A Ball to the Sounds of Strauss (Vladimir Pervunensky, 2005)
You can almost hear An der Schönen, Blauen Donau (The Beautiful Blue Danube), can you not? Little did they know that they were living at the end of an age… that this was going to be the last waltz for many a year…
I just had to include some Strauss, no?
The Last Tsar of Russia
Of course, this is an equestrian portrait of Royal Martyr Tsar St Nikolai Aleksandrovich the Passionbearer (1868-1918). He’s in front of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. We in America have a special reason to hold Tsar St Nikolai in veneration. Many of the earliest Orthodox churches in this country were built using funds from the tsar’s privy purse. If it weren’t for this aid, there’d be no Orhtodoxy in America today. There are factions in Orthodoxy in this country that minimise Tsar St Nikolai’s role in our history. They shouldn’t be listened to and we should give them short shrift.
A Thaw in Old Moscow (Vladimir Pervunensky, 2007)
In the Vortex of the Waltz (Vladimir Pervunensky, 2007)
We should have some Chopin to go with this…