Sunday, August 23, 2020

Kanika Banerjee and Hemanta Mukherji: Gems From Tagore [EALP 1267] an LP released in India in 1961

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) distinguished himself in many fields. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913, wrote thousands of songs (including ones which two different countries -- India and Bangladesh -- claim as their national anthem), and gained fame during his lifetimes as a poet, playwright, visual artist, and educator.

This album is one of many devoted to his songs, sung here by Kanika Banerjee (side one) and Hemanta Mukherji (side two).

This album was released in 1961 as part of centenary celebrations of the composer's birth.

Equipment used in transfer:

Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in pure clean water.
Turntable: Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: ATmono3LP
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Sony PCM-M10 at 24bit/96kHz resolution
Software: Audacity, ClickRepair, and xAct
Monitoring: Schiit Asgard 3 with AK4490 DAC, Focal Spirit Pro headphones

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Dancers of Bali [ML 4618] an LP recorded and released in the US in 1952

Here is a live recording of the Gamelan Orchestra of the village of Pilatan, Indonesia. The sound quality is quite amazing for 1952.

The liner notes were written by well-known composer Colin McPhee who spent many years studying the music of Bali and incorporating it into his works.

Side one:
A1 Overture - Kapi Radja (Melody From North Bali)
A2 Angklungan
A3 Tumulilingan (Bumblebees Sip Honey)
A4 Baris

Side two:
B1 Gambangan (Ancient Melody)
B2 Kebyar
B3 Gender Wayang; Angkat - Angkatan (Music For A Shadow Play) Legong
B4a Lagu Chondong
B4b Pengipuk
B4c Garuda


Design – Meyers*, Monogram (2)
Directed By [Gamelan] – Anak Agung Gde Mandera
Gamelan – Gamelan Orchestra from the Village of Pliatan, Bali, Indonesia*
Producer – John Coast
Sleeve Notes – Colin McPhee

Equipment used in transfer: 

Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in pure clean water.
Turntable: Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: ATmono3LP
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Sony PCM-M10 at 24bit/96kHz resolution
Software: AudacityClickRepair, and xAct