Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Indonesia I - A Musical Anthology of the Orient 31



A Musical Anthology of the Orient - Unesco Collection 31

The Music of Indonesia I: Java Court Music
Bärenreiter - Musicaphon - BM 30 L 2031 - P.1972

(Click here to go to to the disocgraphy listing of all the publications in this series)







Side A

A01 Gending Bonangan Wedikengser - 22'05



Side B

B01 Gending Widasari - 26'40







Malaysia - A Musical Anthology of the Orient 26



A Musical Anthology of the Orient - Unesco Collection 26

Malaysia: Traditional Music of West Malaysia
Bärenreiter - Musicaphon - BM 30 L 2026 - P.1971

(Click here to go to to the disocgraphy listing of all the publications in this series)




Side A

A1 Homage to His Royal Highness (Daulat Tuanku) 6'41
A2 Ceremonial Aria sung by the leading actress of Ma'yong play opening - Lagu Mengadap rebab 20'00



Side B

B3 The Royal Changeling (Geliong) 4'10
B4 Dance with masks (Topeng) 3'00
B5 Wayang Kulit (Shadow Theatre), Overture 12'22
B6 The Young Prince (Pa'yong Muda) 2'50
B7 Rebeb solo - Song of Jembar (Sedayong Jembar) & Sweet Support (Chagak Manis) 6'26










Monday, November 29, 2010

Cambodia - A Musical Anthology of the Orient 2




A Musical Anthology of the Orient - Unesco Collection 2

The Music of Cambodia: Ceremonial, Folk and Court Music
Bärenreiter - Musicaphon - BM 30 L 2002 - P.1961


(Click here to go to to the disocgraphy listing of all the publications in this series)






Side A

A01 Invitation to the Genies
A02 Solo for Cha-pai
A03 Prelude (Karnai)
A04 Counting the flowers (Rop Koh)
A05 Music for banquets and in honour of distinguished personalities (Sam suon savan)
A06 To drive away Demons (Wan bain priyai)
A07 Distribution of Gifts at Marriage Festivities
A08 Funeral Music



Side B

B09 March of the Songs
B10 The King of Angkor (Prah Thao)
B11 Prayer in Pali
B12 Wedding Music
B13 Mystery a cappella track.





The following pictures of old instruments from the Phnom Penh Museum
in the 1960's, makes one wonder how they have fared over the years,
since the people there have met so hard times.



Skor Tom (Rumonea)



Tro Khmers

Cha pei


Shaing shra lei


Tro U

Tro I


The last track is not listed nor mentioned either in the liner notes to accompany the LP nor is it mentioned in the reviews. It is doubly sad becuse the anonymous singer has such good voiceculture that it would be interesting to read more about the tradition it was a manifestation of. If anyone has more information to shed some light on this track I would be most delighted. Maybe it was added on the second pressing but no mention is made to that effect.

12th century carved stone relief of musicians
from the ruins of the ancient capital of Angkor

If someone can point me to other releases of early recordings of Cambodian music, i.e. more specifically from the pre CD era I would be overjoyed! It seems that there were very few made!
I will soon post one more from a french label, with some recordings that I also find rather interesting, made by Jaques Brunet and published in 1971.





Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Music of Laos - A Musical Anthology of the Orient 1




Laos - A Musical Anthology of the Orient - 1
Bärenreiter - Musicaphon - BM 30L 2001 - P.1961

(Click here to go to to the disocgraphy listing of all the publications in this series)









Side 1

1. On the Mékong (Long khong)
2. Wishes for Prosperity (Krida pinihan)
3. Pure Music (Ping-pé)
4. Folk Song of the North
5. Melody for two Khène 1
6. Melody for two Khène 2
7. Melody for two Khène 3



Side 2

8. Love Song 1
9. Love Song 2
10. I Shall Return (Khernokburi)
11. The Râmâyana (Scene of the abduction of Sita, First Part






Bärenreiter Musicaphon - Discography # 2




The German record company Bärenreiter started in the beginning of the sixties of the previous century the first series of what was later to become no less than six different series. The various series covered mostly Asia, but also Africa and Oceania. I have already posted the list of items published in their catalogue for the Premiere Anthologie de la Musique Malienne in this post here.

