Album Review

Bali 1928, Vol. 1 [coll] – [World Arbiter]

Cousin Mary   8/26/2009   CD, International

Three Gamelan groups from Bali perform on these historic recordings from 1928, very rare glimpses of these performances from before World War II. The tracks come from 78???s that were recorded to introduce Westerners to this music and to be sold to the Balinese market – not a success since there were ample opportunities in Bali to see live performances and also since few owned the equipment to play them.

Chimes, gongs and other instruments are lovely in these gamelan settings despite some hiss and noise from the old recordings. CD also includes more text information and copies of silent films recorded at the time.

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