Japanese Traditional Music: Songs of People at Work and Play

  • First complete publication ever! The sounds and intensity of Volume Five's folk music surpasses anything heard in their classical music. With Japan's ongoing modernization and loss of its traditional music, our audio restoration removes artifacts from chronological chains to resonate in the eternal flow of sound that defies time and space to remain vital and always in the present.

Brahms: Recaptured by Pupils and Colleagues

  • 2 cd set. First publication of recently discovered & lost recordings from 1889-1959. For too long, Brahms has been damaged as a sacred cow mounted on a pedestal. Our newly discovered live and private performances allow all to closely approach Brahms, including a funky improvisation by the composer himself from 1889, to witness a style more Harlem than Habsburg. Nearly all the musicians heard here were in contact with Brahms and play his works as new music: jazzy, as if created on the spot. His lost language is fully revealed here for the first time through their sounds and words. Brahms’ pupil Carl Friedberg even taught Nina Simone, who carried on their tradition. Extensive recorded excerpts from Carl Friedberg’s lessons to Bruce Hungerford are accessible on our website.

Bali 1928 – Volume III: Lotring and the Sources of Gamelan Tradition

  • Our third of five volumes touches on the sources of gamelan tradition and contains the complete pre-war recordings of I Wayan Lotring. Colin McPhee writes of Lotring's composing and how it interfered with his sleep, being awakened by the new music within him. The lost Gamelan of the Love God of the Bedchamber is also heard on three extant selections.

Bali 1928, vol. II: Tembang Kuna • Songs from an Earlier Time

  • 1st release on CD of rare unaccompanied vocal recordings. Volume Two of the 1928 Balinese recordings features vocal genres bearing a lost art. All lyrics receive their first English translations in the liner notes (see download link below), coupled with an extensive analytic article by Edward Herbst (see link for ‘Additional Notes’ below) included as a PDF (accessed by computer) and hosted online by World Arbiter.
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