Thomas de Hartmann - The Music Of Gurdjieff / de Hartmann [5LP] (essay - UrbanVinylStore

Thomas de Hartmann - The Music Of Gurdjieff / de Hartmann [5LP] (essay, archive photos and download, etching on final side, limited to 1000, RSD indie-retail exclusive)

Official Record Store Day release
* Limited to 1,000 copies
* First ever vinyl reissue, includes 7 bonus pieces never before on vinyl
* Audio restored and remastered from the original analog master tapes
* New art featured on 5 deluxe Stoughton ''tip-on'' jackets and slipcase
* Includes essay, archive photos and download card for MP3 of all 56 pieces
* Features custom etching on final side

The music of Gurdjieff / de Hartmann is the result of an extraordinary collaboration between the Greek-Armenian spiritual teacher, G. I. Gurdjieff and Russian composer, Thomas de Hartmann. Gurdjieff traveled for twenty years in the Middle East and Central Asia to discover and develop the teaching which now bears his name. Meditative and mindful, Gurdjieff's music stems from Eastern melodies and music he heard in remote monasteries.

From 1923 to 1929, Thomas de Hartmann worked closely with Gurdjieff at his Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man outside Paris, translating into European notation the music Gurdjieff composed from his travels. The original tapes containing these tracks were recorded in the 1950s under informal circumstances with rudimentary equipment, never intended to be heard by the public. As for the instrumentation, the performance is stripped down to nothing more than a single piano (played by de Hartmann) but lacks absolutely nothing; rather de Hartmann uses the negative space between notes to revel in resonance, in turn capturing remarkable depth and meaning.

Following the appearance of a track on LITA's I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age In America 1950-1990, this material, out of print on vinyl for over three decades, could be considered the seeds that would eventually grow to become the roots of what we now think of as new age music. Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett, who recorded the album G. I. Gurdjieff: Sacred Hymns for the ECM label in 1980, is among the artists to interpret this music since, but the tracks presented in this five LP box-set are the only recordings available of de Hartmann himself playing the music he and Gurdjieff composed. Also included are seven additional recordings, never before available on vinyl, including a talk by de Hartmann about Gurdjieff's view of the music.

Tracklist:
1. Holy Affirming, Holy Denying, Holy Reconciling 2. The Resurrection of Christ 3. Prayer and Despair 4. Sayyid Chant and Dance, No. 10 5. Hymn (January 2, 1927) 6. Reading from a Sacred Book 7. Sayyid Chant, No. 15 8. Hymn for Easter Thursday 9. Hymn to Our Endless Creator 10. Prayer, No. 2 11. Hymn from a Great Temple, No. 10 Essene Hymn 12. Hymn from a Great Temple, No. 1 13. ''Rejoice, Beelzebub!'' 14. Bayaty 15. Kurd Melody from Isfahan 16. Meditation 17. ''The Struggle of the Magicians'' (Fragment No. 4) 18. Chant form a Holy Book 19. ''The Struggle of the Magicians'' (Fragment No. 5) 20. Katzapsky Song 21. Kurd Melody 22. ''The Struggle of the Magicians'' (Fragment No. 3) 23. The Bokharian Dervish, Hadji-Asvatz -Troov 24. Kurd Shepherd's Dance 25. Sayyid Chant and Dance, No. 42 26. Kurd Shepherd Melody 27. Caucasian Dance 28. Sayyid Chant and Dance, No. 1 29. Persian Song 30. Hymn for Christmas Day, No. 2 31. Sayyid Chant and Dance, No. 23 32. Sayyid Chant and Dance, No. 9 33. Song of the Fisherwomen 34. Hindu Melody 35. Sayyid Chant and Dance, No. 29 36. Hymn (February 14, 1926) 37. Hymn for Christmas Day, No. 1 38. Vespers Hymn 39. Sayyid Chant and Dance, No. 30 40. Sayyid Dance, No. 22 For Mr. Gurdjieff's Wife 41. Kurd Melody for Two Flutes 42. Assyrian Women Mourners 43. Easter Hymn and Procession in the Holy Night 44. Hymn for Easter Wednesday 45. Prayer and Procession 46. Song of the Aisors 47. Song of the Molokans 48. Night Procession 49. Remarks by Thomas de Hartmann 50. Holy Affirming, Holy Denying, Holy Reconciling 51. Orthodox Hymn for a Midnight Service 52. Tibi Cantamus, No. 2 53. Alleluia 54. LaudamusÉ 55. Easter Hymn 56. Remembrance

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