"... The International competition - employment not for nervous. There it is so much fuss, intrigues and tears. Having visited there once, back it would not be desirable. I on a professional scene left in 15 years, and in 18 already me have sent on the first competition of a song to Sochi. It was the first in the country, moreover and international - for the USSR event of"planetary"scale, unprecedented ideological break though foreigners at this competition were present only from socialist countries, so to say - all"". The agiotage round it stood the huge. Having received there for execution of a song "Tenderness" the diploma, and becoming the winner, I was in the seventh heaven. Last day competition, by tradition, gala concert of winners should take place. In fine mood I have come to theatre to prepare for performance and suddenly the news which has sounded for me like a bolt from the blue - I learn that "Tenderness" in a concert will sing M.Kristalinsky, and me will let out from songs "Evening of a waltz". Why so? It is possible to guess only, after all then it was not accepted to report to actors. I know, truth that Kristalinsky was rather amicable with Pahmutova and probably, all happens not unaided Aleksandry Nikolaevny. But my God, at me after all have selected a song from which I became the winner! To whom as not to me and to sing it in gala concert? It was the cruel, undeserved slap in the face. I have burst out crying and have escaped in the big make-up room, and there sat... Arcady Raikin (The great Soviet comedian)too was in this room, because in the afternoon in theatre took place its solo concerts, and it remained on gala concert. I cried, sitting at a table, and it has approached, has stroked me on a head and has told: "It only the first big injustice in your life, and how many they still will be... But you should be a rack".
This decision has revolted many, and spectators waited for me, the winner, instead of Kristalinsky though it and was the first performer of this song. Spectators waited for me and after song "Evening of a waltz" there was a squall of an applause. It was necessary to sing "Evening of a waltz" encore. And again the hall is not appeased - they wait "Tenderness"! But again, already in the third time, conductor J.Silantev gets "Evening of a waltz". The hall is perplexed, rages, shouts "Tenderness are distributed!". Noise, din, a disorder and all is a direct transmission to all USSR. Leader A.Maslyakov shouts J.Silantev: "play" Tenderness "! And that in the answer:" Yes we its notes did not take, at us in a tonality Kristalinsky! ". Maslyakov shouts to me:" you Will sing in a tonality Kristalinsky? ". I, remember, have answered:" To me all the same ". All conversation has got to the included microphones and sounded to all USSR.
And in a hall passions have inflamed. From the first row faced to a hall the actor favourite by all and singer Mark Bernes has risen. It began to conduct a hall which in hundreds voices began to repeat behind it "Nezh-nost, nezh-nost, nezh-nost!". Crimson J.Silantev Nothing also has waved a stick. The orchestra, naturally, has played in a tonality below mine on a quart and it was necessary to me to sing "Tenderness" almost "bass", but I have consulted. An applause of spectators, their smiles and kind eyes in a hall have dried my tears and I was again happy..."
Story 2. "A rain at half past five"
14.05.1990 years, the newspaper "Evening Moscow" / the author - Alexander Vulyh/
I have remembered its cheerful and carefree. An arch look, naughty a tail of hairs scattered on shoulders by golden curls, sonorous as drops of a spring rain, a voice filled with pleasure from that sensation that here it, Maria Kodrjanu, sings to itself from a platform for each of sitting in a hall and it is ready so to sing as much as necessary.
There lived in Kishinev the little girl, learnt to play a violin at musical boarding school... Also sang. However, in the spring in Moldova it is necessary to sing, especially, if to you fifteen years. That day she sang national songs on the Open-air theatre scene where arrived on tour to Kishinev the well-known ensemble "Friendship" in the evening should act. It was casually heard by the head of ensemble Alexander Bronevitsky possessing remarkable ability to distinguish talents. After a concert it has approached to it:
- You want to work in "Friendship"?
- Whom? - The girl has not understood, - to iron suits?
The Bronevitsky has burst out laughing,
- Give something sing, and we will accompany, - he has told. Maria has started singing "Farewell, the seaman!" Domeniko Moduno, then some the Romanian songs.
- It is necessary, - was surprised Bronevitsky, - at it the manner. Tomorrow to ten mornings I wait on rehearsal. -
It has come instead of appointed time to half sixth. Has put on in a unique "fashionable" thing, a raincoat from a fabric "bolonja" though rain it was not planned and was hot, but very much it would be desirable to "look more fashionable.
