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- Catalogue number
- Traditional Music / World Music / Asian
- 2015 YANTRA
Gamelan music can be quite evocative. A special fascination can be an additional feature – additional to the intrinsic qualities of the music – brought by the symbolic or ceremonial context and by the physical place where it is performed and heard. The appeal may be felt by any listener even through a recording, and of course it would be greater for those who have had previous experience of the situations. This album proposes four situations and places: the night sounds and 'distant' music of the Mangkunegaran Palace in Surakarta; a morning dance rehearsal at the Paku Alaman Palace in Yogya; an extraordinary natural superposition of gamelan and muezzin chant in the Kraton of Yogyakarta, followed by a regal sequence of pieces from the Court's sacred dances; and finally the more tranquil atmosphere of the Surakarta Kraton with its sweet-sounding metallophones and its version of ancient dances rooted in mythological past.
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