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Russia is a large and extremely culturally diverse country, with dozens of ethnic groups, each with their own forms of music. During the period of Soviet domination, music was highly scrutinized and kept within certain boundaries of content and innovation. After the fall of the USSR, western-style rock and pop music became the most popular musical forms in Russia. Some native artists broke through.

Russia has a long history of classical music innovation. The first important Russian composer was Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857), who added religious and folk elements to classical compositions.
Russian Rock.

In the 1910s romances (in exotic Russian, Caucasian, Gypsy and Italian styles) became very popular. The greatest and most popular singers of romances usually sang in operas at the same time. The most popular was Fyodor Shalyapin. Singers usually composed music and wrote the lyrics, such as Alexander Vertinsky, Konstantin Sokolsky, Pyotr Leshchenko. Musically and structurally based on romances are the bard songs (starting in the 60's) and the criminal songs. The bard genre can be compared to the American folk-revival movement of the 60's, closer to poetry than music. Artists like Bulat Okudzhava, Alexander Galich and Vladimir Vysotskiy all wrote their own songs, and the recordings were distributed underground.

Many underground rock bands arose during late 1970s: Mashina Vremeni, Aquarium, Autograph, Center.
During Perestroika rock music became mainstream. Popular bands of that time include Kino, Alisa, Aria, DDT, Nautilus Pompilius, Sektor Gaza, Grazhdanskaya Oborona, Secret.
DDT, Aria and Alisa are still active today and are very popular with the modern youth.

The quantity of music projects in modern Russia is enormous.
Middle 90's showed decline for Russian rock due to economic problems, changes in mentality and mass media reorientation. Still, there are many popular rock bands including, Mumiy Troll, Pilot, Zemfira, Splean and many still-functioning 80's bands such as Mashina Vremeni, Akvarium, DDT, Grazhdanskaya Oborona, Alisa, Piknik.

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Classical Russian Romances
$ 17.50
Classical Russian romances by renowned Russian composers of the 19th century.

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Yuri Temirkanov. Suites from ballet.
$ 17.50
This CD offers a bright program of splendid ballet suites conducted by Temirkanov.


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Alexander Vertinsky "Songs of the Love"
$ 45.20
A tall dressed in the costume of Pierrot. A white mask of the face set off the dramatic blackened brow and scarlet mouth. Up flew his unusually expressive hands with elongated fingers he began to sing

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Marina Laslo "Confession. Chelsea Romance"
$ 26.45
This album was created in the Chelsea and contains 12 marvelous romances written on the music of such famous Russian composers as Musorgskiy, Rimskiy-Korsakov, Glinka and Rachmaninov.

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Marina Laslo "Classic Revolution"
$ 15.80
This album contains the masterpieces of the classic music of the 17-20 centuries in the arrangement of the famous British musician Graham Preskett perfomed by Marina Laslo.

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Terem - Kvartet and Friends
$ 15.80
Terem-Kvartet is a modern Russian group performing all kind of music on the traditional Russian instruments such as bayan, domra and balalaika. Virtuosity of the musicians and beautiful voices.

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Feodor Chaliapin "European opera repertoire"
$ 16.10
"The highest of art is to penetrate mankind's soul" - strongly believed Fyodor Chaliapin, one of the greatest Russian singers ever to appear in Western opera houses.

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MA.GR.IG.AL "Pictures at an Exhibition"
$ 15.80
On this disc you will find the music of the famous Russian composer - Musorgsky perfomed on the traditional Russian instruments such as bayan, domra, balalaika and contrabass.


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Larisa Lusta and Ma.GR.IG.AL
$ 15.80
This album is a fruit of the collaboration of Larisa Lusta Learn More

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