The Secret Museum Of Mankind – Central Asia: Ethnic Music Classics 1925-48 (1996)

Artist: The Secret Museum Of Mankind
Title: Central Asia: Ethnic Music Classics 1925-48
Year Of Release: 1996
Label: Yazoo
Genre: Early Ethnic
Quality: MP3/256 kbps
Total Time: 01:05:50
Total Size: 121 MB

01 Mongolia: Mon-gu tuul 2 : xhöömeij duet (anon.)
02 Uzbekistan: Uzbekiston dyorim (A. Mirzaeva)
03 Kirghizia: Dzuregumden (M. Omukanova)
04 Tajikistan: Bulbulon (Sh. Dzhuraev & family)
05 Mongolia: Mon-gu tuul 1 : duo with morin-khuur, dobshur (anon.)
06 Azerbaijan: Segiakh murza gusein (Khan Shushinsky)
07 Kirghizia: Syrtabay (D. Dzhumabaev)
08 Mongolia: Sharyin, sharyin shoru (Chimiddorzh Ghanshuryin)
09 Karishalshi antebulo (Tatyana Makharadze)
10 Uzbekistan: Ey pari (S. Yarashev & A. Imamkhodzhaev)
11 Azerbaijan: Aman nene (Nadzhiba Kerimova)
12 Daghestan: Kolkhoze odzhy (A. Ibragimova)
13 Kazakhstan: Ayraukh (D. Mykhtybaev)
14 Tajikistan: Khar-shabi (T. Fazylova)
15 Turkestan: Urul chykdy (D. Khansakatov)
16 Azerbaijan: Bakhtaver (G. Gadjibabekov)
17 Azerbaijan: Vagzalia (Temiuv Damirov)
18 Kazakhstan: Ashkelen (D. Nurpeisova)
19 Azerbaijan: Shushe dzheirany (N. Mamedova)
20 Tajikistan: Kazharnai sarvinoz (Levi Mulladzhanov)
21 Kirghizia: Ak manday (A. Dzhumabaev)
22 Tajikistan: Dodarakam (Mme. Babaeva, Neizova & Dzhuraev)
23 Azerbaijan: Ker-oglu nagarasy (Ali Kerimova)
24 Sinkiang: Shest ʻgolubaii (Abdulimu & Aimunisa)
25 Crimea: Beym odaman (Krimm-Tatar Orkiestra)
26 Mongolia: Zkenerin du (Mme. B. Shambueva)

Not only the dissatisfaction of the proletariat class was burgeoning in Russia during the first decade of the 20th century. A recording industry was flourishing, one that was competing with western European companies for an "ethnic music" market. By drawing on the musicality of its neighboring central Asian minorities, this Russian industry was provided with the sounds to succeed. This superb CD is a compilation of 26 of these early recordings. Many of the ensembles heard on this release utilize highly developed vocal techniques, small-bodied long-necked lutes, reed pipes, and compact drums. The reason for this similarity in instrumentation is due to the fact that many central Asian cultures were nomadic and, thus, required their belongings to be portable. Because these recordings are old, you may hear an occasional skip and crackle of the needle. These extrinsic characteristics do not take away from the beauty of the music. If anything, the minor pops and hisses serve to remind listeners of the historical import of these recordings.

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