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In this section I will offer audio items that could not fit into the above categories properly.




The Last Tsar (BBC4)
By Ian Curteis


Ian Curteis's drama examines an enduring mystery of the First World War - the apparent refusal of King George V to give sanctuary in England to his cousin Tsar Nicholas and his young family after the Tsar had been forced to abdicate following the Russian Revolution.
They look alike as the proverbial peas - George V and his beloved cousin Tsar Nicholas II. But is blue blood thicker than water? Ian Curteis's intimate play of politics and sentiment asks just that difficult question. It is 1917 and there is revolution in Russia and the whole world is at war. Lloyd George offers to give the deposed Romanovs sanctuary, but the king can't decide. Of course, his heart tells him to rescue his cousins but, as we know, that wasn't to be. Why not? With a proven track record of dramatising history, Curteis has a sublime touch that humanises the rough, royal old salt, even slipping in a sly nudge of humour for the listener.


Grigori Efimovich Rasputin: Almost the Truth (BBC4)
By Wally K Daly


The action begins in the late winter of 1916. This thought provoking drama stars Robert Glenister as the charismatic monk who had a commanding influence over the Russian Royal Family. Was he really as black as he was painted? A historical play which examines whether history has been unjust to Rasputin and his role within the Russian Revolution.



Pimsleur - Learn to Speak Russian
Dr. Paul Pimsleur devoted his life to language teaching and testing and was one of the world’s leading experts in applied linguistics. After years of experience and research, Dr. Pimsleur developed The Pimsleur Method based on two key principles: the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory training that he called “Graduated Interval Recall.” This Method has been applied to the many levels and languages of the Pimsleur Programs.
God Save The Tsar
God Save the Tsar was the national anthem of the late Russian Empire. The song was chosen from a competition held in 1833. The composer was violinist Prince Alexei Lvov, and the lyrics were by the court poet Vasily Zhukovsky. It was the anthem until the Russian Revolution of 1917, after which "Worker's Marseillaise" was adopted as the new national anthem until the overthrow of the Russian Provisional Government. - Wikipedia
Tsar Nicholas - By Poet Jeanne Bichevskaya
Jeanne Bichevskaya is Russian singer whose repertoire includes hundreds of works - the songs of spiritual and social content of Russian folk songs, ballads, and songs on poems by poets of the Silver Age. This album is popular because the final track is supposed to have the voice of Nicholas II during a military march.