It was the 90th birthday yesterday of Aleksandra Pakhmutova, composer of some of the most ear-wormy Soviet ballads. Among those who attended her gala were the Russian president and the roaming soprano, who broke off a European tour for the day to be in Moscow.
Here’s Putin having a cuddle with the birthday girl.
Here’s a classic ballad of hers.
She also wrote concert works.
But here’s what she did best.