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Tibetan Buddhist Rites from the Monasteries of Bhutan
FORMAT
2CD

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SR 222CD SR 222CD
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RELEASE DATE
4/5/2005

"Recorded by John Levy, a London ethnomusicologist, in 1971, more than 140 minutes of some of the most powerful music ever recorded on earth. John Levy, an Englishman in Bhutan early seventies: Released by Lyrichord in mid-70', all the people who have listen to these vinyls know that it doesn't exist something more powerful, more prodigious and pure than them. John Levy was a London ethnomusicologist who took refuge in Tibetan Buddhism. So he had all the possibilities to record -- with his nagra-stéreo -- all the rituals (even the most sacred). We can say that what is discovered here is unique and far beyond all what was done after that. All the material is fully remastered and we propose the Levy's collection divided into two discs of ritual and chanting (this CD) and one of instrumentals and folk music (forthcoming as SR230). The great power of the rituals of the Drupka and Nyingmapa Order: On the first volume, a double CD with extended notes, Rituals of the Drupka Order, the primary instrument is the long golden trumpet, along with various drums and percussion and a deep droning bass. Rather than soothingly meditative, the music can be a bit dissonant to Western ears. Chanted and played by 76 Lamas and Monks with long trumpets, shawms, cymbals, drums and other Tibetan instruments in sacred temples. Invited by the king of Bhutan, Levy was afforded every facility for recording monastic music in the principal dzongs (great fort-like monasteries) of the Nyingmapa Order. The ethereal Polytonal throat chanting, the long trumpets, shawms and percussion instruments, the processional music and spectacular mask dances, Tibetan and Bhutanese secular songs and poems, All reproduced with incredibly sonic fidelity! A truly remarkable collection, with extensive liner notes, photographs, and musical illustrations by John Levy."