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Various Artists - Viet Nam: Ca Tru & Quan Ho - Traditional Music (1991)

Various Artists - Viet Nam: Ca Tru & Quan Ho - Traditional Music (1991)
World/Ethnic | FLAC lossless | cuesheets+log | covers+booklet | 46m47s | 245mb
Label: Unesco/Auvidis | cat. no. D 8035


The northern Vietnamese vocal song traditions of ca trù and quan họ are the focus of this recording. Ca trù, literally translated as “song with little tokens,” is a genre of Vietnamese chamber music sung only by female vocalists with instrumental accompaniment. Ca trù singing was inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding in 2009.
This 1976 recording was made in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam by noted musicologist Trần Văn Khê. The ca trù songs, including classics in the repertoire, are sung by Quach Thi Hô, one of only a small number of ca trù singers at the time.
Additional tracks are examples of quan họ songs. Quan họ is a genre that originated in Bac Ninh province (now called Ha Bac), about 30 kilometers from Hanoi. Sung by both men and women with instrumental accompaniment, the songs are passed orally from generation to generation.
The Choir of the Dormition Church of the Novodevichy Convent - Russian Orthodox Chants (1989)

Russian Orthodox Chants (1989)
The Choir of the Dormition Church of the Novodevichy Convent
under the direction of Hegumen Petr Polyakov

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 365 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 205 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Sacral, Choral, Ethnic | Label: Auvidis | # D 8301 | Time: 01:14:52

The Russian Orthodox Novodevichy Convent, dedicated to the Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God, was founded in 1524. According to UNESCO, Novodevichy is the best known convent in Moscow, and in 2004 was proclaimed to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 1989 recording features the choir of the Dormition Church of the Novodevichy Convent under the direction of Hegumen Petr Polyakov. The album is dedicated to the great jubilee of the Millennium of Baptism of Russia, which celebrated a thousand years of Christianity in Russia.
Various Artists – Switzerland: Zäuerli, Yodel of Appenzell (1990)

Various Artists – Switzerland: Zäuerli, Yodel of Appenzell (1990)
World/Folk | FLAC lossless | cuesheets+log | covers+booklet | 45m30s | 265mb
Label: Unesco/Auvidis | cat. no. D 8026


This collection of traditional zäuerli (wordless yodels) was recorded by ethnomusicologist Hugo Zemp in the Appenzell region of northeastern Switzerland, an area known for its dairy farms. Zäuerli are among the most celebrated yodels in the world and have a very distinct sound. Contrasted with the yodeling of central Switzerland, which is high and fast-paced, Appenzell zäuerli are sung in the lower register of the vocal range and feature a relaxed voice, slow tempo, and an elongation of the tones. The yodels compiled here are songs of work—sung while milking cows or herding cattle—social life, and celebration.

Various Artists – Laos: Traditional Music of the South (1992)  Music

Posted by d'Avignon at July 7, 2016
Various Artists – Laos: Traditional Music of the South (1992)

Various Artists – Laos: Traditional Music of the South (1992)
World/Ethnic | FLAC lossless | cuesheets+log | covers+booklet | 52m09s | 295mb
Label: Unesco/Auvidis | cat. no. D 8042


The Laotian national instrument is the khène, typically an eighty centimeter (roughly a two and a half foot) long mouth organ constructed of seven or eight pairs of bamboo pipes that are connected with a small, hollowed-out hardwood reservoir into which air is blown. Its sound is similar to that of a violin, and it may be played as a solo instrument or to accompany singers and instrumental ensembles. The khène also occurs in a two meter (approximately six and a half foot) version, which few musicians have powerful enough lungs to master.
The khène can be heard on most of the tracks in this recording, which includes ritual music, wedding music, and songs such as "Lam Sithandone" sung by professional singers Thao and Nang Sikhone.

