It is any Russian’s best friend. No, not a person… but in the past that’s how the Russians treated their samovar. It had a place of honor at the table… and in many homes it still does.
“Tea from a samovar tastes much better than tea from an electric kettle,” said samovar enthusiast Konstantin Ziskin, “It smells of smoke, fresh wood and pine cones!”
Literally a self-boiler, a samovar has traditionally been used to heat water for tea… And that’s how it’s done the old way… Water from the well… wood chips… and a lot of huffing and puffing make up the recipe for a perfect tea time.
I found this song by accident and it really caught my ear, so to speak. Svet has posted another song by this man, but until today I never realized much about him.
Boris Shtokolov (Russian: Борис Тимофеевич Штоколов) (March 19, 1930 – January 6, 2005) was a famous Soviet and Russian singer, one of the greatest basses of the 20th century. Boris Shtokolov was born in the city of Kuznetsk, Kemerovo Oblast (USSR). In 1949 he entered the Ural State Conservatory in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg) but wanted to became a military pilot. Georgy Zhukov having heard his singing said: “There are many guys like you in aviation, but in opera singing you are unique”. In 1950-1951 he was singing at the Sverdlovsk Philarmonic Society before he became a soloist at the Sverdlovsk Opera and Ballet Theater. In 1959 he was invited to the Mariinsky Theatre in Leningrad where he gained world fame as a leading soloist from 1959 to 1989. At the Mariinsky Theater he sang a great number of roles, such as Ruslan, Don Basilio, Boris Godunov, Ivan Susanin, the title role in Anton Rubinstein’s The Demon, Prince Gremin, Mefistofele, and many others. (Link)
Here he is singing Evening Bell – Evening Bell (Вечерний звон) is a popular Russian song written in 1828 by Ivan Kozlov and Alexander Alyabyev. The lyrics are adapted from a Russian-themed verse by Thomas Moore. (Link)