Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Prestige de la Musique Extraeuropéenne - Disques Espérance

The French label Disques Epérance had a very ambitious catalogue in the seventies of Asian music mostly in the classical traditions and with a heavily lopsided slanting towards the Indian traditions. Most of their catalogue consisted of publications on Indian classical music, but also included some titles as we shall later see, from Japan, Korea, China, Nepal, and Tibet.

The series started out with a very pompous name that seams to have changed at least once during the years of publication. I will try to restore some of that catalogue and although I do not have all the titles available I feel I have enough to start with and at least take a stab at it. Hopefully the ones I am missing will surface either from some of my helpful friends or who knows, from an innocent bystander, good natured and kindhearted enough to help out.

So here I have the pleasure to present, in its various sub series, the catalogue of:

Disques Espérance
Prestige de la Musique Extraeuropéenne

Prestige de la Musique Extraeuropéenne - L'Inde

ESP 155530 Le Sitar de Nikhil Banerjee - vol.1 Râga Momonmanjeri - P.1976
ESP 155532 La Flute de Hariprasad Chaurasia (flûte) Râga Shudh Sarang - P.1976
ESP 155537 Le Sarode de Brij Narayan - P.1976
ESP 155538 Le Sarangi de Ram Narayan vol.4 - P.1976
ESP 155548 Le Violon de M.S. Gopalakrishnan vol.5 Raga Bhairavi
ESP 165504 Pandit Nikhil Banerjee (Sitar) Râga Piloo
ESP 165510 La Vina de S. Balachander vol.6 Raga Mayamalavagaula
ESP 165516 La Flute de N. Ramani (flûte) Bhajan Cheyavadha

ESP 165532 Les Sitar et Surbahar de Narendra Bataju (Nepal?)
ESP 165540 Le Sitar de Nikhil Banerjee (Sitar) Râga Desh
ESP 165543 Le Santur de O.P. Chourasiya vol.8 - P.1981

Traditions Classiques de l'Orient - L'Inde

ESP 8401 Le Chant mystique des Bauls "Revêts ton costume Baul"
ESP 8402 Pandit Nikhil Banerjee (Sitar) Raga Jogiyâ-Kalingada - vol.10
ESP 8403 Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia (flûte) Raga Lalit
ESP 8408 La Flute de Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia (flûte) Raga Bhupali
ESP 8409 Krishnamurti Sridar (Sarod) Râga Malkauns
ESP 8410 Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (Sarod) Deux râgas de l'après-midi "Râga Shuddh-Sarang"
ESP 8412 Parveen Sultana et Dilshad Khan (chant khayal) Râga Kalavati
ESP 8413 Le Chant Dhrupad de Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar - vol.15
ESP 8414 Pandit Nikhil Banerjee (sitar) Râga Patdeep
ESP 8416 Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia (flûte) Râga Madhyamad Sarang
ESP 8426 Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia (flûte) Râga Yaman
ESP 8439 Le Shahnai D'Ustad Bismillah Khan - Traditions Classiques de l'Orient - Inde Vol. 19

I also have found a listing of this LP but it looks as if there is a typo in the catalogue number and therefore needs further investigation. Maybe someone who has the record can help!

(ESP 8402 Le Violon de l'Inde du Sud : L. Subramaniam vol. 10 - P.1983)

Prestige de la musique extraeuropéenne - La Corée

ESP165528 Park Sang-Won - Kayagum vol. 1 - P.1979

Prestige de la Musique Extraeuropéenne - Le Japon

ESP 155551
Hiromu Handa - Le Koto de Hiromu Handa, Vol. 1
- P.1977
ESP 165505 Le Koto de Yusen Kuzuhara - Vol. 2 - P.1978
ESP 165506 Le
Koto de
Yusen Kuzuhara et le
Shakuhachi de
Teiji Itoh - Vol. 3
- P.1978

Traditions Classiques de l'Orient - Chine Vol 1

ESP 8417 Troupe Paysanne du Luochan (musique du théâtre d'ombres) Le village de Dajia

I do not know under what serial title the following LP was issued, but it is maybe also from China even though it is from Tibet ;-)

(I cannot say if it is recorded in Chinese Tibet or in India, as I have not seen the physical records.)

ESP 8433 Théâtre musical tibétain "Prince Norsang"

I have not yet established the year of publication for some of the titles and in some instances I have not been able to give the volume number. I am sure there must be some missing records as well, so any additional information is most welcome!

Hope someone finds this useful and will enjoy the LP's that are to come!


Anonymous said...

Interesting topic. I don't think I have anything from Disques Espérance myself. Thanks for the introduction.

Anonymous said...

Good to have you back.

Yes, there are many excellent recordings in this series. Thank you for whatever you are able to post.

bolingo69 said...

Thanks for dropping by, I will be posting the Japanese records soon. I hope to find some more in the process but at least it would be nice to establish what was published. It is always easier to look for something you know existed ;-)

Bibhas said...

Wow! I have been looking for the Disques Esperance series for years now! Especially the ones by Hariprasad Chaurasia. Except the one with Yaman, none of the others are currently available. Please post them if you have them.

Anonymous said...

a very beautiful series indeed; not only is the music very beautiful, but I am taken by the covers with the curvy drawing, with colors changing with each volume. I have tracked quite a few of them., some thanks to your list! Thank you for this!

Anonymous said...


You can find this one : ESP 155548 Le Violon de M.S. Gopalakrishnan vol.5 Raga Bhairavi on the blog oriental-traditional.
Thank you guy. Hope everything allright for you dear bolingo.