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Tibetan Buddhist Rites from the Monasteries of Bhutan, Volume II CD

Tibetan Buddhist Rites from the Monasteries of Bhutan, Volume II CD

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Placing in the top five of the longest album titles in history, this is one of the gentler collections of Tibetan music available. The majestic themes delivered by these wonderful ensembles of shawms, trumpets, and varied percussion approach almost a pastoral level at some points, the pitches and overtones of the hand-clanged cymbals ringing together into pure shimmers of cosmic sound. There is also a great sense of space in these recordings, which can be attributed to the surroundings in which the music was recorded, including a historic monastery in the Valley of Chume in Bhutan."
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Bhutan - closest neighbor and sole heir to the mighty civilization and traditions of Tibet. These are the extraordinary recordings of the temple rituals and sacred ceremonies of the monks of Bhutan.
Recorded in the great monasteries by John Levy, this four CD set represents possibly the most extensive and important recorded documents of Tibetan ceremonial music ever undertaken! 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, this series is complete with four compact discs with extensive liner notes, photographs, and musical illustrations by John Levy.

Volume Two contains dance rituals in which spectacular human and animal masks are warn by the dancing monds, signifying mystical and terrifying aspects of the deities. Richly diverse recordings of incredible sonic fidelity! Includes ten pages of detailed original liner notes, photos and musical illustrations by John Levy.

Tracks:
1. Peling Shachham (Deer Dance) performed by Nyimalug Monks - 2:51
2. Dramitse Ngachham (The Drum Dance) performed by Nyimalug Monks - 3:46
3. Lama Norbu Gyamtseo (Jewel Ocean Guru) performed by Nyimalug Monks - 2:27
4. Lama Norbu Gyamtseo (Jewel Ocean Guru) performed by Nyimalug Monks - 9:03
5. Lama Norbu Gyamtseo (Jewel Ocean Guru) performed by Nyimalug Monks - 5:26
6. Entreaty to the Three Buddha-bodies performed by Nyimalug Monks - 6:32
7. Chendren (Invitation) performed by Nyimalug Monks - 6:25
8. Zheng Shik Pema, Rise up, Padmasambhava performed by Nyimalug Monks - 4:54
9. Words of Prayer performed by Nyimalug Monks - 2:43
10. "Tibetan Shawms" performed by Nyimalug Monks - 2:15

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