Notes and Editorial Reviews
"Knowing something of the tortuous history and annexation of what is described here as Tibet, Autonomous Region of China, I at one time considered dealing with it as a separate entity from the rest of the series. On reflection I decided that such a neo-political statement was not appropriate to Musicweb International.
For once in this series, the view on the front of the DVD box fails abysmally to do justice to what is shown. Thankfully the DVD itself more than compensates. I am aware that I have littered superlatives about the sites and situations illustrated in this collection. I suggest you collect the superlatives all together and even then they would not adequately describe what is shown in the opening (CH1). It is
the awesome view of the location and structure of the Potala Palace located 2Km north-west of Lhasa the remote capital of Tibet. The massive Palace has two distinct and easily recognisable parts, the White Palace completed in 1645 and the Red Palace being completed in 1694. The fifth Dalai Lama lived there.
The Lhasa River is one of five tributaries of the mighty Brahmaputra, so important to the Buddhists. The music of recorder backing a very high-pitched human voice is very distinctive (CH.2). The Jokhang Temple (CH.3) dating from the 7th century, houses a revered image of the Buddha. The music of a drone and timpani and periodic antiphonic chants of the monks are particularly distinctive. The streets nearby are shown later (CH.9).
Fifty kilometres to the north-east is the Ganden Monastery. It is the seat of the Gelupga Buddhist order and holds important religious relics (CH.7). The reputedly oldest building in Tibet, a place of many legends concludes this tour. A tapering structure, its building seems to sprout from a craggy ridge overlooking a patchwork of fields (CH.10).
Tibetan music - the chanting of monks and other vocal and instrumental pieces - is among the most distinctive and characterful in this series."
-- 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 61:27
Booklet notes in English and Chinese
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