On the face of it, the planned Soviet economy did away with choice: people wore the same clothes, apartments sported the same furniture. And yet the country boasted a wide variety of stores, some of them weirder than weird.
Sergei Rachmaninoff’s influence is impossible to overstate. He is often referred to as the “most Russian” of all composers and one of the greatest interpreters of classical music tradition. Here are his most quintessential works that are a testament to his creative genius.