Reviews

This disc mainly presents one of the most important traditional repertoire of Kyrgyzstan, the küü, which consists of instrumental pieces “thought to be descriptive or narrative (p. 18),” played mainly on the komuz (lute). Though only three tracks comprise vocal songs, the disc is quite diversified, due to different styles and instruments (the komuz, but also the harp, the flute, and the bowed lute kyak). Pieces are short, and involve old composed pieces from tradition and early-twentieth-century compositions. All are related to a story, which would appear hard to understand for non-connoisseur, but the text does well explain or describe musical expressions. R. Sïrdïbaeva and J. During accompany these beautiful melodies with an expressive and sometimes poetical text, which puts each song in context. The line note provides information about players and singers, their musical background, different instrumental techniques and the context of the creation of melodies. The authors also stipulate the sensibility related to the each melody: imitation of nature or of an animal, lamentation, recounting of a legendary episode . . . — i.e., images constructed by instrumental melodies. Players and singers are among the bests in Kyrgyzstan and this disc, following Kyrgyz aesthetic in the choice of songs, makes their music available and understandable to amateurs and connoisseurs.

Ariane Zevaco, School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Paris
CER: II-6.4.D-519