The Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad and General Games Partner Sberbank have presented a unique musical collection of the "Hits of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games". Held on the 14th December 2012, the initiative included ten Olympic theme compositions being performed for the very first time on the radio station Avtoradio. The very same compositions will be played at live sites in Sochi during the staging of the Games in 2014.
The start of the Russian "Hits of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games" competition, one of the main projects of the Cultural Olympiad's Year of Music, was announced in June of 2012.
The contestants' songs submitted from all over the country over the course of four months were presented on Avtoradio's morning show. Through popular voting on the radio station's website, ten composers were selected from over than five hundred entries. The selected songs now appear on the official "Hits of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games" CD.
Among the lucky winners were composers and groups from Moscow, Sochi, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Ufa and Vologda among other cities of Russia. After professional orchestration, the winners performed their hits together with stars of the Russian stage, including Eurovision stars Dmitry Koldun and Buranovskiye Babushki.
The competition was designed to be open to all, with every citizen of Russia aged 18 years and above having the opportunity to enter.
Through the competition, the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad presented a unique opportunity for each resident of Russia to demonstrate their talent and become a part of an ambitious musical project. The collection "Hits of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games" will be a part of the rich cultural legacy that will remain after the Games.
Notes to the Editor:
The Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad is a unique project undertaken by the organizers of the Games, showcasing the best cultural events in the country. In 2014 visitors to the Olympic host city will not only be able to enjoy the sporting competitions, but also experience the cultural diversity of Russia that are presented at venues located in Sochi and Krasnaya Polyana. The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, along with regions throughout the country, has been carefully selecting the best of Russian culture for the program since 2010.
Thousands of cultural events will take place across the entire country between 2010 and 2014. Each year, the Cultural Olympiad is dedicated to a different art: 2010 was the Year of the Cinema, 2011 the Year of the Theater, 2012 is the Year of Music, and 2013 will be the Year of the Museum.
The third year of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad is devoted to music. The organizers of the first Olympic Winter Games in the history of Russia will present hundreds of the best cultural events to the public. Among them will be concerts and festivals with the best Russian and foreign classical and modern musicians, competitions, round tables and master-classes.
The national scale of the project is designed to ensure every resident of the country can be involved and experience the grand celebration of music, maintaining and increasing the cultural riches of Russia.
All Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad events can be followed on the website http://culture.sochi2014.com
The Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad, under the auspices of which the debut concerts of the newly created All-Russian Youth Orchestra will take place, provides the opportunity for every resident of our country to feel like a part of the big celebration and helps to preserve and increase Russia's cultural wealth.
Composers and performers of the collection "Hits of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games"
1. "And Again in Russia", Anna Sulitsyna and Valeria
Music by A. Sulitsyna, lyrics by R. Letichev
2. "Anthem of the Olympic Games", Kirill Ukhanov and Dmitry Koldun
Music and lyrics by K. Ukhanov
3. "Olympiad", Olesya Khalme and Alena Sviridova
Music and lyrics by O. Khalme
4. "Time of Victories", "Teni" group and Vladimir Presnyakov
Music and lyrics by S. Nepryakhin
5. "Olympic", Nafa and Buranovskiye Babushki
Music and lyrics by Nafa
6. "Olympic Flame", Sergey Ivanov and Zhanna Friske
Music by S. Ivanov, lyrics by A. Lesnevsky
7. "Hello, Olympiad!" Sergey Demin and Jasmin
Music and lyrics by S. Shtern
8. "Olympiad in Sochi", "Nikola Stasyuk" group and "Korni" group
Music and lyrics by S. Nikonenko
9. "Olympic Dream", Sergey Konkov and Alexander Buinov
Music and lyrics by S. Konkov
10. "Light the Games’ Flame around the World", Anna Maslova and Denis Maydanov
Music and lyrics by V. Vinogradov.