This CD is a tribute to Russia and the Russian peoples all over the world.
I am in the process of producing the backing tracks (drums, bass, guitars, strings, flutes etc.) and once I have finished singing and playing the piano parts I will gradually add each songs step by step until all 20 tracks are complete. I am expecting this by mid-August. So stay tuned...

St. Petersburg - Pushkin
€xecutive Producer:      NeoMusic
Producer: Wolfgang Liebert
Recording Date: July/August 2019
Location: My living room
Online Booklet:      Wolfgang Liebert

Audio Software: Cool Edit Pro 2.1
Mixer: the t.mix MicroMix 1 USB
E-Pianos: Roland F-30/Nord electro 6
Microphone: Beyerdynamic TG V96c
OS: Windows 7 Prof.

This is the Online Booklet for my free Tribute to Russia CD. Not all songs are in Russian but every song has a deep connection to Russia and can be listened to individually here on this page. Lyrics are included along with some background information and personal opinions. The CD is completly free of charge and there might be some street concerts with free CD giveaways in the near future to promote my musical efforts

I was inspired by the 75th anniversary of Victory Day = May 9 commemoration day for Russian peoples remembering their victims of war.

W. Liebert on July 7, 2019

Music & Lyrics: Lionel Bart

Vocals: Wolfgang Liebert

Key: Dm
Recorded on: July 11

The 2nd James Bond film featured this masterpiece sung by English bus driver Matt Munro (Monro) and reproduced by me as the opening song to my Tribute to Russia CD.

Music & Lyrics: Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi / Mikhail Matusowsky

Piano & Vocals: Wolfgang Liebert

Keys: Cm/C#m
Recorded on: July 11

Originally written by the author for his native city St. Petersburg the Moscow Politbureau requested a name change to reflect Russia's capital deemed more important than Leningrad.

Music & Lyrics: Raimonds Pauls / Leons Briedis (Russ.: Andrei Voznesensky)

Vocals: Wolfgang Liebert

Keys: Dm/Ebm
Recorded on: July 12

The biggest hit the Soviet Union has ever seen. Then famous singer Alla Pugachova was reluctant to accept the song when she received it because she deemed it musically trivial and lyrically silly. However, as history has shown she did make up her mind and became the woman with an estimated 240 musicassettes circulating the Russian continent. No Russian song has ever achieved a following of this magnitude and it was soon translated to numerous languages and went on to top the charts in several other countries. However, it is noteworthy that the original was composed in Latvia and in Latvian.

I completely re-edited a Latvian dance mix and made my own version of this smash hit that takes a while to settle in when you first here it but I promise after a while you cannot get it off your mind.

Music & Lyrics: Matvey Blanter / Mikhail Isakovsky

Vocals: Wolfgang Liebert

Keys: Dm/Ebm
Recorded on: July 12

The infamous Russian Katyusha rockets made this song a mocking tune for the guards sung by the Russian POWs during WWII. However, the lyrics are so innocent that no suspicion was aroused and there are people up to this day in Russia who don't know the double meaning of this classic. It is one of the most well-known Russian melodies.

Music & Lyrics: Boris Fomin / Konstantin Podrewski

Vocals: Wolfgang Liebert

Keys: F#m/Gm
Recorded on: July 16

Those Were The Days...

Music & Lyrics: Frank Farian, George Reyam, Fred Jay, Noah Holladay

Vocals & Piano: Wolfgang Liebert

Key: F
Recorded on: July 12

Back in the day Rasputin was not just a world hit in the Western hemisphere but also a huge success in the former Soviet Union. Due to this and the accuracy of the factual historical events recounting the life and acts of Grigori Rasputin, the somewhat mystical advisor to the Russian tsar I had to put it on my CD. But of course I edited a remix with a much heavier dance beat underneath. I also lifted the key by a third to match my vocal range

Boney M was enjoying big record sales in Russia long before other artists tried their luck in the biggest country on the planet and this masterpiece by German super producer Frank Farian turned out to be a must-have for my efforts to pay homage to the Russian peoples.

