Date: 2009 October 10
Concert theme: Unhasu Orchestra, the Mansudae Art Troupe 만수대예술단 万寿台芸術団 and the Samjiyon Band 삼지연악단 performing on the occasion of the 64th birthday of the WPK.
Place: Mansudae Art Theatre, Central Pyongyang near Kim Il-sung Square
Audience: DPRK leadership, party cadres; basically men in suits
KJI present
KCNA: http://www.kcna.co.jp/item/2009/200910/news10/20091010-01ee.html
Published: DVD

UO conductor: Ri Myong-il 리명일

Ri Myong-il 20091010 03.04


Samjiyon Band conductor: Ri Sune 리순애 (violinist, conductor, ensemble leader all in one person)

Ri Sune 리순애 20091010 11.16


Comment: Both the UO and SB were composed mainly of young musicians in their 20s, and both were established in 2009. They belong to the wave of innovations started after Kim Jong-il had his first stroke in 2008, revealing concretely to the DPRK leadership that his era was coming to an end, though it was still considered to last for a long time. Most of the personnel of both ensembles seem to have been graduates of the Kim Won Gyun Pyongyang University of Music (KWGU), the institution giving the highest musical education in the country, and at least UO maintained a close relationship with the university, giving concerts there and continuing to import singers from there. Both orchestras can in one sense be seen as KWGU operations, where work and excellent performance opportunities were created for its graduates, while the Mansudae Art Troupe with its veteran musicians provided support and personnel when needed, especially at the starting period, but to some extent also later. UO also performed its four first concerts at the Mansudae Art Theatre. It is thus fitting to have them all performing here together.

01.05 애국가 Egukka National anthem 愛国歌
Composition: Kim Won-gyun 김원균 金元均, lyrics: Pak Se-yong 박세영 朴世永, 1947
Conductor: Ri Myong-il 리명일

02.42 Very short introduction

03.15 당의 기치따라 Tangye kichittara Let’s subordinate ourselves under the Party flag 党の旗に従って
Composition: Han Si-hyong 한시형, lyrics: group, 1980

06.28 수령님 모시고 천년만년 살아가리 Suryŏngnim mosigo chŏnnyŏn mannyŏn saragari Let us live with the leader for a thousand and ten thousand years 首領様とともに千年万年生きてゆかん
Composition: Im Gi-song 임기송, lyrics: Jo Ryong-kwan 조룡관, 1963
Ri Hyang-suk 리향숙

11.22 축원의 꽃보라 Chukwŏnye kotpora Prayers like a shower of falling cherry blossoms in the wind 祝願の花吹雪
No creation info, lyrics here http://wsdprk.blogspot.fi/2010/11/blog-post_25.html

14.32 20 기 추억 Isip segi chuŏk 20th century recollections 20世紀追憶
Composition: An Jong-ho 안정호, lyrics: Yun Du-gun 윤두근, 2002
Hwang Un-mi 황은미 UO. A great performance.

Hwang Un-mi 황은미 20091010 16.28 s

Hwang Un-mi 황은미

19.02 당을 따라 청춘들아 앞으로 Tangŭl tara chŏngchundŭra aphŭro Young people, forward following the Party! 若者ら、党に従って前進せよ
Composition: Hwang Jin-yong 황진영, lyrics: Kim Hyong-chan 김형찬, 2010


Flutist Ri Jong-hui 리정희 20091010 20.57 s

Flute Ri Jong-hui 리정희

22.19 수령님 한품속에 우리는 사네 Suryŏngnim hanphum soge urinŭn sane We live in the embrace of the leader 首領様の懐に私も生きる
Composition: Kim Song-su 김정수 金正洙, 1968. A song from the period when KJI intensified the KIS cult.
UO+Moranbong: Kim Ok-ju 김옥주, Unknown, Unknown, Kim Song-sim 김성심, Han Sol-hyang 한설향, Ri Ok-hwa 리옥화

26.22 대동강의 해맞이 Tedong kwang ye hemaji Sunrise on the Taedong River 大同江の日の出
Lyrics written by General Kim Jong Il 김정일. Belongs to the category of ”immortal classical masterpiece” of DPRK songs. No more specific creation info.

29.44 당을 따라 별처럼 나도 살리 Tangŭl tara pyŏlchŏrŏm nado salli Following the party makes me live like a star 党に従って星のように私を生かし
Composition: So Jong-gon 서정건, lyrics: Jon Tong-u 전동우, 1983
From the movie 運行道で出会った処女 (1983) Maiden met along the route
UO So Un-hyang 서은향 in evening dress

32.30 울려가라 나의 노래 Ullyŏ kara naye nore Resound, my song 響け、私の歌
No creation info.
Samjiyon Band with So Un-hyang 서은향

So Un-hyang 서은향 20091010 34.40 s

So Un-hyang 서은향

35.02 장군님 생각 Janggunnim sengak Longing for the general 将軍様を想う
Composition & lyrics: Hwang Jin-yong 황진영, 1993
Samjiyon Band with Ri Sune 리순애 as the solist

40.31 내 마음 즐거워라 Ne maŭm jŭlgŏwŏra I am joyful 私の心は楽しい
Composition: Pak Jin-guk 박진국, lyrics: Kim Kyong-gi 김경기, 1992
UO strings, playing their instruments with fingers + harmonica

