Homrong

Musicians of the National Dance Company of Cambodia

Released 28 May 1991

  1. Breu Peyney
  2. Leng Suan
  3. Homrong
  4. Tep Monorom Dance
  5. Nor Kor Reach
  6. Luok Phsar
  7. Tropangpeay
  8. Preah Chinnavong
  9. Bohrapha
  10. Mohori Bompay

Liner notes

Music of a venerable and magnificent culture, plus modern Cambodian folk songs previously unrecorded.

The music on this album represents a range of styles, from the classical orchestra to wedding ensembles and folk groups. (It should be noted that the orchestra here is not the full ‘pinpeat’ orchestra, but a smaller version lacking an extra roneat and an extra ghong).

The singers accompanying the dance orchestra tell stories – episodes from Hindu epics and heroic legends – or poems expressing a great love of beauty and pleasure. Of the folk music, many of these pieces are new to western ears having never been recorded before.

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Further Listening

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    Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble

    Released 28 May 1991

    This is an album of peasant songs from southern Russia, specific to an area known as ‘the wild field’ because it has no natural barriers and over the centuries has been ravaged by invaders and marauding Tartars. The songs all date from before the 1917 Revolution and are still sung by workers on collective farms.
  • The Mahabharata (Original Soundtrack)

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    Released 24 January 1990

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