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Dear listener! You are holding the next disc of the Asyl Mura humanitarian noncommercial project devoted to the chamber creative art of the outstanding singers of Kazakhstan – Rishat Abdullin (1916-1988) and Muslim Abdullin (1916-1996). The CD’s release was made possible thanks to financial support of the company Coca-Cola CIS Services Ltd, representative office in Kazakhstan.

The creative work of the Abdullin brothers fell on the period of flourishing of professional composition activity of European type – the 40s - 70s of the past century. Rishat and Muslim were not only the bright bearers of this type of art, but themselves promoted its development up to the appearance of a new genre in Kazakhstan specially formed for them - a vocal duet.

The twin brothers Rishat and Muslim Abdullin were born on March 12, 1916 in Eastern Kazakhstan in the city of Ust-Kamenogorsk. In many respects their destiny was similar. They displayed their musical talents at an early age: the nature endowed them with unusually beautiful voices. Muslim began his musical education in 1932 at the age of 15 in the School of Music and Drama, which opened in Alma-Ata that year. A year later, in 1933, his brother Rishat entered it. Among the highly gifted and promising musicians the Abdullin brothers were sent to study at the musical studio under the Moscow Conservatoire, in the class of the professor A.I. Vishnevsky (Muslim in 1935 and Rishat in 1936). After study in Moscow they began their artistic activity as the soloists-singers at the Abai State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (Muslim in 1938 and Rishat in 1939).

The Abdullin brothers sang the leading parts in the operas by the Russian and West-European classics and Soviet composers. Muslim performed tenor parts, the brightest of which is Lensky in "Eugeny Onegin", while Rishat sang baritone parts: Eugeny Onegin and Demon in the same name operas, Zhermon ("La Traviata"), Escamilio ("Carmen"), Kiazo ("Daisi"), and etc. The Abdullin brothers performed in almost all operas by Kazakhstan composers and created unforgettable images: Muslim – of Тulegen ("Kyz-Zhibek"), Kairakpai ("Zhalbyr"), Balpan ("Еr-Таrgyn") and Аzim ("Аbai"); while Rishat – of Аbai and Еr-Таrgyn in the same name operas, Коzhagul ("Birzhan and Sara") and Gulmat ("Nazugum"). Rishat Аbdullin will remain forever in the history of the musical culture of Kazakhstan as a first performer of the part of Abai. It was this opera with which the Abdullin brothers presented the art of Kazakhstan before the Muscovites at the Decade of Kazakh Art in 1948. The government has highly appraised the artistic activity of the brothers Abdullin by awarding them the honorary titles: Muslim – the People’s Artist of the Kazakh SSR (1947), and Rishat – the People’s Artist of the USSR (1967) and the State Premium Laureate of the Kazakh SSR.

This disc represents the chamber creative art of Rishat and Muslim Abdullin – one of the brightest pages of chamber vocal art of the republic. When the Kazakhstan people speak about the Abdullin brothers, they first of all recollect the vocal duets in their performance. This page of the singers’ art is unique. Rishat and Muslim were not just the finest performers of musical pieces: they were bearers of the whole cultural layer. Moreover, it would not be an exaggeration to say that they were their founders. Everything was made together with the composers: starting with the idea itself of composing a duet, active participation in the creative process and bringing the works to the public; and in this sense, Rishat and Muslim are certainly, their co-authors. The reference to the genre of vocal duet associated exclusively with their names was always responsible for the composers. Because their songs will be performed by the Abdullin brothers! Therefore, mainly the masters of Kazakhstan composition school addressed to them, that is, those creators who could equally communicate with Abdullin and who did not quail before their popularity and authority. These are Eugeny Brusilovsky, Bakhitzhan Baikadamov and Sydykh Mukhamedzhanov.

It wasn’t quite frequently for Rishat and Muslim Abdullin to perform with independent chamber concerts. Therefore, each their performance on the stage of a concert hall was an event in the cultural life of the republic. The people waited for it and aspired to get to see the concert. And it wasn’t easy because all performances of the brothers were held in overcrowded concert halls. The reaction was always the same: applauses, delight, love and certainly, expectations for new meetings!

In the performance of Rishat Аbdullin there were mainly folk songs, Kazakh and Tatar, composed by folk and modern authors. The bright page of his chamber creativity was the performance of songs and romances written by the Tatar composer Rustem Yakhin.

Muslim Аbdullin was most famous primarily for his performances of romances by the Russian composers, which were represented widely and variously by the works of N. Rimsky-Korsakov, M. Glinka and P. Tchaikovsky. The singers’ performances in the Kazakh language were of great significance as they acquainted and approached closer the wide layers of the Kazakh population to the Russian classics.

The present disc includes the most remarkable and distinguished pieces of music from the chamber repertoire of the Abdullin brothers – Kazakh folk songs, the romances by the Tatar composer R. Yakhin in the performance of Rishat, the romances by the Russian composers in the performance of Muslim and certainly, their vocal duets.

The editors- compilers: B. Baikadamova and S. Elemanova.

Table of contents

Rishat Abdullin

1. A Kazakh folk song "Mausumzhan". L. Hamidi's adaptation.
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2. A Kazakh folk song "Yapurai". B. Erzakovich's adaptation.
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3. A Kazakh folk song "Аk Dariga". L. Hamidi's adaptation.
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4. A Kazakh folk song "Zheneshe-ai". М. Ivanov-Sokolsky's adaptation
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5. A Kazakh folk song "Lyailim". L. Hamidi's adaptation.
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6. Estai "Khusni". L. Hamidi's adaptation.
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7. R. Yakhin "Zhirlanmagan Ele Biznen Zhyr".
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8. R.Yakhin . "Kel Yanima, Kel Chiberel".
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9. R.Yakhin "Kuzlerem Tik Sine Ezliler".
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10. N. Rimsky-Korsakov. "It Is Not the Wind That Blows From Height ".
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11. M. Glinka. "I Remember a Wonderful Moment".
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12. M. Glinka. "The Wedding Song".
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13. M. Glinka. "The Beauty, Don’t Sing In My Presence".
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14. M. Glinka. "A Fire of Desire Is Burning In My Blood".
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15. P. Tchaikovsky. "I’ve Opened the Window".
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16. P. Tchaikovsky. "In the Noisy Ball".
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17. E. Brusilovsky "Sholpan".
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18. E. Brusilovsky. "Sholan’s Song".
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19. E. Brusilovsky. "The Song of the Virgin Lands’ Workers".
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20. E. Brusilovsky "The Moon’s Waltz".
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21. E. Brusilovsky. "About Peace".
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22. B. Baikadamov. "The Youth’s Song".
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23. B. Baikadamov. "The March of Temirtau’s Youth".
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24. B. Baikadamov. "Alga Komsomol".
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25. S. Mukhamedzhanov. "Aiteur Sol Kyz Bir Sulu".
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26. S. Mukhamedzhanov, S. Shangytbayev. "Terbeledi Tyn Dala".
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27 O. Baidildayev "Native Land".
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28. G. Podelsky. "I Love You, My Native Land".
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Accompanied by:
the trio consisting of V. Gorodetsky, S. Trost and G. Kononenko (1, 2, 3);
S. Kogan (4, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26);
R. Kuzmina (5, 6, 7, 9);
V. Karetnikov (8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16);
E. Pavlova (18, 27, 28).
June 29, 2005
29 июня 2005

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