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Zhurbin: Orpheus And Euridice, Etc / Singing Guitars


Release Date: 05/30/2000 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 375/76   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alexander Zhurbin
Performer:  Irina PonarovskayaAlbert Assadulin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singing Guitars
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Alexander Zhurbin was born in Tashkent and attended the Special Music School and Tashkent Conservatory as well as the Moscow Gnesin Institute where he studied with Nikolai Peiko and Aram Khachaturian. He did post-graduate studies as a musicologist and completed his Ph.D., studying with Sergei Slonimski. His first big success came with his rock opera Orpheus and Eurydice. Since 1990, the composer and his family have lived in New York City. He has served as composer-in-residence at the 92nd Street Y and a professor at Touro College. In 1992 he founded the Russian-American Theater "Wandering Stars," which has become a major cultural force inside the Russian-speaking community. Since its first appearance in 1975, Zhurbin's rock opera Orpheus Read more and Eurydice has been the focus of enormous interest and attention. The reaction from the Soviet Communist Press and the official propaganda "apparatchiks" was negative and even scandalous. Somehow the work managed to survive all this - mostly because general audiences disregarded the "directives" from the Central Committee. There is an old Russian proverb which goes "people vote with their feet," which means the audience either comes to the performance or it doesn't. In the case of Orpheus the response was incredible. In some cities it was performed twice in one day, two weeks in a row at the sports arena with six to seven thousand tickets sold at every performance. One group gave it 2500 performances all over the Soviet Union and Europe. This two CD set is a remastering of the original cast album made in 1977 by the St. Petersburg Theater Rock Opera Group. About the Two Portraits, the composer writes: "My love for the great poetry of the two Russian poets from the first half of the 20th century - Marina Tsvetayeva and Velemir Khlebnikov - inspired me to write this music in an attempt to create some kind of "Musical Portraits." This set should have broad appeal to a wide group of listeners. It is really a "crossover" album. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Orpheus and Euridice by Alexander Zhurbin
Performer:  Irina Ponarovskaya (Soprano), Albert Assadulin (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singing Guitars
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1977 
2. Two Portraits by Alexander Zhurbin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 

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