"Stadium"Opera Alexander Gradsky In two acts, four paintings
(libretto and verses by M. Pushkin and A. Gradsky)
Recording 1983 - 85 гг.
2 LP 1985 г. "Melody"
CD 1996 г. MTKMO
What is described in this work is strong and meaningful. What is happening is concretized in the word that lives in music. Listening to the opera, we can not escape the impression that everything is subject to the principles of theatrical spectacle. When recording a record, a happy meeting took place between well-known masters and talented performers. Beautiful choirs, amazing orchestra, unique soloists - all worked with full dedication, understanding the importance and musical value of this work and in solidarity with the struggle of peoples for their freedom and independence. Eleven years of writing the opera ... After the night comes the day. This is confirmed by the "Stadium" - a magnificent fruit of the human spirit and talent.
Morning. The city wakes up. The voice of the Woman is the voice of the people ... This Priest echoes the Priest and the stevedores, the traders and the shoemaker, the flower girls, all who rise at this early hour, the hour of tranquility and joy. And here is the Singer - a favorite of people: what a morning without a song and dance! Incendiary samba, hot samba, sharp as folk sayings, burning like the sun's rays. Singer's wife is unhappy with him - always busy Singer: then the meeting, then the theatrical affairs, but ... Samba! Samba! .. Suddenly, the alarming cries of newsmen burst into the dance rhythm. Each of them represents a political party - hence the advertising character of their cries: it is necessary after all to shout over another !!! The Singer's calls are in vain ... The rally on the square, conceived as supporting the Revolution, turns into a verbal skirmish of representatives of different parties, opinions, judgments, rumors, rumors ... The singer's calls are vain .... "Progressive" throws beautiful slogans, "Yahidy" Scoffs at them, "Coward" is tired of the heat and does not understand what is happening, "Ham" anyway to whom and as whom to serve, the leader of the left for extreme measures - then "Ham" calls for insubordination! The singer's calls are in vain, he already anticipates the tragedy, but can not prevent it. Here it is, the ominous knock of soldiers' boots!
The military surround the crowd. Now they dictate the rules of "discussion". To all the objections of the Priest, to all the cries of the Leader of the Lefts and the "Progressive" they have one answer - strength, weapons, death ... To grasp suspicious! Who is this! "No, I'm not guilty of anything," screams "Little Man" - Here's the Singer, that's the main culprit. "Betrayal - that's it, next ... The military grab Singer and the other" suspicious "and take them to prison at the Stadium. In the square people appear - headed by their "Little Man" and "Echidny." They rejoice in everything that happens, believing that a tightly stuffed purse has always been a guarantee against trouble.The crowd supports them, champagne, toasts ... How does the song Women ... She lost all her loved ones at that hour, but what's the business of the townspeople? Be merry and sing! Have fun and sing! In the cell, all those who were captured at the rally, the priest philosophizes, "Progressive" is still naive: " Let's start from scratch! "," Coward "is afraid," Ham "Hamit is also afraid, even the Singer is afraid, although he hides it ... The military enter, with them" Little Man. "He betrays everyone and everyone he knows. The captain "distributes" those arrested: to the stands, to the basement, the singer remains alone. "Remember, Mama, our mountains!" ...
The military enter the chamber of the Singer. No, it's not an execution, it's not a physical death. This is an attempt to kill the spirit of the Singer, to break it, and for this all means are good. You can try to convince by words, it is possible to show by the example of mockery of the "Little Man" all possible depth of moral fall. He's all ready to save his little life. We can finally say straight out how the refusal to "cooperate" will end for Singer. To all this, the Singer answers: "No!" "Until tomorrow," says the Captain ... In Lucia Square, the Singer's wife, and the Woman. The sad song of Lucia, the Woman tries to comfort her, but she herself gives in to the mood of sadness. Where is the Singer, what with him! That's the military. Not noticing women, they are arguing about the correctness of their road. After all, everyone loved the songs of the Singer .... The lieutenant hesitates, he can not make the right decision; Soldiers burning books - this is what his conscience is pursuing ... The captain reproaches the Lieutenant for his softness: only by force one can achieve everything. After the lieutenant remains alone, Lucia rushes to him, accusing him of the death of people. The lieutenant is frightened: "No, I did not kill ..." "Where is my Singer!" - "The singer at the stadium." - "I must see him ..." The lieutenant informs Lucia that from the window of the Chamber of the Singer, And if you stand on this corner, the Singer will see Lucia.) Night: The singer is thinking about his fate, Yes, he is dreadful to die, but he can not change his people, himself. He is calm at his last hour. The street corner of Lucia! Lucia! They can not speak, but they hear each other ...
And again in the Chamber of the Singer the military. This is the end. The Singer angrily throws the answer to threats to them, foretells their death and the people's curse. The captain and the sergeant beat the Singer with rifle butts ... The singer dies ... In the square, women are waiting for news of their loved ones. Goresten weeps for them. Lucia accuses the congregation of long-suffering, in inactivity and obedience. Suddenly appears "Little Man", selling lemonade ... The Lieutenant appears, he brings news of the death of Singer and the betrayal of "Little Man". He accuses the Lieutenant of lying, this Lieutenant answers the song of Singer and Lucia, which is known only to them. Lucia realizes that the lieutenant is telling the truth. Women surround the traitor, but the patrol that comes on is helping him out. The "little man" betrays the Lieutenant who divulged the secret. The soldiers take the Lieutenant away, and the "Little Man" disappears. Lucia, the Woman and the Priest, who were compelled to be released, begin the sermon of commemoration and hope, and call for struggle. From the loudspeaker the last song of the Singer sounds, a song about faith and the Motherland, about the Bird of Freedom. "Our land will be free again!" - people pick up the song.
(с) "МЕЛОДИЯ" 1985 Всесоюзная студия грамзаписи. Запись 1983-1985 гг.