Date: 2013 May 01
Theme: May Day 2013
Place: People’s Theatre
Audience: Officials, people of industrial establishments
KJI not present
Comment: Existence without the choir continues. So Un-hyang and Jang Yong-ok perform only once; Hwang Un-mi seems absent again, but finally appears at the end. The roles of these star singers are becoming smaller. Saxophones remain few. Yet, I counted from the picture above c. 55 members, so UO is still a fairly large chamber orchestra. KJU is missing not only from the audience; he is missing also from the idea horizon of the concert. Lots of absences in this concert. Music is good.
00.30 애국가 Egukka National anthem 愛国歌
02.14 Opening speech by the by now familiar unknown lady
03.28 노래 련곡 Nore ryŏngok Medley メドレー
03.28 승리의 5월 Sŭngriye owŏl May, Month of Victory 勝利の5月
Composition: Ri Myon-sang 리면상, lyrics: Pak Se-yong 박세영, 1947
8 female and 6 male solists form a temporary choir
05.19 천리마 달린다 Chŏllima tallinda 1000-li horse running 千里馬走る
Composition: Kim Gil-hak 김길학, lyrics: Nam Ung-son 남응손, 1960
07.14 자력갱생 기치높이 다시한번 대고조로 Jaryŏk kengseng kichi nophi tasihanbŏn tegojoro Keep the flag of rehabilitation high by own strength, move again to the great high tide 自力更生の旗標高く、再び大高潮へ
Composition: Ri Yong-ho 리용호, 1990
08.25 우리는 잊지 않으리 Urinŭn ijji anŭri We will not forget 我らは忘れぬ
Composition: Om Ha-jin 엄하진, lyrics: Yun Du-gun 윤두근, 2000
09.45 위대한 내 나라 Widehan ne nara Our great country 偉大なる我が国
Composition: Hwang Jin-yong 황진영, lyrics: Kim Hyo-bong 김효봉, date unknown
Orchestra & choir
11.30 정다워라 우리 거리여 Jŏngda hwŏra uri kŏriyŏ The street dear to us 愛情深くあれ私たちの街よ
From the children’s movie 애슬영화 《우리가 사는 거리》 중에서 《Uriga sanŭn kŏri》 ’The Street Where We Live’ 子供の映画 「私たちが住んでいる街」 から。No specific info.
Kim Hyang 김향 (pink) & Kim Re-ryong 김래룡 & violin septet
14.59 간석지에 새겨가는 청춘의 마음 Kansŏk jie segyŏganŭn chŏngchun ye maŭm Young hearts engraved in the tideland 干潟に刻まれていく青春の心
Composition: Pak Mu-jun 박무준, lyrics: Pek Su-gil 백수길, 1982
Male quartet: Ri Kum-hyok, Kim Kyong-ho, Ri Chun-il, Kang Kyong-hun (unusual start order)
18.01 아침도 좋아 저녁도 좋아 Achim to joa jŏnyŏk to joa Morning is good and evening is good 朝も良く夜も良い
Composition: An Jong-ho 안정호, lyrics: Choe Ro-sa 최로사, date unknown
Jang Song-mi 장송미 (yellow) and Kim Song-hui 김성희 (blue) added
20.15 바다의 노래 Pada ye nore Song of the sea 海の歌
No creation info, apparently a Korean folk song, performed also in the South
Saxophone: Kim Hyong-il 김형일
25.32 평양을 나는 사랑해 Phyŏngyangŭl nanŭn saranghe I love Pyongyang 平壌をわれ愛す.
Composition: Jon Min-chol 전민철, lyrics: Pak Chol 박철, 2001
29.24 체육열풍 Cheyuk yŏlphung Sports fever 体育ブーム
Videos of North Korean sports successes. Melody unknown.
31.15 Four medal winning athletes are called to the stage. Their names are not given; could probably be found in old sports news.
33.57 심장깊이 새긴것 무엇이던가 Simjanggiphi segingŏt muŏt idŏnga What did I bear in mind? 心臓深く刻んだものは何だったか
From the children’s movie 애슬영화 《세번째 금메달》 중에서 《Sebŏnjje kŭm medal》 ’The third gold medal’ 「第三金メダル」 。No other info.
36.08 전화의 그날 그 정신으로 Jŏnwaye kŭnal kŭ jŏngsinŭro With a spirit like in the war days 戦火のその日その精神で
No creation info.
39.11 내 고향의 정든 집 Ne kohyangye jongdŭn jip The dear home in my native village ふるさとの愛あふれる家
Composition: Ri Myon-sang 리면상, lyrics: group, 1952
Yun Pom-ju conducts, orchestra & choir
45.36 명양 어린이 식료품 공장 Myŏngyang Baby Food Products Factory workers to the stage
47.33 그리움은 끝이 없네 Kŭriumŭn kŭthi ŏnne Endless Is Our Yearning 恋しさは限りなし
Composition: Kim Un-il 김은일, lyrics: Cha Ho-gon 차호곤, 2012
The most emotional song lamenting the death of KJI
51.37 그때처럼 우리가 살고있는가 Kŭttechŏrŏm uriga salguinnŭnga Are we living like in those days? あの頃のように我らは生きているか
Composition: Ri Jong-o 리종오, lyrics: Ri Jong-sul 리정술, 1990
Male sextet: Ri Chun-il, Ri Kum-hyok, Kang Kyong-hun, Kim Kyong-ho, Kim Yu-chol, Mun Myong-sam
54.25 우리의 총창우에 평화가 있다 Uriye chongchangue phyŏngwaga itta Peace is on our bayonets 我等の銃槍の上に平和がある
Composition: Ri Jong-o 리종오, lyrics: Jong Un-ok 정은옥, 1993
Hwang Un-mi finally appeared, making a fine performance
59.03 the song is repeated; difficult to tell whether by demand of the audience, or as a prearranged number, but anyway this was a moving and exceptional performance. The choir moves to the front stage.
01.03.25 수령님과 장군님은 함께 계시네 Suryŏngnim kwa janggunnimŭn hamkke kyesine The leader and the general are together 首領様と将軍様は共におられる
Composition: Jo Kyong-jun 조경준, lyrics: Cha Ho-gun 차호근, announced by KCNA as a new song in 2013.04.14
Grande finale with 12 female and 7 male singers
The only new song in the whole concert, and no trace of KJU in it, only the pictures of KIS and KJI on the screen. All other songs also were KIS and KJI songs. KJU appeared irrelevant for this concert.
01.05.31 Ending ceremonies