In varous degrees I have a familiarity and love for 'western classical' music; German, English, French, Italian; but to a far lesser extent Russian. I have no idea why (subject for a future thread?) I seem to have an affinity with Russia. I am constantly drawn to that vast arrangement of nations though sadly I have never been there.
Good music is also too vast for one to be knowledgable about every one of its genres. So picking them off one by one I am going to make 2010 the year I focus on Russian composers, their music and their operas.
Any pointers would be appreciated, as long as it is uniquely Russian in character and sentiment. I haven't a single Russian opera DVD I am ashamed to say.