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Tembang Sunda: Classical Music from West Java
Ida Widawati, Lingkung Seni Malati
Tembang Sunda: Classical Music from West Java
Genres: World Music, Rock, Classical
 
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Tembang Sunda: Classical Music from West Java is the first compact disk to be issued out of a larger body of recordings from Indonesia. It is a little known fact that Indonesia is the fourth largest country on Earth wit...  more »

      
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All Artists: Ida Widawati, Lingkung Seni Malati
Title: Tembang Sunda: Classical Music from West Java
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Celestial Harmonies
Release Date: 10/23/1996
Genres: World Music, Rock, Classical
Style: Far East & Asia
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 013711313420

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Tembang Sunda: Classical Music from West Java is the first compact disk to be issued out of a larger body of recordings from Indonesia. It is a little known fact that Indonesia is the fourth largest country on Earth with a population approaching 200 million. It is the world's largest Islamic country, and it is Australia's nearest neighbor. Only ca. 100 km (60 miles) away from the northern tip of Australia, it is about as distant as Cuba is from the United States and what a distance that represents in real life...Once again, the intrepid New Zealand producer/musician/composer David Parsons has made a significant contribution to the knowledge of a little known culture and its little known music. The booklet gives a detailed introduction into Java's contemporary culture (written by The New York Times journalist Barbara Crossette) as well as into the esoteric realm of Tembang Sunda/Cianjuran music in particular (written by eminent ethnomusicologist Andrew Weintraub). It is a landmark of world music and a unique achievement by an expert team of musicians, producers, engineers and writers; it continues Celestial Harmonies' tradition of long standing to enrich the catalogue with recordings from Southeast Asian countries which will play a significant role in the development of the 21st century but are nevertheless widely unknown and misunderstood in the West.

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It is the most beautiful sound in the world
12/14/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Tembang Sunda is a wonderful flowing music and the most beautiful sounds in the world, which is very universal (very accessible to ears of people who have never heard any Sundanese music before). It provide moments of rare musical beauty."
Bagus...Bagus...Bagus!
01/01/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have been a fan of Indonesian Music for 10 years. Never have I heard such beautiful music as that which coomes from Java. It is both mystical and relaxing. It really brings you home. Orang Indonesia beli musik desini baugus yea? For those of you who don`t speak Indonesian I said buy this CD and experience a little Indonesia. My name is Mike and I own Indo-Collection a small Indonesian Gift Shop In Alhambra, Ca. I play this CD and bang, customers just wanna stay in my store and listen. Hint Hint Indonesian Gift Shop Owners."