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The Sultan's Pleasure

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Ladrang Rajamanggala
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Gendhing and Ladrang Galagothang
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Ladrang Mares Kumencar
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Sekar Ageng ranajiwa
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Bawa Prawiralalita - Gendhing and Ladrang Genjung Goling
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Ladrang Sri Kondur
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Total Tracks: 6   Total Length: 50:59

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Chris Nickson lives in Leeds, England, the city where he was born. He moved back to the UK in 2005 after spending 30 years in the US, where he freelanced for nu...more »

04.22.11
Javanese Gamelan And Vocal Music From The Palace Of Yogyakarta, The Sultan's Pleasure
2000 | Label: Music Of The World

To enter the world of the gamelan orchestra is like stepping out of time to a place where the old rules no longer apply. What initially seems like an unsettling cacophony of gongs and struck bronze tubes quickly reveals itself to be a cornucopia of interlocking, minimalist melodies that become both lush and soothing. The voices turn it truly unearthly, the harmonies elusive, moving with a stateliness that takes on the rhythm of breathing. Startlingly… read more »

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Gorgeous!

leach

I visited the Palace of Yogya in 1992 and had the chance to view a performance by the classical dance and gamelan troupe there. This album brings me back to that very day, where I sat on the ground in the sweltering heat, hypnotised and mesmerised by the magic of Javanese culture. This is a gorgeous and exotic album that at will whisk you away to ancient Java.

They Say All Music Guide

The Sultan’s Pleasure features rare recordings by the Royal Ensemble of the Palace of Yogyakarta, assembled through a special agreement with a Javanese sultan; the focus is on gamelan and vocal performances, nicely packaged to include extensive liner notes. – Jason Ankeny