Various Artists

Birmanie: Musique D'Art, Vol. 1-2

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A shortened form of the three volume set released by Ocora in 1981, showcasing the first high quality recording and release of Burmese music, this two disc set compiles works for the Burmese harp, the hsaing waing ensemble (a fine tuned drum, oboe, and gong ensemble), the pattala (a xylophone) and vocal songs. The music is of a high quality all around, with high class musicians performing. Though the disc covers list three tracks per cd, there are actually many more tracks - the cover lists only time per instrument, not songs, and the cd is broken up accordingly. The harp playing is rather exceptional, especially considering that it's the only harp that has survived the test of time in Asia. The main highlight of the album is most likely the hsaing waing ensemble works, which are able to contain a full dose of energy in a seemingly broken rhythm, though all performers have given parts. Though Burmese music is usually a rather rare find, this set should definitely be looked up and given a chance by anyone with a penchant for Asian music.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
24:27
2
22:48
3
23:39
4
21:12
5
22:19
6
21:41
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