In February 1895, Leo Tolstoy became one of the first Russian writers to be recorded on phonograph. After that, the voices not only of Tolstoy, but also of Valery Bryusov, Leonid Andreyev, Ivan Bunin and other poets and writers were recorded. The particularities of the authors' recitations can be heard on the recordings on this disc. The old recordings are not always clear and sometimes contain distorted sound echoes. But these recordings can and should be listened to over and over again, at first reading along with the texts that come with the disc. Then, once you are familiar with them and have become accustomed to the sound defects, you'll more clearly hear the distinct voices of these many different remarkable writers and poets through the pricks, rustling and crackling. You will sense what it is like to be in their very presence, to feel the uniqueness of these individuals. In Russian.