Ivan Rebrov, German, Russian singer
“Ivan Rebrov – artist, as they say, from God. Every performance they carried out door – a real spectacle in which artists have created a memorable image. ”
Magazine TASS “Echo of the Planet», № 31, 1988
His art, he conquered the audience on all continents. Of the 50 drives the singer, 36 are devoted to Russian folk songs. However, in our country, he was virtually unknown. Past performances in 1989 in Moscow were the first acquaintance with the outstanding singer Ivan Rebrov, who considered Russia its spiritual home.
Ivan Rebrov, which many compare with the data on the vocal by Chaliapin, who was born on a train to Paris – Warsaw in 1931. His mother was Russian and his father German. Your real name of singer Hans Rippert. With the coming to power of the Nazis Rippert family left Germany for a long time wandering in various countries of Europe. Emigration ended in 1953.
In 1954 he was accepted into the Black Sea Cossack Choir, which was led at the time Scholuch Andrei Ivanovich (1895-1979). It Scholuch gave him the idea to take the stage name of “edge”, translated into Russian by the name and the name of his father, an engineer from Hesse Paul Rippert (Ger. Die Rippe – ‘edge’), said: “Ivan Pavlovich, if you want to make a career with Russian songs – sing only in Russian! ”
The sign was the ribs and the Cossacks of the Ural Cossack Choir and especially with the Choir of the Don Cossacks conducted by S. Zharov (1897-1985), having adopted many of their vocal techniques, honing his vocal skills and the ability to take notes as the highest and extremely low inherent Russian bass-oktavistam. Having won the competition for young talents in Munich, he received a three-year contract to work in Gelzinkirhenskom opera house, where the party has successfully played Don Basilio, King Henry, Boris Godunov, and many others, he successfully performed in Frankfurt am Main. However, the opera career of Ivan Rebrov, on which the singer dreamed, has not worked: in November 1967 in one of the hits of the operetta by Jacques Offenbach “Orpheus in the Underworld”, he tore the Achilles tendon, and the doctors prescribed complete rest.
Due to a foot injury, Ivan was in the hospital. During his enforced idleness, he wrote a mini – plate with a Russian song: “Polyushko field” and “12 Thieves”. The material was in the hands of the editor of the music program of the French radio station and heard in the air. In the studio there and then the roof caved in calls from listeners, burning with curiosity to know, whose powerful voice they heard.
In the autumn of the same year, the banker Rothschild, in search of the main character for the production of the musical “Tevye from Anatevki” (“Fiddler on the Roof”), based on the novel by Sholom Aleichem, chose the rib, which was the turning point in his career. In Paris, the theater Marigny on the Champs Elysees French version of the musical with the party Rebrov Tevye the milkman has withstood more than 1,400 submissions. Since then began an unforgettable world tour Rebrov around the world with Russian repertoire, accompanied by ensembles of “The Seagull” and “Troika”.
Here is an excerpt from the book Lyudmila Zykina “Song”, where she describes her tour in West Germany in March 1968:
“… During a tour in West Germany, where lives Rebrov, I often had to listen to him … Many people wonder what I think about it, how to evaluate this singer. And above all, in recent years the fashion Ivan Rebrov and other “immigrants” – having their accounts, like the passion for antiquity, was for some almost a rule of etiquette.
At a cocktail party after the premiere, the doctor Keplehner told that our arrival and half a million dispersed plates with Russian songs at first a small hole punched in familiarizing the West and other countries with Russian music and song. A monopoly in this area seized emigrants who settled in the West, Russian, half-Russian and not of Russian origin such as Bickel, Brynner, Rubashkina and others.
A special place in this series takes Ivan Rebrov, which impresses with its truly outstanding voice.
For a Western audience, he “kondovy Slav” with beard and arch-Russian name. His concert costume is sure to include a sable hat and bright, bright coat with gold-embroidered sash. Popularity Rebrov made up, in my opinion, of several components: good vocal (in the West, the bass is always at a high esteem), exotic appearance, stage persona sort of thick-set Russian bear, focused on the melancholic and sad Russian songs, finding a particular response from the sentimental Western the public. ”
In the year before the singer gave 300 concerts, fluent in four and a half octaves, performed the liturgy, arias, romances and folk songs. And for myself, alone with the soul, he used to take up the violin, which once started. Fluent in five languages, including Russian, Rebrov most disseminated and popularized Russian songs and romances in many countries.
“… It is not often the nature endows people a voice and a capacity for work. The repertoire of Ivan Rebrov is extremely diverse, but the greatest success enjoyed over his interpretation of Russian folk songs. ”
“Izvestia”. 03.12.1988 Mr.
Thrice singer visited the Soviet Union twice – unofficially, as a tourist in the early 1970s, and in the spring of 1989 at the invitation of Mikhail Gorbachev’s first solo concert in Moscow Rebrov at the Palace of Sports “Dynamo” in soprovozhdeniiOrkestra folk instruments. Osipov.
“It shows an old newspaper, which shows gorodki. Rebrov raises eyebrows with delight and surprise exclaims:
– It is Tolstoy! .. But this Chaliapin! Bitter! And this is…
– Pavlov, academician Pavlov, a physiologist.
– Yeah, yeah … – Ivan Pavlovich astonished. – Very, very interesting. ”
“His health has not offended God and gave him an oblique seven feet at the shoulders, and the growth of two meters. He is now 58 years old, but he still gives up to two hundred or more concerts a year. How he manages to sustain such a whirlwind pace, it remains a mystery. ”
Yuri Davydov 05/28/89 “Famous faces close-up”
About extraordinary voice Rebrov said much more about his artistry. He did not find him by surprise, he is always willing to play along, counter with. So, standing on the scales during miniputeshestviya the Arbat and saw how horrified woman shied when the arrow to the mark “115”, immediately spoke: “Here they are, dumplings and vodka …”.
It has long been suffering from diabetes singer led an active concert schedule, which, on the recommendation of doctors was forced to adjourn, then he told his agent, in connection with “general fatigue”. Six weeks Rebrov spent in clinic Tegerzee, but he was not going to give up a series of concerts, tickets have already been pre-sold out.
The famous opera singer, died in Germany on Wednesday, February 27, 2008, a 77-year life of heart failure and failure of the main internal organs. Rebrov bequeathed to dispel his ashes over the Aegean Sea, but in April 2008, the urn with the ashes disappeared.
Rebrov – a versatile singer with a voice extraordinarily moving. Until now, the different sources thanks to this particular Rebrov indicate how baritone, then as a bass-baritone, then as a bass. But the fact remains that the edge had the ability to easily change their voice depending on the song. Ivan Rebrov has released 49 gold and 1 platinum disc, of which 36 are devoted to Russian folklore.
Who is regrettable that the singer of world renown, to do as much for Russian propaganda songs, speaking on all continents, it has come so late to our listeners.
“With all my heart I am Russian, my heart belongs to Russia!”