Lev Leshchenko and Tatyana Antsiferova – Do svidanya, Moskva (1980)


Since it’ll be almost time for the Summer Olympic Games 2012 in London, UK, it’s necessary to once again pay tribute to the Summer Olympic Games 1980 that were made in Moscow, USSR (now Russia), as it will make its 32th birthday on 19th July (the day it all started)

80 countries participated in a edition that was strongly remembered by a full-ledged boycott initiated by USA and from which 64 more countries joined them (very few of them, though, didn’t actually participate for financial reasons). But it was also remembered by an impressive amount of new set european, world and olympic records (149 new records, at least) and also by its mascot, Misha. It achieved such a commercial and mass-media sucess that even a japanese animated series, “Koguma no Misha”, was made, altough it was both first made and transmitted a bit prior to the start of the Summer Olympic Games 1980

The closing theme of the games, and that’s what it’s going to be about as of now, was the melancholic “Do svidaniya, Moskva”, sung by duo Lev Leshchenko (experienced singer back then as he had sung “Den pobedy” in 1975) and Tatyana Antsiferova (a not very known singer back then, eventhough she was credited as a singer in a 1978 movie):

For me, eventhough I wasn’t born in 1980, this is actually, for me, one of the most unforgettable music pieces ever made for a Olympic Games. All the tenderness and its nostalgy makes it quite powerful, touching and appealing and after you know the lyrics and what’s all about, even better. I can feel the soul of USSR and the world with this powerful goodbye ballad

The closing ceremony makes it all worthwhile, including the image scenery of Misha sheding a tear and a balloon impressionation of Misha flying away (with the people being also sad about the goodbye of the mascot), which makes the song more important

It might be not the best song of the world, but it’s one of the best Olympic Games songs ever, in my opinion, and it’s worth hearing this melancholic piece of music

Final treat – the performance of the song in the closing ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games 1980 (as seen on TV back then):

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)


Posted on 9 de June de 2012, in Music. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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