This post is the second, and that each will attempt to list all of the titles that I am aware of from each series. The Unesco Collection was the first, and started 1961 under the editorial direction of the french musicologist Alain Daniélou.


A Musical Anthology of the Orient - Unesco Collection

(click on the catalogue number to go to the specific post)

BM 30 L 2002 Cambodia: Ceremonial, Folk and Court Music
BM 30 L 2003 Afghanistan, 1960
BM 30 L 2004 Iran I: Classical Modal Music
BM 30 L 2005 Iran II: Classical Modal Music
BM 30 L 2006 India I: Vedic Recitation and Chant, 1949-52
BM 30 L 2007 India II: Music of the Dance and Theatre of South India
BM 30 L 2008 Tunisia: Traditional Classical and Folk Music, 1960
BM 30 L 2009 Tibet I: The Music of Tibetan Buddhism 1961
BM 30 L 2010 Tibet II: The Music of Tibetan Buddhism 1961
BM 30 L 2011 Tibet III: The Music of Tibetan Buddhism 1961
BM 30 L 2012 Japan I: Sokyoku 1962
BM 30 L 2013 Japan II: Gagaku 1962
BM 30 L 2014 Japan III: Music of the Edo Period (1603-1867) 1962
BM 30 L 2015 Japan IV: Buddhist Music 1953-57
BM 30 L 2016 Japan V: Shinto Music 1953-57
BM 30 L 2017 Japan VI: No-Play, Biwa and Chanting 1962
BM 30 L 2018 India III: Dhrupad
BM 30 L 2019 Turkey I: Music of the Mevlevi, 1960
BM 30 L 2020 Turkey II: Classical and Religious Music, 1960
BM 30 L 2021 India IV: Karnatic Music (South India)
BM 30 L 2022 Viet Nam I: The Tradition of Hue
BM 30 L 2023 Viet Nam II: Entertainment, Modern Theatrical, Ritual and Religious Music of South Viet Nam
BM 30 L 2024 Azerbaijan I
BM 30 L 2025 Georgia I: Songs of Oral Tradition from the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic
BM 30 L 2026 Malaysia: Traditional Music of West Malaysia, 1969-70
BM 30 SL 2027 Morocco I: The Music of Islam and Sufism in Morocco
BM 30 SL 2028 Kurdish Music I
BM 30 SL 2029 Pakistan: The Sitar - Classical Indian Music from Mohammad Sharif Khan (Poonchwala)
BM 30 SL 2030 Lebanon I: Religious and Ceremonial Music
BM 30 SL 2031 Indonesia I: Java Court Music, 1972
BM 30 SL 2032 China

Here is some more reading with reference to reviews and reissue information of the records.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

VA - Music of Dawn and Day - (The Idege of Nigeria.)






VA - Music of Dawn and Day - (The Idege of Nigeria.)
Love Records - LXLP 513-514 - P.1975



Field recordings from 1965, 1971-72 with extensive
notes, explanations and translations of lyrics by
Björn Ranung on the Finnish label Love Records.

The musicians


Hunters

Ringdance


Side A

01 Onyantu
02 a Ikpa
02 b Ikpa
02 c Ikpa
03 Ijege
04 a Abraga
04 b AbragaBold
04 c Abraga

Sanza player


Side B

05 a Abakpa
05 b,c Abakpa
06 a Aitah
06 b Aitah
07 Ijo (Imeri)





Side C

08 Iboma
09 a,b Akatangka
09 c Akatangka
10 a Etuh
10 b Etuh




Side D

10 c Etuh
10 d Etuh
11 a,b Iged'Agba
11 c Iged'Agba







The recordings presented on these 2 LP's were made during two periods of stay in Idege in Nigeria, the first from September to December in 1965 and the second from August 1971 to March 1972. Recorded with a Nagra III and a dynamic microphone MD 21. The Igede live on the southern edge of the Benue Plateu mainly within the Oturkpo division.



The notes accompanying this release are a most valuable resource for the understanding of what social context and for what purpose this music was played and made and they make good reading while listening to the album. It is evident that a lot of research has gone into the analysiz of texts and rituals and there is much to be understood about the cosmology and traditions of the Idege by perusal of the accompanying notes.