Showing posts with label Court music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Court music. Show all posts

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

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Side A

A01 Gending Bonangan Wedikengser - 22'05



Side B

B01 Gending Widasari - 26'40







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.