Various Artists – Greece: Traditional Music (1990)  Music

Posted by d'Avignon at July 7, 2016
Various Artists – Greece: Traditional Music (1990)

Various Artists – Greece: Traditional Music (1990)
World/Folk | FLAC lossless | cuesheets+log | covers+booklet | 47m15s | 294mb
Label: Unesco/Auvidis | cat. no. D 8018


After two millennia under the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires, not to mention musical invasions from the West, what remains of Greece’s early musical heritage? What can be called “Greek”? Although the origins of musical genres and systems identified with the country are often confused, misunderstood, and mislabeled, this 1970 collection provides fourteen vivid examples of vocal and instrumental music from mountain and island regions that have maintained the closest ties to ancient tradition.
Various Artists - Peru - Music of the indigenous communities of Cuzco (1997)

Various Artists - Peru - Music of the indigenous communities of Cuzco (1997)
World/Ethnic | FLAC lossless | cuesheets+log | covers+booklet | 71m17s | 428mb
Label: Unesco/Auvidis | cat. no. D 8268


The city of Cuzco, Peru is home to a number of indigenous peasant communities. Much of their music continues to be associated with fertility rites and to mark agrarian cycles, but the Spanish introduced guitars, mandolins, and other instruments that the indigenous peoples adapted and blended into their ancestral music. The songs are sung in Quechua.
The liner notes, in English and French, provide information about the geography of the region, the history of its inhabitants, local rituals involving music, and especially the musical instruments heard on the recording.
Various Artists - Iraq: Iqa’at - Traditional Rhythmic Structures (1992)

Various Artists - Iraq: Iqa’at - Traditional Rhythmic Structures (1992)
World/Ethnic | FLAC lossless | cuesheets+log | covers+booklet | 51m44s | 274mb
Label: Unesco/Auvidis | cat. no. D 8044


In Iraq, maqam—a term referring to any one of the rhythmically complex and improvisational melodic modes of Arabic classical music, which dictate pitches, pattern, and song progression—is performed in three distinct regional styles by vocalists, instrumentalists, and mixed drum groups. This compilation of recordings by ethnomusicologist Habib Hassan Touma features various musical genres from Basra Province and Baghdad that provide a glimpse into the varied iqa’at (rhythmic forms) in traditional Iraqi music.

Lamas of Nyingmapa Monastery – Tibetan Ritual (1991)  Music

Posted by d'Avignon at June 2, 2016
Lamas of Nyingmapa Monastery – Tibetan Ritual (1991)

Lamas of Nyingmapa Monastery – Tibetan Ritual (1991)
World/Ethnic | FLAC lossless | cuesheets+log | covers+booklet | 44m51s | 180mb
Label: Unesco/Auvidis | cat. no. D 8034


This recording presents in its entirety the “Invocation to the Goddess Yeshiki Mamo,” performed by Buddhist monks (lamas) from the Nyingmapa Monastery of Dehra Dun in India with the authorization of the private secretariat of the Dalai Lama. The monks, who represent one of the oldest Buddhist sects to be established in Tibet in the 8th century, are trained to produce vocal sounds at a very low pitch, believing the disembodied sounds to be the nearest to the divine. The liner notes provide a brief overview of the ritual to the goddess Yeshiki Mamo.

Various Artists – Ivory Coast: Baule Vocal Music (1993)  Music

Posted by d'Avignon at May 13, 2016
Various Artists – Ivory Coast: Baule Vocal Music (1993)

Various Artists – Ivory Coast: Baule Vocal Music (1993)
World/Ethnic | FLAC lossless | cuesheets+log | covers+booklet | 47m08s | 273mb
Label: Unesco/Auvidis | cat. no. D 8048

Various Artists - Bali: Court Music and Banjar Music (1994)  Music

Posted by d'Avignon at May 13, 2016
Various Artists - Bali: Court Music and Banjar Music (1994)

Various Artists - Bali: Court Music and Banjar Music (1994)
World/Ethnic | FLAC lossless | cuesheets+log | covers+booklet | 59m57s | 357mb
Label: Unesco/Auvidis | cat. no. D8059