Sounds of the Far East

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Essentially a sampler of the various Asian albums on the ARC Music label, Sounds of the Far East makes a stab at covering the whole of Eastern Asian music. Within the space of 12 songs, Mongolia, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and the Philippines are all given time. The album starts out in Mongolia with an improvisation on the morin khuur, the earthy sounding oversized fiddle so common in the region's music. From there, it moves into Chinese classical forms, with a nice flute work, an extremely well-known ensemble piece performed ably on konghou and pipa, and a work for the erhu, with the full range of emotion and expression calmly explored as the song goes on. A bit of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Essentially a sampler of the various Asian albums on the ARC Music label, Sounds of the Far East makes a stab at covering the whole of Eastern Asian music. Within the space of 12 songs, Mongolia, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and the Philippines are all given time. The album starts out in Mongolia with an improvisation on the morin khuur, the earthy sounding oversized fiddle so common in the region's music. From there, it moves into Chinese classical forms, with a nice flute work, an extremely well-known ensemble piece performed ably on konghou and pipa, and a work for the erhu, with the full range of emotion and expression calmly explored as the song goes on. A bit of Taiwanese dance music follows, followed itself by a pair of works from Korea: a basic dance involving the changgo drum and an improvisation on the komungo a large plucked zither somewhat similar to the ajeng. As the focus moves to Japan, ARC regular Richard Stagg provides a calm work on the shakuhachi, Ayako Lister gives a small tour de force on the koto, and the Yamato Ensemble featuring Stagg again plays a pastoral work on the koto, shakuhachi, and a larger and deeper relative of the koto. Finishing the Japanese circuit is a piece from the wadaiko taiko ensemble, making use of a good deal of counter-work between the players, an unorthodox form taken to force a higher degree of power in the total sound of the drums. The album finishes on a small piece of kulingtang music from the Filipino Muslim traditions, similar to gamelan but rather faster in performance. The music is all quite good, performed in large part by relative unknowns on the world music market, but quite capable players nonetheless. Deeper listens in the traditions of the various pieces is always recommended to curious listeners, but this album provides a good jumping-off point for further exploration.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • Label: Arc Music
  • UPC: 743037180924
  • Catalog Number: 1809
  • Sales rank: 281,621

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ayaz (Improvisation) (3:22)
  2. 2 Yu Ge (Song of the Fishermen) (4:43)
  3. 3 Flowers in the Moonlight in a Spring Night on the River - Cuijunzhi (8:16)
  4. 4 The Song of Heart (4:41)
  5. 5 Peacock Dance - Han Shin Chinese Folk & Dance Ensemble (4:38)
  6. 6 Chang'gu Dance (Dance Solo) - Chung Woong Korean Traditional Music Ensemble (4:58)
  7. 7 San Jo (Komun'go Solo) - Chung Woong Korean Traditional Music Ensemble (5:58)
  8. 8 Gekko Roteki (A Flute in the Moonlight) (4:06)
  9. 9 Maritsuki (4:49)
  10. 10 Futatsu Noden-En-Shi, Pt. 2 (Pastoral) (4:34)
  11. 11 Otoko-Koko-Ni Ariki (This Is the Man) - Wa Dai Ko Matsuriza (4:51)
  12. 12 Malong-Taghing Baila (2:38)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Diz Heller Liner Notes, Mastering
Jesse Reuben Wilson Cover Design
Michio Miyagi Composer
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