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Uzbekistan Monajat Yultchieva
Deeply moving singing from Ferghana in Central Asia classical, slow, suspenseful and meditative in a world of pain accompanied by lutes, chang (a psaltery), nay flute, dayera tambourine, and ghijak spike fiddle...



Huong Thanh Cai Luong Music
This is great. Traditional and theatre music from Vietnam, the celebrated singer mazily leading dan tranh zither, dan bau monochord, sao flute, dan kim lute, dan co fiddle and trong percussion.



Sri Lanka Ritual And Religious Music
Hindu and Buddhist ceremonies recorded on the wing, in the thick of the action slowly rising vocal drones, a big-bellied oboe, double-headed drums, chanting Bhikku monks, phallic cults.



Japan Kineya Ensemble, Nagauta
Musical accompaniments to kabuki theatre, by this pre-eminent Japanese chamber orchestra, with voice, shamisen lutes, fue flute, and kotsuzumi, otsuzumi and taiko drums.



Tadjikistan Maqam Nava
Central Asian art music derived from the Shash maqam of Bukhara performed by the singer Jurabeg Nabiev, with the Ensemble Dorrdane.



China Chen Leiji, Album Of The Prunus Hermitage
Masterful playing of the qin zither, in China considered the most noble of instruments, as if tracing the shapes and meanings of silence.



Vietnam Nguyen Vinh Bao Ensemble
Refined, improvisatory, endangered traditional music for a quartet of two-stringed spike-fiddle, zither, two lutes.



China Classical Music
Delicate, quietly profound 1959-60 chamber recordings of old masters, on a dozen instruments, notably the guqin zither, the pipa lute and the xiao flute.



China Homage To Chen Zhong
Playing the xun, an ancient ocarina, the xiao, a vertical flute, and the qin zither, half the time with 'amateur' ensemble or zheng zither accompaniment. A last exponent in 1996, haunting and poised, dead now.



Solomon Islands Music Of Guadalcanal
From the Ghaobata and Bahomea regions funeral songs, dances and a four-bamboo organ played by the wind, and panpipe ensembles, with their characteristic twin drones, an octave apart.



Turkestan Kirghiz Komuz And Kazakh Dombra
The ancient, shamanist, animist culture of the oriental Turks musically expressed in kuu by the komuz, a long-necked lute with a pear-shaped sound-box, and kui by the two-stringed dombra, about a metre long.



China Contemporary Classical Music
Traditional and popular pieces for drums, xiao and dizi flutes, banhu fiddle, sheng mouth organ, yangkin hammered zither, pipa lute, and xun ocarina (an instrument at least 7,000 years old).



China Fanbai, Liturgical Hymns, Morning Service In Shanghai
Buddhist hymns and chants, with ritual percussion.



Indonesia Madura, Art Music
The gamelan component of topeng dalang classical drama, played trenchantly and bewitchingly by farmers from this island in the Indonesian archipelago (one of three and a half thousand).



Japan Teruhisa Fukuda, Shakuhachi
Six deeply spiritual pieces from the Kinko School, developed in eighteenth century Japan by wandering zen monks for whom this flute music was a pathway to enlightenment.