Urtiin Duu

COMPOSERS: Various
LABELS: JVC
PERFORMER: Namdziliin Norovbanzad
CATALOGUE NO: 5394-2

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Namdziliin Norovbanzad, the singer of Mongolian ‘long song’, is said to have been more powerful in her younger days. You would not guess that from the first recording of her big range of pitches and techniques: measured vibratos, tone-wide trills, intense and penetrating attack in an ornamented pentatonic mode. 

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She is supported by bowed and plucked strings and a flute, which have some racy tunes of their own. The final song ‘relates the story of a camel’; evidently it does something awesome, but the secret is kept for those who know the language.