https://www.duolingo.com/jennadilts

Some fun Russian music to listen to while learning?

Any suggestions for some good Russian singers to listen to? (I'm really only looking for family-friendly stuff; I've got kids at home with me!) This is one of my favorite parts of learning languages. I already know a little Serbo-Croatian and we all really enjoy Toše Proeski, but I'm willing to give anything a listen!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/s128baetz
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Toše Proeski! * nationalism intensifies* As I do not know many good Russian songs, I can direct you to some websites with Russian music! My favorite is www.tunein.com as it works for mostly any country. Another I can recommend is www.russianinternet.com , Good luck and have fun learning! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/d0rq

Have a look for traditional folk music. I'm a little partial to my own orchestra, here are some examples:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QayY_cV509U https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YX4MoDOFF5k

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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Not bad at all!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jennadilts

Very beautiful!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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Quite good!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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My favorite choir is Кубанский Казачий Хор, search for them on YouTube and you'll find a lot. DjukiNew1957 has a lot of their music and others with English subtitles of varying quality. Наталья Губа and Виктор Сорокин are the best soloists. They sing in Ukrainian as well as Russian. Some favorites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1LdxctI5OA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHCwjHhUvIc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KetKBIwcieA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJIAt48bK8w

You can also find a lot of good songs by searching for Red Army Choir / Ансамбль Александрова. If you like folk-rock (I don't), you may like Ансамбль Криница or Жанна Бичевская.

Some other music I like:

Ансамбль Частушка - Песни Геннадия и Анастасии Заволокиных (Геннадий Заволокн was the greatest accordionist of Russia): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIVE6HknTdI

Хор Сретенского монастыря - Выду ночью в поле с конём (great monastery choir, they sing both Orthodox and traditional music): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5akf__LUUU

Любэ - Ясный сокол (not a rock song, though Любэ perform mostly rock. They're Vladimir Putin's favorite band, incidentally): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZN_by52YfQ

Казачий ансамбль Атаман - Растревожили ветры вольные (Атаман is a mixture of traditional Cossack and newer patriotic music, including some rock songs. Also a little Orthodox music): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3Exfl6RhFk

If that's not enough for you, I can give a lot more recommendations.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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All that I've linked is family-friendly, by the way. Depending on how family-friendly you want, there may be a few Red Army Choir and perhaps Кубанский Казачий Хор songs that are suspect. Ансамбль Частушка, Хор Сретенского монастыря (obviously) and Ансамбль Атаман are devout Orthodox so certainly family-friendly, though depending on your beliefs theologically questionable sometimes.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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By the way, is it considered cheating to upvote your own comments?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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I do it if they get downvoted for no particular reason. Otherwise, I don't usually. Unless you're downvoting me for doing a smiley without a nose. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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Started to upvote, then I noticed...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/an_alias
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>Because on the ЙЦУКЕН keyboard it's a pain to Shift + 6 to get the :

Is THAT what the colon is?! I never use punctuation in my Russian answers here because I count myself lucky to know what the letters are but have no hope of sorting out the punctuation.

Of course (I smugly say) I just WindowsKey+Space back to American and I can do what I want! (Do I have to point out this is a joke/sarcasm?)

(I'm also looking for a different Russian keyboard chart - the one I have now is good for letters but anything else seems to be a "Here be dragons" void.)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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anything else seems to be a "Here be dragons" void

You'll be well prepared for the "History" skill then...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnIsAPandah

Smileys without noses are the best kind :P ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/an_alias
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I thought the true Russian way was no noses, no eyes. )))

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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Indeed. Because on the ЙЦУКЕН keyboard it's a pain to Shift + 6 to get the :. So if I'm going to insist on noses, I guess I'll have to start doing this -)))

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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Of course they are! P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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:)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/s128baetz
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That's a lot! Have some lingots!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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Thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lisa4duolingo
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If you don't have time to listen to all of those listed by Theron126 above, I highly recommend the following from it:

Kuban Cossack Choir - When we were at war

Horse - The choir of the Sretensky Monastery -- Хор Сретенского монастыря - Выду ночью в поле с конём (great monastery choir, they sing both Orthodox and traditional music)

The English translations I provided are compliments of Google Translate.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jennadilts

Wow, thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sara_scout

How about some Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Borodin, or Prokofiev? Russians have written some pretty amazing classical music. Stravinsky's Petrouchka is awesome. For Tchaikovsky try Symphony No. 4 or Capriccio Italien. For Borodin I suggest Symphony No. 2 or In the Steppes of Central Asia. Prokofiev Piano Concerto 3 or his Romeo and Juliet ballet suites. Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol is awesome. Scheherezade is worth a listen as well! Glinka's Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla is lovely.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sara_scout

