It was a moment downtime in Beijing, and Vladimir Putin took to the piano to lumber through a few Soviet tunes. On a shiny grande that was eerily out tune, Putin played single-note renditions two Russian classics.
Of course, this wasn’t exactly Evgeny Kissin, the Moscow-born pianist world renown. Though Putin’s playing does pair well with Godfather-esque puppet-stringing.
For those keeping score at home, the ditties were “Evening Song” by Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi and “Moscow Windows” by Tikhon Khrennikov. Those songs aren’t familiar to American ears, though most Russians will instantly recognize the melodies. “Evening Song” sings the praises old Leningrad, now St. Petersburg. As the name suggests, “Moscow Windows” pays homage to Russia’s largest metropolis.
Actually, both are the unficial anthems for each respective city, making this impromptu moment appear a bit staged. The ‘spontaneous’ playing happened while Putin was waiting to see Chinese President Xi Jinpin. Just last week, the two leaders met to discuss the “Belt and Road” cooperative trade initiative.
Accordingly, Sputnik News filmed to bit with an international audience in mind. On YouTube, views have already surpassed the 100,000 mark. And most the comments in English.
Which means plenty YouTube-appropriate roasting to go around (free from the reprisals death).
Actually, if you want to hear some serious political piano playing, check out Emmanuel Macron. Or, Condoleezza Rice, who played for Queen Elizabeth four years back.