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Tuva / Voices From the Center of Asia
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Tuva / Voices From the Center of Asia
Genres: World Music, Pop, Classical
 
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These highly acclaimed recordings, made in Tuva in 1987, reveal a remarkable and beautiful tradition of bi- and multi-phonal "throat singing". These traditional songs capture the style and role of music among the scattere...  more »

      
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All Artists: Tuva
Title: Tuva / Voices From the Center of Asia
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Release Date: 7/13/1992
Genres: World Music, Pop, Classical
Styles: Far East & Asia, Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 093074001721, 093074001745

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These highly acclaimed recordings, made in Tuva in 1987, reveal a remarkable and beautiful tradition of bi- and multi-phonal "throat singing". These traditional songs capture the style and role of music among the scattered herding communities in Tuva, a territory lying to the northwest of Mongolia, where music is part of the relationship of humans with the natural and supernatural worlds.

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One of the first Tuvan CDs available, but one of the weakest
woburnmusicfan | Woburn, MA United States | 06/08/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Tuva is a remote area smack in the center of Asia, nestled in the mountains between Siberia and Mongolia. Traditional Tuvan throat-singing is an amazing thing--the singer produces two notes AT THE SAME TIME, a low drone and a higher melody. This Smithsonian/Folkways CD was probably the first Tuvan CD available in the US; it was around when CD co-producer Ted Levin first brought three Tuvan throat-singers on an American tour. Unfortunately, the CD is primarily of ethnomusicological interest. There are brief examples of the various styles of khoomei (the general Tuvan name for throat-singing), but there are few tracks that can really be considered songs, and all but a few of the vocal tracks are a cappella. Only three of the 33 tracks on the CD are more than two minutes long. There is also plenty of jaw harp, animal imitations, a solo for hunting horn, and herders' calls to their flocks. If you're interested in hearing Tuvan MUSIC, you're better off with "Tuva: Voices from the Land of the Eagles", Ellipsis Arts' CD/book "Deep in the Heart of Tuva", or any CD by Huun-Huur-Tu."
Ethereal.
02/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Very traditional Tuvan throatsinging. A MUST have for anyone interested in xoomei. Pretty Amazing stuff, but this CD has more ethnomusicological content, so you'd be safer getting a Huun Huur Tu CD (their Live #2, for instance, is phenomenal) if you're just looking for something good to listen to.However, if you are truly interested in throatsinging, this is a must have."
A very good selection of tuvan music
Joseph Johnson | 11/29/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This cd comprises a very good selection of traditional tuvan music, both overtone singing and instrumentation. The recording quality is top-notch, and the melodies are varied and vibrant."