43.07 내 운명 지켜준 어머니당이여 Ne unmyŏng jikhyŏjun ŏmŏni tangiyŏ Mother Party protects my destiny 私の運命守ってくれる母なる党よ
Composition: Han Si-jun 한시준, lyrics: Jon Tong-u 전동우, date unknown, before 2005
UO, Pek Mi-yong 백미영

46.57 번영하여라 로동당시대 Pŏnyŏngayŏra rodongtang site Do prosper, age of the Workers’ Party! 繁栄せよ労働党時代
Composition: Ri Jong-o 리종오, lyrics: Choe Jun-kyong 최준경, 1996
UO+SB Ham Kum-ju 함금주 & So Un-hyang & Hwang Un-mi +
Ri Ryong-hyon 리룡현 & Kim Ung-sam 김웅삼 + guitar solo

50.32 10 월입니다 Si wŏrimnida It is October 十月です
Composition: Ri Jong-o 리종오, lyrics: Jong Yong-ho 정영호, 1995
UO+SB+Moranbong: Kim Ok-ju 김옥주, Unknown, Unknown, Kim Song-sim 김성심, Han Sol-hyang 한설향, Ri Ok-hwa 리옥화

52.46 만경대의 노래 Mangyŏngde ye nore Song of Mangyondae 万景台の歌
Composition: Kim Ok-song 김옥성, lyrics: Jo Ryong-chul 조령출, 1962

57.17 사랑의 봄빛 Sarangye pompit Spring light of love 愛の春色
No creation info. 1991 or earlier. Performed by the Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble in Japan in its concert there in 1991.
UO Kim Ung-sam 김웅삼

clar Jon Yong-su 전영수 20091010 01.00.04 s

Clarinet Jon Yong-su 전영수

01.02.36 황금나무 능금나무 산에 심었소 Hwanggŭmnamu nŭnggŭnnamu sane simŏsso We planted in the mountains golden trees and apple trees 黄金の木、りんごの木を山に植えた
Composition: Kim Ok-song 김옥성, lyrics: Kim Sango 김상오, 1960
UO wind instruments, the saxophone sextet as solists, and a bit of electric guitar
Saxophone sextet from left to right: Ri Chol-hun 리철훈, Song Yong-guk 송용국, Kim Hyong-il 김형일, Hwang Sung-chol 황승철, Ri Ung 리웅, Kim Song-guk 김성국

01.06.00 못잊을 나의 길 Mosijŭl naye kil My unforgettable road 忘れられない私の道
No creation info.
SB Ri Sune 리순애

01.15.58 칼춤 Khyal chum Sabre dance 剣舞
= Танец с саблями, from ballet Гаянэ Gayane by Aram Khachaturian Арам Ильич Хачатурян 1942

01.17.56 천리마 달린다 Chŏllima tallinda 1000-li horse running 千里馬が走る
Composition: Kim Gil-hak 김길학, lyrics: Nam Ung-son 남응손, 1960
Hwang Un-mi

01.15.58 집시 Jipsi Zigeunerweisen ジプシーの歌(ツィゴイネルワイゼン)
Pablo de Sarasate 1878
UO: Choe Song-il 최성일, Pe Un-ju 배은주, Pek Hyon-hui 백현희, Kim Mun-sol 김문설

01.17.57 돌파하라 최첨단을 Tolphahara choechŏmdanŭl Make breakthroughs at the cutting edge 突破せよ最先端を
Composition & lyrics: Hwang Jin-yong 황진영, 2009, published in January 2010
UO+SB+Mansudae yesuldan 만수대예술단+Moranbong

01.21.08 더 높이 더 빨리 Tŏ nophi tŏ palli Higher, faster もっと高く、もっと速く
Composition & lyrics: Hwang Jin-yong 황진영, 2001
UO+SB+MY Ham Kum-ju 함금주 & So Un-hyang & Hwang Un-mi; So changed her dress; what is the meaning of these dress changes?

01.24.38 전선에서 만나자 Jŏnsŏnesŏ mannaja Let’s meet at the frontline 前線で会おう
Composition: Kim Jong-hun 김정훈, lyrics: U Jong-hui 우정희, date unknown
Grande finale

01.27.07 Ending ceremonies

So&Hwang&Ham 20091010 01.22.10

Ham Kum-jo, So Un-hyang & Hwang Un-mi at 01.22.10. At this time the female dress code was still very free, or perhaps there was no code. Necklines of star singers were often rather deep.

Hwang Un-mi 20091010 01.14.33 (1)

Hwang Un-mi at 01.14.33

Kim Hyang-sun 20091010 27.15

Kim Hyang-sun 27.15, here in SB, later in MB

So Un-hyang 서은향 with Sonu Hyang-hui 20091010 33.36

So Un-hyang performs with Samjiyon Band 33.36; Sonu Hyang-hui, later in MB, in pink dress in the first row of violinists

Moranbong 20091010 26.05

Moranbong singing

guitar & bass 20091010 01.04.51

UO guitarist and bassist 01.04.51. Their names were never announced.

sax Ri Chol-hun, Song Yong-guk, Kim Hyong-il, Hwang Sung-chol, Ri Ung, Kim Song-guk 20091010 01.05.35

Saxophone sextet 01.05.35

viol Chwi Pe Pek 20091010 Kim 01.16.05

Violin quartet 01.16.05