Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Kalyani Roy 1986 'The Virtuoso Of Sitar Vol. II'

Here is the second volume of Kalyani Roy's 'The Virtuoso of Sitar', a lovely Japanese release and pressing from what we believe 1986. From the information in the rare CD release it appears these recordings were made over a decade beforehand on September 20, 1974. Very odd considering the recording quality is so good - but maybe it turned out for the better because the technology was far more advanced when it finally got onto CD and Vinyl.

Label: Denon ‎– ZX-7019-ND

Tracks:
A - Raga Yaman
B1 - Raga Yaman (Gat II)
B2 - Bhatiali (Boatsong Of Bengal)


Digitised with: Project Essential II Turntable, Ortofon Red Stylus, recorded as WAV 16/48 in Audacity and saved unaltered (apart from track separation/info tags) as FLAC, and then separately edited with: Clickrepair (low settings) then slight reduction on surface noise + normalised to -1.5db in Audacity and exported as FLAC and MP3 320kbps.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Kalyani Roy ~1986 'The Virtuoso Of Sitar Vol. I'

Here is a lovely Japanese release and pressing of Kalyani Roy. There is not a lot of recorded work by this artist, but the two volumes by Denon are very nice. I'll be posting Volume II next. The release year is unknown, but I'm guessing it is about 1986, as there was a CD released in this year containing tracks from both volumes. The CD is however harder to obtain than the LP and also does not include the first track of this Volume - Raga Todi. Considering the pressing is so good, the CD and LP would be fairly comparable in quality anyway. On tabla Manick Das! Please feel free to comment with facts and trivia about Kalyani Roy.

Label: Denon ‎– ZX-7018-ND

Tracks:
A - Raga Todi
B1 - Raga Durga
B2 - Raga Mishra Kamaj


Digitised with: Project Essential II Turntable, Ortofon Red Stylus, recorded as WAV 16/48 in Audacity and saved unaltered (apart from track separation/info tags) as FLAC, and then separately edited with: Clickrepair (low settings) then slight reduction on surface noise + normalised to -1.5db in Audacity and exported as FLAC and MP3 320kbps.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Ali Akbar Khan 1973 'Bangla Desh'

Hey friends, another beautiful recording of Ali Akbar Khan on the Connoisseur Society label. This was posted on the flatblackclassical blog a while ago, but I thought I would post my copy as well. I was lucky enough to find this in my local shop. There aren't many copies available so very lucky. The second track was re-released on the AMMP Signature Series Volumes - but not the first track... which seems a bit strange. Anyway - enjoy!

Label: Connoisseur Society ‎– CS 2042

Tracks:
A - Raga Bhim Palashree
B - Raga Misra Shivaranjani


Digitised with: Project Essential II Turntable, Ortofon Red Stylus, recorded as WAV 16/48 in Audacity and saved unaltered (apart from track separation/info tags) as FLAC, and then separately edited with: Clickrepair (low settings) then slight reduction on surface noise + normalised to -1.5db in Audacity and exported as FLAC and MP3 320kbps.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Rare Arvind Parikh 1969 'Music of India - Sitar Recital'

Here is a 1969 LP of Arvind Parikh, I think this is his first LP. The LP is in great condition, however I think the quality of the recording is not great. I have copied some of the liner notes below. I have listened to Arvind Parikh in the past, there are a few CDs and digital recordings, however I'm not fully knowledgeable, apart from that he was an early student of Ustad Vilayat Khan.

Label: Regal ‎– S/ELRZ 9

Tracks:
A1 - Raga Kaunsi Kanada
B1 - Raga Jaijaiwanti
B2 - Raga Bhairvi


LINER NOTES:

Arvind Parikh comes from Ahmedabad, capital of Gujarat State, India. He does not have a musical lineage. The environment at home, however, was happily congenial to his interest in music. His grandfather, a local education officer, was a sitarist by inclination. But it was Arvind's mother, herself a noted painter of her time, who wholly influenced the development of his musical personality:
Endowed with a sensitive ear and an even more sensitive power of observation, Arvind showed his weakness for music even as a child of 7. He first toyed with the dilruba, a bow instrument, and soon showed astounding precision in handling it. Equally keen was his curiosity for other instruments as well, so that by the time he was 14, he acquired a winsome command over the violin, the flute, the mandolin, the jalatarang and, finally, the sitar.

