Gereg by Egschiglen : Heaven & Earth HE17 (2007)
is Mongolian ensemble Egschiglen’s fourth album and the third to feature
Amartuvshin’s fine Khöömii (Throat Singing). Amartuvshin comes from Chandman
1 Hunnu 3:24
2. Goviin magtaal 4:34
3. Duuren zaan 3:57
4. Aisui hulgiin tuvurguun 4:02
5. Jaran zagaan aduu 5:47
6. Meeneg 2:51
7. Nutgiin zamd 3:47
8. Huurhun haliun 5:17
9. Uran has baletiin adagio 3:29
10. Buyan hishig daa lam 3:28
11. Udelt 3:08
12. Shigshergiin ai 2:30
13. Chamaigaa gelgui yahav 2:03
14. Zezegtei harmai 5:02
Bju'rin (hat die Katz verlor'n) 2:56
Total playing time: 56:50
Tume ‑ Tumenbayar Migdorj, Morin Khuur, Vocals : Tumruu ‑ Tumursaikhan Janlav, Moriin Khuur, Aman Khuur, Vocals : Uugan ‑ Uuganbaatar Tsend‑Ochir, Ih khuur : Boogi ‑ Batbold Wandansenge, percussion, dDenshig, Vocals : Amra ‑ Amartuwshin Baasandorj khöömii Vocals : Saran ‑ Sarangerel Tserevsamba Yoochin, Vocals
Hunnu is a song from the 'deep past'
of Mongolia ‑ and a homage to the Huns who founded their legendary empire
in the 3rd century BC between Lake Baikal, the Altai Mountains, the Chingan
range and China, the first nomad empire of Central Asia consisting of 25
Goviin Magtaal : Paeans or songs of
praise (magtaal) are sung to pay tribute to nature in itself, the spirits of
nature or the Lamaistic gods or to praise individual mountains, rivers, animals
or heroes. It is mainly camel‑driving nomads who live in the
3. Duuren Zaan : This composition is based on a myth about the legendary wrestler Duuren Zaan, a young man of the people who was killed by the people of the prince because he had defeated the prince's wrestlers. Earlier the wrestling competitions were arranged by princes, high state officials and religious dignitaries, they had their best fighters compete against each other, not uncommonly with fatal consequences. State and church, represented by their wrestlers, often carried out a power struggle. The church often won ...
4. Aisui Hulugiin
"The echoing hoofs of the approaching horses", as the title of this
piece is translated, is an anthem to the Naadam festival which is celebrated in
5. Jaran Zagaan Aduu: The sad old song of
the Tuva people from the northwest tells the story of the time of the Manchu
6. Meeneg : Sun, moon and the
endless starry sky have also always exerted their magical fascination on the
Mongolian people. Shamanistic practices are also closely connected with the
heavenly bodies here. The Buryat people from the northeast of
7. Nutgiin Zamd : Amra, the khöömii
virtuoso in the ensemble, comes from Chandman Sum in west
8. Huurhun Haluin : This ritual farewell song of parents for the bride is a traditional Mongolian long song (urtyn duu). It consists of three basic forms: extended long song, general long song and abbreviated long song (besreg). The verses of the besreg are short and its musical structure is less complex so that the lyrics ‑ in this case advice to the bride to follow the words of the parents respectfully to maintain friendship with
the new sisters ‑ can be understood better: "Your beautiful beige‑coloured horse has a gentle character, but you still have to be careful when saddling. The customs are different in the foreign country. Wait until you
get used to these."
9. Adagio from the Ballet “Uran Has” : During the socialist period (1924 ‑ 92) European art forms like classical music, opera and ballet came to Mongolia, and traditional Mongolian songs and dance melodies were Europeanised. Revolutionary lyrics were often combined with traditional melodies adapted in such a manner as they were seen as a symbol of the "new music for a new time". Jamyangiin Chuluun (1928 ‑ 96), whose ballet "Uran Has" from 1973 was the basis for the Mongolian ballet school, received the state award in 1966 and later various other awards for his contribution to the development of classical music and ballet.
The ih Nur musician Uugan dedicates this composition to his friend Peter Lindi, with whom he built his Mongolian bass violin which can be heard for the first time on this recording.
10. Byan Hishig daa Lam : The band improvises on a humorous folksong, the title is the name of the protagonist.
11. Udelt : A short song like the
Darhad from the northwest of
12. Shigshergiin Ai : The melodies and rhythms of many short songs imitate noises, movements and the character of animals, especially horses. The gaits of a horse in particular are described meticulously and translated into music: walk, trot, gallop, amble etc. This song of the Dörvöd traces the amble of the fine brown horse and the sound of the harness magnificently decorated with silver work.
13. Chamagaa Gelgui
A short song of the Dörvöd people in the west of
14 Zezegtei Harmai : is a besreg duu, an abbreviated long song of the Darhad who live in the forested Taiga regions and breed yaks or reindeer. It describes the beauty of this region around the Harmai river and traces the contours of the mountains, valleys and steppes.
15. Bonus Track : For a while the band have pitched their yurt in the rural Bavarian area of Röthenbach an der Pegnitz, where they can hear unfamiliar sounds which they readily pick up and turn into music with a humorous wink ‑ and when it is a Franconian peasant song ..