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Comments about the soundtrack for The Hunt for Red October (Basil Poledouris)

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Re: Lyrics to Hymn to Red October
• Posted by: rusmeister   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2006, at 11:14 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Lyrics to Hymn to Red October (Michael)

Sorry I'm a few years late!
I've read every post in the thread and while many commented on the Russian in the dialog, no one seems to have mentioned the Russian of the choir. It's poor. Sounds like the choir was handed a second-grade transliteration and did the best they could with it. (I'm an American - a Russian specialist and live in Russia) For example, when they sing "nadezhda". In Russian, 'e' is pronounced like 'yeh'; thus the transliteration 'nyet' (no) when in Russian it is written 'n-e-t' Putting an apostophe before the 'e' might help. It should sound like 'nah-dyezh-duh'. A name like 'Elena' is pronounced "Yeh-lyeh-nuh"

I do appreciate the choir's effort - but their phonetic mistakes made it near impossible for my Russian friends to help me when I was studying Russian. Took me darn near 15 years to figure most of it out, and am grateful to those of you that actually found the lyrics. I never would've figured out a few of those words.

Cheers! (Brit influence)

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