"Located in the far north-west of China this autonomous region borders Kazakstan, Kyrgystan and Mongolia. The ethnic mix is clearly represented in the features of the local population and perhaps also influences the music that is more heavily timpani dominated, with what sounds like steel drums featuring heavily. The ethnic diversity is also reflected in the living conditions and which feature Yurts and primitive log cabins of the Kazakh and Mongolian inhabitants. The capital, Urumqi is 30Km from the geographical centre of the continent of Asia with its distinctive sculpture that looks like a giant plumb-line marking the spot.
The physical geography is diverse as shown by the views of lakes, plateaux with sheep, desertsRead more with camels and fantastically eroded rocks and glaciers, these natural features making a sharp contrast with the largest wind farm in Asia. But, given the geographical position, a surprise is the growing of grapes. Lush bunches of the white Turpan grape are harvested and then hung out to dry. No explanation is given as to why. Is it a variant of the noble rot developed in the autumn in Bordeaux and which gives the divine and expensive renowned sweet wines such as Barsac?
The wailing of the woodwind and the steely timpani are distinctive musical sounds in the accompanying traditional music."
-- Robert J. Farr, MusicWeb International
Region: 0 (all region)
Format: NTSC, Digital 2.0, 5.1 / DTS 5.1, Aspect Ratio 16:9
Run Time 59:49
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Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Inadequate notesMarch 4, 2014By Robin Thelwall (Castlegar, BC)See All My Reviews"This DVD has some stunning film of several sites in Xinjiang including Kashgar city and some famous rural locations. Only because of my interest in traditional music from this area and its links with the Perso-Turkic musical tradition could I understand some of the musicology. Unfortunately Naxos has provided no background notes on the music, nor sub-titles or spoken narrative on the filmed sequences. A Pity because the film and sound quality are first class"Report Abuse