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St Petersburg: A Cultural History
on Amazon The author reveals the cultural identity of St Petersburg through by an era-by-era examination of its most telling art forms. By Solomon Vo...
Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia
on Amazon A vivid account of the city's history, including its construction and evolution, the October Revolution and the Great Blockade. By Bruce Li...
Peter the Great: His Life and World
on Amazon The Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the path-breaking Russian ruler, chronicling the pivotal events that shaped a boy into a legend — i...
The Building of St Petersburg
In this BBC podcast, Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the building of Peter the Great's showcase city for a modern, European Russia. It is a city of id...
Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7
Dmitri Shostakovich's famous, powerful Symphony No. 7 (written c. 1939-40) is a symbol of resistance to Nazi aggression, dedicated to the estimated 25...
The Leningrad Symphony
In an act of defiance during World War II, starving musicians in the besieged city of Leningrad performed Shostakovich's new 7th Symphony. The piece w...