Some Mongolian CDs Page 2

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Ensemble Temuzinin ‑ "Altai‑Khangain‑Ayalguu 2' Traditional Songs from Mongolia.

Face music FM50026  (recorded August 1998)

This well recorded CD features the Khöömii (5 tracks) , praise singing, tobshuur, Metal and bamboo jaw’s harps and most interestingly the amaan Tsuur playing of Yavgaan. Strangely Yavgaan never seems to sing the 12th harmonic when singing his melodies. He is finely accompanied by Morin and Yoochin on most of the other tracks



Living Music of the Steppes (various artists) : Multicultural Media MCM3001 (published in 1997 from earlier recordings)

This CD has five Khöömii tracks. Two feature some fine Tserendavaa performance, one Ganbold and one Yavgaan. The Ganbold track is magnificent and a rare example of long song singing with Khöömii accompaniment. The Yavgan track is an interesting arrangement of Altai Magtaal with a Tsuur making a welcome appearance. Also included are recordings from Inner Mongolia.




Zazal by Egschiglen  Felmay Records FY 8837 (recorded 2000)

Another fine CD by one of the current batch of groups from Mongolia. It features the marvellous khöömii of Amra (Amartuwshin Baasadorj) on at least five of the pieces. Finely recorded the Cd is a mix of traditional arrangements and contemporary compositions performed by Tume (Tumenbayar Migdory) on Morin Khuur & vocals, Tunuruu (Tumursaihan Yanlav) Morin khuur, aman khuur & vocals, Uugan (Uuganbaatar Tsend-Ochir) Ih Khuur, Boogi (Batbold Wandansenge) percussion, denshig, vocals and Saran (Sarangerel Tserevsamba) yoochin & vocals.



Sounds of Mongolia by Egschiglen : Arc Music EUCD 1652 (September November 2000)

Amra’s fine khöömii both his native Mongolian and heavily Tuvan influenced graces at least five tracks on this CD. The tracks that are less arranged show his techique better as sometimes the khöömii gets lost in the mix.




Gereg by Egschiglen : Heaven & Earth HE17 (2007)This is Mongolian ensemble Egschiglen’s fourth album and the third to feature Amartuvshin’s fine Khöömii (Throat Singing). Amartuvshin comes from Chandman District in Western Mongolia, arguably the birthplace of Khöömii. His powerful singing retains much of the traditional styles of older singers such as Tserendavaa; however the influence of Tuvan Khöömei can be heard in the low Khargiraa (sub harmonic) style particularly on their renamed version of Huun Huur Tu’s classic ‘Kungurei’.  Amartuvshin sings lyrics in Khailakh (a tense compressed guttural voice) or Khargiraa styles with the amazing non-verbal high melodic overtone style being featured on half a dozen cuts. His mastery enables him to sing the dizzyingly heights of the 16th harmonic and to adapt to unfamiliar musical settings. The one drawback is that his Khöömii can get lost in some of the overly dense arrangements.


Enchanting Mongolia, Traditonal Music of Mongolia (various Artists) Nebelhorn 016 (recorded April 1993)

This well recorded CD only features three tracks of master khöömiich Ganbold. However it also contains the superb Long Song singing of Norovbanzad as well as excellently played pieces for Morin Khuur, Yatag, Limbe, Huuchir, Shudraga and various ensembles.





'Gone with the Wind' or 'Songs of the Steppes' by Altai Hangai

(bought in Mongolia no label) it is out on Window to Europe CD002

I bought this CD (as it turned out a Mongolian pirate version hence the lack of liner notes, if anyone could email them to me I would be very grateful). It has some great Khöömii on 10 of the 15 tracks. The Morin playing is first class as well.




Nomadic Winds by Erdene Zuzu Ensemble ; Disky Communications DC 854722, (published 1999)

A little bit of a mystery as the CD notes only list the track titles. I have added the instrumentation. There are eight Khöömii tracks by an unknown Khöömii singer. His Khöömii is not the best I have heard and the recording quality could be better. If anyone has any more information please email me.





 Shiwa (various artists) : Tibet Foundation TFR20001 (his tracks recorded 1993)

This CD feature three tracks with khöömii on them. Two are by Gereltsogt, the brother of Ganbold and one by his eight year old son Jamba, who is learning to sing khöömii There are a couple of track by the ensemble Tumen Ekh with the rest being Tibet Folk and religious music.





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