The Bronevitsky has consulted to chorus master Valentine Akulshinym:
- Well, we will take?
- But she is the child...
- Anything, I will talk over with parents.
The Bronevitsky has arrived to village to Maria's parents dressed in a jumpsuit, in sandals barefoot, moreover and sunflower seeds nibbled, than has made impression of the such visiting city sloven upon the Moldavian peasants. Unless such it is possible to entrust the daughter? Certainly, they were against!
But she already for herself has solved all. Has passed perfectly well examinations at school and... Having told that goes to work in pioneer camp, has got away from the house to Leningrad, for work in Lenkontsert, in ensemble "Friendship" where became the soloist together with Editoj Pyekha. History how, and with what adventures Maria reached Leningrad, we will lower while - for she deserves separate page which will appear later:)
In Leningrad it have accepted in musical school at conservatory on a class of a classical and variety vocal. Maria was engaged in a variety vocal at the well-known teacher Liny Borisovny Arkhangelsk, and in parallel she was engaged in a classical vocal at Genrietty Vladimirovny Apter who has developed a voice of the schoolgirl to three and a half octaves and it became such strong and sonorous that when Maria warmed up, in the next classes could not be engaged. When Kodrjanu already studied on the fourth year, she was invited in the Maryinsky Theater to Natasha Rostovoj's role in Sergey Prokofiev's opera "War and peace", and also for a role of Belosnezhki in an opera "by Belosnezhka and seven gnomes". Unfortunately, these works have not been finished, because Maria has moved from Leningrad to Kishinev where has created the collective and at the age of twenty years began to act with solo concerts. Naturally, dense tour schedules excluded any possibility to test in any other area, and not only in an opera, but also in a cinema where Maria received invitations for shootings, for example, for a role of the younger daughter of king Lir, for a role of the singer in a feature film "Brilliants for proletariat dictatorship", but nedjuzhennye actor's abilities Maria to the full used the on a scene, in the brilliant solo performances. In the same year Maria Kodrjanu has acted in film for the first time on television in New Year's "the Blue spark".
All began extremely successfully. In total in one and a half year after a debut in "Friendship" it gets on I International festival of a youth song to Sochi and at once receives the diploma for execution of a song of A.Pahmutovoj "tenderness". She continues to act in film, writes down some small plates, then the big disk...
Kodrjanu worked then in a jazz band under control of Joseph Weinstein. And the talented musician Seva Novgorodtsev who has become then by well-known commentator BBC was the informal musical head. The best school for the young variety singer it was impossible to think up. Then and in a head could come to lip-synch to nobody.
Maria Codrianu too had the songs, brought to it popularity: "Day for two", "the titmouse", "the First tango", "the Ballad about paints"
" Lit the sea"... By the way, the interesting story is connected with last song.
It was in 1972, after two years after it has returned to Kishinev and has organised the collective known subsequently under the name "Orizont".
Maria spent summer holiday in Yalta. Having a rest on a beach, has suddenly heard by local radio: "Singer CodrIanu from Moldova, urgently come into a radio cabin!". In a minute she had control over the telegramme from Central Committee LKSM of Moldova in which it was recommended to take off urgently for Moscow, in the culture Ministry.
The deputy minister has met her in the office words:
- The child, you will go to Sopot, instead of Lev Leshchenko, you will sing "the Ballad about paints".
Maria was struck dumb, - And I am possible I will accustom to drinking something another, familiar, from the repertoire? After all to time for preparation only two weeks remains, Leshchenko - that rehearses already whole year, six arrangements has replaced - Maria has tried to object.
- I do not advise, the child to argue. Sing that speak....
The first ten-minute rehearsal with full structure of an orchestra of Codrianu have arranged only already in Sopot... And in Moscow rehearsed a little under! A bayan!, yes on a summer residence to Oscar Feltsmanu Maria carried, where rehearsed under a grand piano. There, during one of rehearsals, Maria has demanded to change at a song the ending which was also short, and at once loud and "shouting", - well mother cannot, - Maria to Feltsman convinced, - having seen live, but grey-haired sons, at once to "cry,"begin to yell", on the contrary, she will freeze, will stand, to it the throat will intercept for horror. So in the ending there was this unexpected pianissimo passing in heart-breaking forte in which there was everything, - and mortal bitterness of war, and pleasure of returning of favourite sons. Feltsman so Maria's this find has shaken that at it in the face of tears have acted.
