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Rachmaninoff accompanying Nadejda Plevitskaya.  It’s the folk tune he used as the third of the Three Russian Songs, Op. 41, the subject of my dissertation.

The translation is, roughly:

“Get off my face, white powder and rouge!  My husband is coming home and bringing with him a silken whip.  He wants to beat me, though I don’t know why.  Here’s all I did wrong: at the neighbor’s gathering, I sat across from a young man, offered him a glass of mead.  He pressed my hand and called me ‘sweetheart’ in front of everyone.”

Fabulous performances from singer and pianist alike, and the accompaniment has much in common with the Op. 41 choral/orchestral version, rich in hermeneutic insight.  Not to mention fun as hell.

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