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Live in Russia

catalog no: CD-2116
Contrary to the title, this is a compact disc reissue of a concert that took place in Bucharest, Romania and not Russia. The original LP pressed in Romania on the Electrecord label was called Recital and used the same cover art although the colors were different and the photo was in black and white. The label of this CD, Elect, is a play on words of the original and is not a real record company.

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Elect - Monophonic - 1992 United States   Compact Disc

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NOTE: contrary to the title, this recording is from a concert in Bucharest, Romania and not Russia.

Yma Sumac in the U.S.S.R. Soviet Union Tour
(Translated from TASS-Moscow)
AS THE FINAL BIRD-LIKE NOTES of "Virgin of the Sun God" soared back to the heavens from whence they seemingly had come, thousands of voices exploded in a frenzy of admiration, the always-ardent gullerytes loosed hundreds of white pigeons which circled their way down to the stage, and the front rows of Soviet heroes, soldiers, artists, composers, writers, athletes - surged toward the stage.

YMA SUMAC bowed, again and again, overcome by the tumultuous roar that washed wave-like over her. It was her first concert in Leningrad and though she had been assured a warm reception, she had anticipated nothing like this. And the cheering did not diminish.

Suddenly she noticed the soviet heroes beckoning to her, tearing medals from their chests and holding them out to her. She could hold back the tears no longer. Vainly she tried to dissuade them but they insisted; this was their way of showing their gratitude, love and appreciation. She knelt before them and they filled her hands and arms to overflowing with the glistening metal and bright ribbons that signified their bravery, their diligence, their excellence.

This was the first of many such nights,and though they varied in detail, they varied not at all in in the quality of response. Yma Sumac had been invited to the Soviet Union for four weeks of concerts. As a result of unprecedented demand her tour was extended to six and half months! During this time she gave 186 concerts accompanied by the BOLSHOI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA before approximately 60 million people in different Soviet republics. She toured where no one from the Western World had ever been - in remote villages, in Town Halls, in factories, at open-air gatherings in the country. In Moscow she gave ten capacity concerts at the 10,000 seat TSCHAIKOVSKY OPERA HOUSE and then, because people were streaming into Moscow from all over Russia, She undertook a series of 30 concerts in the LENIN STADIUM. Every performance was a sellout....... with 80,000 in attendance each night!

During her stay in the Soviet Union, YMA SUMAC not only broke all records of every foreign artist who had performed there, she achieved a person-to-person relationship with the people of the Soviet Union which was similarly without precedent. Acclaimed everywhere for her incomparable artistry, she was additionally accorded a warmth and affection that repeatedly moved her to tears.

MISS SUMAC traveled in the specially equipped "Iluichin Jet" which the government had put at her disposal with a team of two doctors and two nurses, whose duties were not only to keep the visitors in good health but to make certain that Miss Sumac would not let her generous heart overrule her head! If she betrayed the slightest fatigue or illness they would not allow her to perform. And though possibly eighty thousand people might have to go home disappointed and await a new performance schedule, the doctors were adamant.

By the time her oft-extended tour had finally drawn to a close Miss Yma Sumac had received all the highest honors that the Soviet government could award to a visiting artist. She had been visited and complimented by Premier Khrushchev himself, by the eminent Russian composers, Shastakovich and Khatchaturion by the famed dancers Ulanova and Plitseskaya, and by other musical luminaries, artists, writers and heroes too numerous to list here.

Beyond all acclaim, however, none was as meaningful and us lasting us the simple applause, the cheers and tears of EIGHTY MILLION Russians who had so warmly taken a foreign artist to their hearts. It was a sound and a feeling that will echo forever in the heart of YMA SUMAC!

The concert given by the Peruvian singer Yma Sumac was an occasion in the musical life of Leningrad. Yma Sumac is endowed with a voice of unusual range - FIVE OCTAVES! This unattainable phenomenon does not confine itself to unusual notion of the art of singing. Such a miracle of nature of itself evokes amazement among fans, connoisseurs of the vocal art and evokes likely interest among the broad audience mass.

But if the popularity of Yma Sumac derived only from this inimitable range, audiences would be no more delighted than with the songs of birds or the beauty of a human face, that is, with phenomena consisting of a gift from nature.

Yma Sumac has mastered each of Five Octaves. Her control captivates with soft supple timbre, her mezzo soprano rings strong and clear, her dramatic soprano is lyrical, and her Coloratura and Tiple are agile and clean.



Yma Sumac Sings in Moscow
The famous Peruvian singer Yma Sumac began her tour of Moscow yesterday evening. In the packed "Tschaikovsky Concert Hall" she performed the ancient songs from Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. Also she sang very well some operatic aria's from Puccini, Mozart, Rossini, Mascagni, Verdi, Wagner and accompanied by the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra and under the baton of Mr. U. Volgin.

The audience was captivated with Sumac's voice, the fantastic range of which covers "FIVE OCTAVES" The Russion people have never experienced such a variety of emotions or heard such exotic and beautiful music from the Peruvian Andes. - And also for her impeccable technique in the classical music.

At the concert were: Member of the Presidium of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and Chairman of the Council of Ministers, RSFSR, D.S Popljansky and the first Deputy Minister of Culture of the Soviet Union, A. N. Kuznetsov, and representatives of the Artistic Society of Moscow.

Before the end of November, Yma Sumac will give eight more concerts in Moscow, after which she will complete a long tour through the Soviet Union she will perform in Kiev, Minsk, Baltic cities and in the Transcaucasian cities. After she returns to the capitol, Miss Sumac will again sing for the Moscovites.

(select song title to see other recordings with it)
    1. Taita Inty    (Moisés Vivanco, Les Baxter) - 5:55
    2. Wambra    (Moisés Vivanco) - 3:15
    3. Ataipura    (Moisés Vivanco, Les Baxter) - 3:24
    4. Montana Mama    (Moisés Vivanco) - 4:06
    5. Supay Taki - 3:27
    6. Amor Indio    (arranged by Moisés Vivanco) - 3:06
    7. Hori Canastitai - 2:41
    8. Serenata India - 2:22
    9. Gopher    (Konrad Gozzo, Billy May) - 2:14
    10. Cueca Chilena    (Moisés Vivanco) - 3:27
    11. Llama Caravana    (trad. arr. Moisés Vivanco) - 2:27
    12. Marinera    (trad. arr. Moisés Vivanco) - 3:16
    13. Chuncho    (Moisés Vivanco) - 6:51
    14. total play time (approx): 46:31

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