Arrangement was ready only to flying away, notes have brought directly to a plane gangway. The reason for that is banal, but for those times rather obydenna, - is simple... The arranger has washed down, only and everything, truth, in a turn of all organizational "overlays" it even did not look something unusual, more likely on the contrary, harmoniously "supplemented", gave to all event certain "completeness" and "beauty" of the form. The washed down arranger and notes at the last minute, to a gangway... To uglier organisation of a trip on festival difficultly and to present, yes, probably, and was not it is more.
All Sopot was obklejan Lva Leshchenko posters, and for Kodrjanu posters had not time to make, they were printed with Poles only at the last minute.
And still Maria then has sung, has extended. Moreover, Maria Kodrjanu has received a rank of the Winner for the best execution of a political song. The strange atmosphere reigning in jury, leapfrog and a juggling were remembered to it at voting. But more all has amazed its kind our cut "Pesnjarov" which on a pointer have from above set in hairdresser's armchairs before the departure in "Sheremetev" that, God forbid, "envoys of the Country of Councils" had no apolitical shape. So, in literal sense, cutting all under one comb, our officials operated culture.
When Kodrjanu has returned the winner, trips about the country, foreign tours, records have gone... In 1978 Maria has married the jazz musician, the arranger and composer Alexander Biryukov and has moved to Moscow.
Later has learnt that after it the letter of the minister of culture of Moldova has come to Moscow. That was in that letter, to tell difficultly, but, probably, in republic have strong taken offence at "deserter", and corporate international solidarity of operators in "the union indestructible" played then the first violin.
But Kodrjanu continued to work, act at packed houses - after all the love of spectators does not depend on an arrangement of heads any there, the love of spectators is objective!
A.Birjukova's note: *À here the television any more did not indulge attention, the circle of "favourites" to which it was possible to get there was formed, presenting editors not only the "with love and respect", but, the main thing, concrete gifts (for example, women loved mink fur coats). No, Kodrjanu and Unsociable persons people completely not greedy, but never they were able to give bribes, it was a shame. Bribes to give - on that the special talent is necessary! It to you not songs to sing! Those years to bribe (especially to people highly educated and intelligent, with thin and vulnerable souls what, undoubtedly, were musical the editor) it was necessary so, what also the person not to offend, as - that here etak, with clever such approach, uzhikom tender creeping in soul, yes it is delicate, bringing certain theoretical (on concepts) base under this action, precisely to convince the official of the absolute necessity of this, and moreover, even in it, the official, the sacred right to this bribe, because and not a bribe it at all, and fair distribution arriving in a pocket of the actor of means! We are strong back mind and then, god has not taught, has not given Kodrjanu and to Birjukovu of talent - a bribe to pay, in summary, the people television began to take offence (hearings reached), greedy a pier, we do advertising by it, we "untwist" them, and they do not share... The studio at Maria then was not. There was no place to write down new songs. It was necessary to get acquainted closely with obstinate customs of art councils and musical editors, from nothing podpitannyh mood and which tastes careers of actors depended. But not such all, thank God! There are among them simply true friends sincerely favourite by us and which helped us, is joyful and gratuitous:) That, for example, is the long-term editor of the program "In working midday" radio "Beacon" Lyudmila Dubovtseva, our favourite friend, the sincere and thin person friendship with which we value and we are proud! A light ray! *
- If I now made a fresh start, would not make so much errors, - Maria tries to convince me. - it was necessary to live not one music and except singing to be able in life still something. -
- In my repertoire there are songs and in modern rhythms which are pleasant to youth, but my soul belongs to the silent lyrics, verses of Eminesku, - Maria speaks, - but to whom, tell, these songs are necessary now?.
No, Maria! They are necessary, necessarily necessary right now when all of us so do not have not enough ordinary heat, kindness, humanity and love.
These songs "do not twist" on commercial channels, but unless to measure by commerce the human soul enclosed in life and in a song, similar to a spring rain which and has not spilt then early in the morning in the Kishinev park.
Story 3. As me "have pushed out" on song competition to Sopot
Story 4. Night dances with Yury Gagarin(The cosmonaut number one)
Story 5. The way from Kishinev to Leningrad so is long... If to go through Kherson:)
these stories soon leave, wait please:)