Meeting the Master Then came his first meeting with the world-famous sitar-wizard, Vilayat Khan. This was in Bombay, in 1943, and it marked the beginning of an eventful career for the youngster. Vilayat Khan found in Arvind a pupil of talent and imagination prepared to pursue his art with diligence and determination. The receptive pupil soon caught from his master the rich strains of traditional music and wove them into a style of his own. It was also characteristic of the budding sitarist that his absorption in music did not come in the way of his brilliant academic career. In fact, the most intensive phase of his training under Vilayat Khan synchronised with an equally arduous period of his scholastic education. And he graduated in Economics with high honours!


Arvind Parikh made his debut as a sitarist of great promise at the All-India Music Conference in 1955. To his great guru, Vilayat Khan, this performance brought a sense of fulfilment. For, what the youngster played at the conference bore something much more than the impress of the master's genius. And it was not long before his recitals came to be in demand at major musical events all over the country. One shining feature of Vilayat Khan's teaching is the complete freedom he gives his disciples to develop their own style which is why Arvind's play strikes a distinctive note of individualism. His recitals reveal a neat balance between technical ability and practical skill. Pretence and showmanship are unknown to him and, unlike many contemporary impressionists, he does not embroil himself into a maze of technicalities! He prefers graceful curves to broad sweeps and he carries his music in a quiet stride in the slower pace and in a racy canter in the faster passages.

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Digitised with: Project Essential II Turntable, Ortofon Red Stylus, recorded as WAV 16/48 in Audacity and saved unaltered (apart from track separation/info tags) as FLAC, and then separately edited with: Clickrepair (low settings) then slight reduction on surface noise + normalised to -1.5db in Audacity and exported as FLAC and MP3 320kbps.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Ali Akbar Khan 1973 'Ahir Bhairav & Durgeshwari'

[Re-post and Re-transfer with FLACs]

If you haven't guessed by now, I'm a huge Ali Akbar Khan fan... and for good reason! I don't understand why so many of his recordings weren't remastered and re-released on CD. This LP was released in India in 1972. A beautiful and peaceful rendering of Ahir Bhairav - a raga which I first fell in love with from hearing the song 'Albela sajan' from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and also rendered nicely by Rashid Khan... and many others... Anyway!

Label: His Master's Voice ‎– EASD 1391

Tracks:
A - Raga Ahir Bhairav (Alap & Gat Madhyalaya - Teental)
B - Raga Durgeshwari (Gat - Vilambit & Drut - Teental)


Digitised with: Project Essential II Turntable, Ortofon Red Stylus, recorded as WAV 16/48 in Audacity and saved unaltered (apart from track separation/info tags) as FLAC, and then separately edited with: Clickrepair (low settings) then slight reduction on surface noise + normalised to -1.5db in Audacity and exported as FLAC and MP3 320kbps.

Friday, 11 May 2018

M. Nageswara Rao ‎1969 'The Pulse Of Tanam'

Hi friends. This is a South Indian Carnatic LP from 1969 with Nageswara Rao on Veena. It's quite easy to find a copy of this vinyl to buy online, however I don't think it has been digitised. It's actually a really funky and good quality recording. Despite the tattered cover of my version here that I found in the dark crevices of a crammed used vinyl store, the LP is still in good shape. Looks like it even survived a public school library from decades ago...! Enjoy.

Label: Nonesuch ‎– H-72032

Tracks:
A - Ragas Nata (10.35), Goula (4.45)
B - Ragas Arabhi (4.02), Varali (3.32), Sri (7.25)


Digitised with: Project Essential II Turntable, Ortofon Red Stylus, recorded as WAV 16/48 in Audacity and saved unaltered (apart from track separation/info tags) as FLAC, and then separately edited with: Clickrepair (low settings) then slight reduction on surface noise + normalised to -1.5db in Audacity and exported as FLAC and MP3 320kbps.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Shivkumar Sharma, Zakir Hussain 1979 'Kirwani'

Here is a 1979 Indian release of Shivkumar Sharma and Zakir Hussain. I think there are digital versions floating around... the one I found was really bad. The LP I have is in very good condition, however the recording quality is not the best, noting it is live and can hear some audience noise too. Still enjoyable though!

Label: The Gramophone Company Of India Ltd. ‎– ECSD 2830

Tracks:
A - Raga Kirwani (Alap, Jor, Jhala)
B - Raga Kirwani (Gat in Teental)


Digitised with: Project Essential II Turntable, Ortofon Red Stylus, recorded as WAV 16/48 in Audacity and saved unaltered (apart from track separation/info tags) as FLAC, and then separately edited with: Clickrepair (low settings) then slight reduction on surface noise + normalised to -1.5db in Audacity and exported as FLAC and MP3 320kbps.