Music & Lyrics: ???

Vocals & Piano: Wolfgang Liebert

Key: ?
Recorded on: July

Music & Lyrics: Ukrainian / German

Vocals & Piano: Wolfgang Liebert

Key: Am
Recorded on: July 13

Music: Maurice Jarre

Fazioli Grand Piano: Wolfgang Liebert

Key: G
Recorded on: July 13

This beautiful instrumental piece from the box office smash Dr. Zhivago was played and assembled by editing parts of Andre Rieu's huge orchestra together with my own string arrangement and of course my piano playing.

Music & Lyrics: Billy Joel

Vocals & Piano: Wolfgang Liebert

Keys: D/A
Recorded on: July 11

This is one of my all-time favorite songs about friendship and crazy wars.
When I produced the Youtube video in 2016 I sent out messages to some my friends. Among them one of the members and founders of the German Peace Movement. A day later I received the following answer from him and I quote:

"Yesterday, 75 years ago the heroic Red Army stopped
the fascist German Wehrmacht 20 km before Moscow
(in the suburb Khimki) and started their counter offensive.
This was the beginning of the liberation from the fascism
of the time."

When I read this I was in awe because I had not been aware of the historic date. I had been wanting to record Leningrad for a long time and on December 5 in 2016 I woke up in the morning and felt a compelling urge to finally do it. And even though playing and singing only took a few minutes, the whole process of recording, mixing, cutting and editing the song and the video kept me busy for 14 hours until I uploaded it shortly after(!) midnight on December 6. Magically the Youtube upload was clocked at the historic date: December 5, 2016!

I believe my grandfather partook in the barbarous and pointless Siege of Leningrad. I was very connected to him...

Who knows, maybe he sent me a sign of guilt or remorse from somewhere over the rainbow to nudge his grandson some 75 years later... I'm still flabbergasted.

Click on the image of St. Petersburg below to watch the Youtube video:

Leningrad - Video
Despite all the mayhem and grief I never met a Russian who was hostile towards me. They are our friends not our enemies!

Music & Lyrics: Yan Frenkel / Naum Grebnyov (Rasul Gamzatov)

Vocals & Piano: Wolfgang Liebert

Key: Em
Recorded on: July 7

One of the finest songs ever written. Click on the image to hear me sing Zhuravli on Russian TV 2018:

Leningrad - Video

Music & Lyrics: Jerzy Petersburski / Ludwig Friedwald

Vocals & Piano: Wolfgang Liebert

Key: Cm
Recorded between: July 15 - 16

A Polish tango in Argentinian style with Russian words written by two jews, sung by Ukrainian/American Yana Grey is a nice blend and my own German take on this classic is hopefully a succeeded attempt to recreate the magic from way back then.

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Vocals & Piano: Wolfgang Liebert

Key: ?
Recorded on: July

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Vocals & Piano: Wolfgang Liebert

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Recorded on: July

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Vocals & Piano: Wolfgang Liebert

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Recorded on: July

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Vocals & Piano: Wolfgang Liebert

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Music & Lyrics: Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi / Aleksander Tchurkin

Vocals & Piano: Wolfgang Liebert

Keys: Cm/C#m/Dm
Recorded on: July 14

This song was penned by the author of Podmoskovnye Vechera and this time 'round Solovyov-Sedoi didn't have to give credit to the Politbureau and made it the unofficial hymn of his hometown Leningrad (St. Petersburg). This version was inspired by the late great Dmitri Hvorostovsky who as many say was the greatest baritone of all time.

Music & Lyrics: ???

Vocals & Piano: Wolfgang Liebert

Key: ?
Recorded on: July

Music & Lyrics: Paul Anka et al.

Vocals & Piano: Wolfgang Liebert

Key: C
Recorded on: July ?


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Piano: Wolfgang Liebert

Key: C
Recorded on: July