Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin playlist
Nothing human is alien to heads of state. Including music. For example, Donald Trump loves rock, Frank Sinatra, whom he considers his idol, is sometimes not averse to “putting on” Eminem. Angela Merkel is a conservative woman, so you don't have to be a visionary to understand that she prefers classical works. He loves the classics and Emmanuel Macron, by the way, is a professional pianist.
What is Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin listening to?
Rachmaninov Sergei Vasilievich — Piano Concerto 3 in D Minor, Op. thirty
In conversations with journalists, the head of state speaks sparingly on this topic. Based on the interview and some events, we have compiled a rough playlist of Vladimir Putin.
Putin noted that he tries to listen to music every day. It helps him to distract and concentrate on long-haul flights and in between work hours.
When asked about musical preferences, the president mainly talks about Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, Mozart, Schubert, Liszt, Bach. The president also mentioned Stravinsky and Shostakovich. He also admitted that he had not grown up to Schnittke.
The head of state himself can sit down at the piano. They say that his favorite work is “Where the Motherland Begins”, which he sings with pleasure, accompanying himself on his own.
But Vladimir Vladimirovich speaks of his abilities with irony. “Once we were sitting somewhere in St. Petersburg, cultural figures asked me to play. Well, I'm an outstanding musician, I started playing with two fingers. Denis (Matsuev - author's note) just came up, I went out, and he immediately came to me, he immediately felt the handwriting of a great master, he said: Vladimir Vladimirovich, did you play “Murka”? I confessed: it’s me, ”Putin once joked during one of the meetings.
The Beatles, ABBA…
The President has never said that he is a fan of the Liverpool Four. But in 2003, he invited Paul McCartney and his wife to the Kremlin apartment. After talking “for the press”, the journalists were removed. Then, according to rumors, McCartney performed several hits for Putin. In the evening of the same day, a concert of the legendary Beatle took place. And although in a conversation with him, the Russian leader said that he would not be able to attend the event, he nevertheless came to the concert. So the Beatles can also be considered the musical preference of Vladimir Vladimirovich.
Before the 2018 inauguration, Dmitry Peskov mentioned that Putin likes some of ABBA's compositions. This was discussed after the members of the Swedish quartet met in the studio for the first time in 35 years.
"I'm Russian and I love Russian music." In connection with these words of the president, the Lyube group, which is called Vladimir Vladimirovich's favorite team, should be singled out. And with its leader, Nikolai Rastorguev, Putin developed friendly relations. In 2002, the President attended the group's concert, after which he invited the musicians to his residence, Bocharov Ruchey.
During a gala concert in the Kremlin in 2008, the head of state presented Nikolai with a dagger. According to tradition, it is not customary to accept weapons "without paying off." Rastorguev handed 100$ to the president. Putin understood the gesture, but did not take the money. It should be added that since 2012 the leader of Lube has been a confidant of the head of Russia.
About the musical tastes of Vladimir Putin
Time Machine - Weathervane
In 2010, the president personally checked the quality of the road surface of the Chita-Khabarovsk highway, having driven several thousand kilometers in a Lada Kalina Sport. Then in the car, the radio was accompanied by discs from the Chaif, Time Machine, Grigory Leps and the Golden Ring ensemble.
It is known that Putin himself invited opera star Khibla Gerzmava to events in the Kremlin. And at the personal celebrations of the president, the Gypsy Yard ensemble performed more than once.
In addition, even before his presidency, Vladimir Vladimirovich closely watched the work of the singer Sabina Muradyan, who won the Morning Star competition in 1992 and became a pop star of the 90s. The performer was even awarded a state award.
Like any person, the president's musical preferences change with age. The press casually mentioned that Vladimir Putin began to pay more attention to rock compositions and jazz.