
The chief conductor and artistic director of the State Chamber Orchestra "Moscow Virtuosos", the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia Vladimir Spivakov told Kultura.RF portal about how to succeed the beginner…

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