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Music! Berlin Phonogramm Archiv 1900-2000 [Import, Box set]

Various Composers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Nov 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Import, Box set
  • Label: Wergo
  • ASIN: B00004YUCI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 643,064 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Kham Hom [Sweet Words]
2. Oggayam
3. Tedhak Saking [Descending From...]
4. [Untitled Track] [Kirshna Song]
5. Death Lament of the Kurdish Singer Abdal Ali
See all 43 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. [Untitled Track] [Instrumental Narration, played on the Duct Flute]
2. Zembilfiros [The Basket Peddler] / Qaside
3. Ataba
4. Taqsim in Magam Nahawand
5. [Untitled]
See all 28 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Gojingan
2. Jayan Tangis
3. [Untitled Track] [Dance Song of the Tigwa Manobo]
4. [Untitled Track] [Praise Song of the Royal Power]
5. Song Phi Ho Diep [Dancing Buttlerfly Pair]
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Ortsende [Local Boundary]
2. Kripaju. Ragam Chajatharangini, Talam Aditalam
3. Khyal in Rag Mishra Bhairavi
4. Lu'u Thy'y Ban Kim Tien [Flowing Water, Equal Bars, Golden Chairs]
5. Voices of the Heart and Shadow of the Dance
See all 12 tracks on this disc

Product Description


The Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv represents a unique collection of rare folk recordings from around the world. It began over a century ago in September 1900, when a Thai song and dance group went to Berlin to perform and the musicologist Carl Stumpf decided to eternalise them with the aid of his Edison phonograph. His recordings became the basis for the Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv, which was his ambitious attempt at creating a musical map of the world. Wergo's four-CD box is a distillation which, with its accompanying book, reflects both worlds beyond worlds and the heroism of their German explorers.

There's something oddly potent about the preserved echoes of long-dead people, and this box offers five riveting hours of such things. Like the last Japanese "goze", recorded in 1964: these blind women-minstrels, who accompanied themselves on the shamisen lute, formed a social institution in a region of Japan where eye-disease was endemic. Like the wax-cylinder recording of a Yamana initiation song on Tierra del Fuego in 1923, which was a rarity even then. Like the "twin-song" recorded on the shores of Lake Victoria: for the Bavuma tribe, twins represented a dangerous spell which had to be tamed by musical rituals, which the Roman Catholic church has since stamped out. But we also find remarkable continuity. The pan-pipe tradition of Latin America hasn't changed a jot in 70 years, nor has the Javanese gamelan. Sufi song in eastern Turkey today is indistinguishable from the 40-year-old version in this magic box; ditto rebab-playing in Cairo.

If you want to know how Jewish Yemenites sang in 1930, or how Tashkent fiddlers played in 1905, listen in. You can hear how oarsmen sang as they ploughed up and down the Yangtse river in 1912, and how fishermen sang on the rivers of Uganda. What did Cameronian flutes sound like in 1908? A flock of doves. Here is Mahatma Gandhi's favourite singer, and the Zulu diva Princess Magogo, plus clucking hens; here is how choirs once sang in Ibiza (spookily strange), and how Kosovars declaimed their epics half a century ago. Amazing stuff. --Michael Church

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This box set takes you through a century of world music in a most unique way. Live recordings of common men singing their native songs giving you an untainted view of their musical culture. A comprehensive booklet guides you through making it a must for all historical and world music listeners.
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