Going Christmas Carolling (Aleksandr Zakharenko. 2009)
Sunday, 10 January 2010
Saturday, 26 December 2009
The Holidays have just begun in Russia. Only a very few people celebrated on 25 December, mostly the tiny Catholic and Protestant minorities. At the beginning of the year, Russians get a 10-day holiday that covers both New Year’s and Orthodox Christmas. In short, as America winds down the celebrations, Russia ramps ‘em up. Go figure!
Dede and Snegurochka are having a nice rest before the New Year’s and Orthodox Christmas. Come, come to the table and sit… you’re always welcome.
Friday, 25 December 2009
Idiomatic translation of the text:
What’s that wonderful menagerie? Why, they’re new toys, of course!
They came from the bulging sack of good old Dede Moroz, just as he promised!
Since Tchaikovsky’s ballet Caisse-Noisette (The Nutcracker) is so associated with Christmas, here are some excerpts from it performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Maestro John Lanchberry.