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Gamelan of Central Java – 28 GENDHING  MANDULPATI slendro nem

This album presents three recordings of a gendhing that has been defined “mystic yet sensuous” – a gem in the vast classical repertoire of the Javanese gamelan culture.  The performances took place at Kraton Kasunanan, Surakarta, on three different occasions in 1996, 1999, and 2004. They are presented here, together, with the purpose to add interesting elements of comparative listening in regard to such beautiful work.

The gamelan set playing in all three recordings is the slendro portion – ‘Manis Rengga’ – of one of the best known gamelan sets of the Kraton of Surakarta, which has its pelog portion as ‘Kaduk Manis’.

The pesindhen (female voice) singing in all three versions of the gendhing is Nyi Cendaniraras, a particularly warm and agreeable voice according to the writer of these notes.

Here are some further details.

 

Track 1 13:46    Gendhing MANDULPATI slendro nem 2004 performance

Recorded in 2004 at Kraton Kasunanan
Gamelan Kyai Manis Rengga
Pesindhen Nyi Cendaniraras
Musicians from both Kraton and ISI Surakarta
Characteristic of this performance is that the ending of the inggah, second portion of the gendhing, is played in ‘loud style’, with soft-sounding instruments being silent.

 

Track 2 14:00    Gendhing MANDULPATI slendro nem 1996 performance

Recorded in 1996 at Kraton Kasunanan
Gamelan Kyai Manis Rengga
Pesindhen Nyi Cendaniraras
Musicians of Kraton Surakarta.

In this performance the gamelan was played in its reduced formation, traditionally called gadhon, with the loud-sounding instruments being silent.
In a later session, a second vocal part by Nyi Cendaniraras was sparingly added in overdub.

 

Track 3 08:48    Gendhing MANDULPATI slendro nem 1999 performance

Recorded in 1999 at Kraton Kasunanan
Gamelan Kyai Manis Rengga
Pesindhen Nyi Cendaniraras
Musicians of ISI Surakarta

This is a shorter performance with a lively character, with the suling (Indonesian flute) showing its bird-like contribution.

 

John Noise Manis

 

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Nyi Cendaniraras

 

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