Here's a link to a production of the ballet Petrouchka. It's some trippy stuff! It's about puppets! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQSV-hgUXsw

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sara_scout

One more thing. Here's a video of conductor Gergiev with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra doing the Russlan and Ludmilla overture. It's almost too fast haha. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nyx99YcHdIQ

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jennadilts

Awesome suggestions, I'm already partial to Tchaikovsky in particular! Thanks :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eugeniop.
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sunsay, 5nizza, alina orlova

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ArturYeon

Well, if you enjoy pop-rock, there's Земфира who's just really cool, I love her style. This is her, live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB3XNOAngc0

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AaronTupaz
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How about the Russian version of the movie Frozen's "Let it go"? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxqYInBDwss

It's family-friendly and has english subtitles. The Russian subtitles can be found scrolling a bit down the comments.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jennadilts

Well, my kids are totally okay with this particular notion! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/darunia_tesla
3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jennadilts

Yes! This is fun, thank you.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Skjellyfetti

Ленинград - Рыба

https://vimeo.com/54757931

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jennadilts

Have a lingot for making the baby dance! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/an_alias
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This is very late but I feel like you should have added that while Fish might be family friendly, Leningrad as whole is generally (entirely?) not. I'm glad jennadilts' baby enjoyed it, though! I do, too! Quite a lot!

But they are not the first group that comes to mind when someone asks for family-friendly music. Also, I love Шнур and his response to the ban. A bit off-topic but it reminds me of Tim Minchin's response to a similar issue.

And even further off-topic, anyone who thinks that those who swear prolifically are in any way less intelligent or only able to simplistically express ideas need to take a closer look at these two very clever performers.

Circling back - they're still not generally family friendly though.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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if you like pop, try Dima Bilan

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eccentricvirgo

How about some Vitas (витас)? He is not for people who can't stand men who sing in falsetto a lot, but he's covered so many songs in a bunch of different styles (including Italian opera, the song from the movie The Fifth Element, a Romanian folk song, traditional Russian songs) and has a variety of his own tunes. This is a recent cover that is catchy and has been stuck in my head and the video has the words! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-kpKRrhkvM

I like watching YouTube videos of his interviews too, as he is a slow, thoughtful, deliberate speaker.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AwesomeOwlOz

If you have kids home then you should definitely watch "masha and the bear / Маша и Медведь" with them :) But it when it comes to music - maybe try Mumiy Troll

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jennadilts

We've watched that before! We love Маша!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jennadilts

Thanks, everyone! We're all enjoying the suggestions so far!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dfwgator
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One of my favorite singers, was Czeslaw Niemen, who was Polish but grew up in the Soviet Union before moving to Poland, and as a child learned Russian folksongs, which he recorded.

Some songs here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MACCMBWqPs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STJtMhocq1Y

I also recommend Anna German, who also lived in Poland but recorded many Russian songs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7K38TyIWEU

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TojaSnow
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Try Alexey Vorobyov, songs like Now or never, Bolshe chem lyubov, Leto or Alisa. Don’t be confused by the english title, it's in russian but you'll find it online more easily like this. Hope you like it!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jero.mar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXDRPtufEbA - kipelov - ya svoboden https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THL6yWFf5-s - ariya - vozimi moe serdtse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS1xWQwcs0U - sashka poem - m.lermontov https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkHLfa1ERo0 - galina - l.vasilek i beli den https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaGPf0Uluk0 - razgovor so smertyu - mongol shuudan

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kalex814

Aside from some classical composers already mentioned, I don't know much Russian music, but I do I like this lullaby a lot from the latest "Anna Karenina" flm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwOHDO7DJXc

It's called "The Girl and the Birch" by Dario Marianelli, based off a fairy tale. If any of you are interested in learning the words or how to play it on piano, you can find the sheet music with the lyrical phonetic spelling (and translation) here: http://kodalysongweb.net/sites/default/files/Birch%20Tree%20(russion%20lyrics)_0.pdf

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Russguy04

григорий лепс! He has such a cool sounding voice. https://youtu.be/PDm9HfLCagM?list=RDVHRx2puAWMQ

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lisa4duolingo
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Who, if anyone, would you say is the Russian equivalent of the following:

Tarkan

Madonna

Duran Duran

Depeche Mode

Erasure

The Beattles

Pink Floyd

Aerosmith

Journey

Foo Fighters

David Bowie

Prince

Ricky Martin

The Gypsy Kings

George Michael

Harry Connick, Jr.

Celine Dion

Rammstein

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndrewSirius

Уматурман, БИ-2, Любэ

2 years ago
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