Collection : Elmira Janabergenova, Kazakhstan. Songs from the Aral Sea

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Elmira Janabergenova, Kazakhstan. Songs from the Aral Sea
Depositor / contributor
Silk Road House
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Recording context
Recording period
2009 - 2009
Year published
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Musical Treasures of the Silk Road House

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Silk Road House, Berkeley, USA
Publisher collection
Musical Treasures of The Silk Road House
Booklet author
Alma Kunanbaeva
Publisher reference
SRH 002
Legal rights
Restreint (enregistrement édité)

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Related documentation
Livret du disque (anglais)
Secondary edition
“Musical Treasures of the Silk Road House” (The SRH series at Berkeley, 2013).
Produced by Alma Kunanbaeva and Izaly Zemtsovsky. Recorded and mastered by Michael Cogan, Bay Records. English translations by Scott Bartling. Package design by Sara Glaser.
All five discs have two logos – that of Silk Road House and that of The Christensen Fund, whose generous grant made it possible to accomplish this project :

1. Elmira Janabergenova, Kazakhstan. Songs from the Aral Sea. All 18 texts are translated into English. – 1 compact disc. [CNRSMH_E_2014_033_001]
2. Bidas Rustembekov. Kazakh Terme. Sung Poetry of Wisdom. All 33 texts are translated into English. – 1 compact disc. [CNRSMH_E_2014_034_001]
3. Faik Chelebi, Tar. The Classical Muğam of Azerbaijan in Solo Instrumental Performance. – 1 compact disc with a detailed description in the booklet. Text by Izaly Zemtsovsky. [CNRSMH_E_2014_035_001]
4. The Epic Körughly. The Kazakh version. Performed by Bidas Rustembekov. Introductory article and complete English synopsis by Alma Kunanbaeva. – 2 compact discs in one set. [CNRSMH_E_2014_036_001]
5. An Anthology of Kazakh Epic Songs and Dombra Kyuis (recording) and A Journey to Epic Qyzylorda: Three Kazakh Jyraus (video) – 1 compact disc and 1 video disc in one set. [CNRSMH_E_2014_037_001]

"The present disc consists of 18 selections from Elmira Janabergenova's vast repertoire. They were recorded in the spring of 2009 at Bay Records Studio in Berkeley, California, after the singer's sucessful performances at Stanford University and at the Silk Road House in Berkeley.
As a professional stage performance, Elmira Janabergenova constructs her repertoire with an eye to the many different expectations of her listeners. For example, along with the classical terme [lit. "threading"- a short epic genre] (n° 1, 2, 6, 7, 12, 17), she performs religious songs (n° 3, 4, 5) and beloved lyric songs (n° 10, 13, 14, 15). Her repertoire also includes poems by contemporary poets (n° 9 - on the fate of Aral Sea) as well as texts from the 18th (n°12) and 19th (n°11) centuries. At the close of the disc is an aitys [lit. "to speak together"] made up of riddles passed back and forth between two epic singers, Nurym and Qashaghan."
Extrait, cf. livret du disque.

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Record writer
Elaine Beaumont
Last modification
May 12, 2014, 2:15 p.m.
Items finished
A faire (18 items)
Conservation site
CREM : phonothèque

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CD, Ø 12 cm


Title Digitized Recordist Location Year of recording Code
Kärilik auru emes emdeitughyn CD1_01 Kazakhstan 2009 CNRSMH_E_2014_033_001_001_01