March 18, 2017

Hariprasad Chaurasia: La Flute de Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia [ESP 8408] an LP recorded and released in France (1983-84)

This LP is part of a series on Sonodisc which had some support from UNESCO. All of them sport the same cover design with minimal variations. It is labeled as number 12 in the series. Some of the previous issues can be seen on the back cover. It was recorded in March December [thanks, Rory!] 1983 and sports a copyright date of 1984.

side one: Raga Bhupali (alap): 20:54
side two: Raga Vashaspati (gats in rupak taal and teentaal): 18:26

Hariprasad Chaurasia: bansuri
Shafat Ahmed Khan: tabla
Manmohan Raya: tampura

Equipment used in transfer: 
Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in pure clean water
Turntable:  Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: Audio-technica AT-440MLb
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Edirol R-09HR at 24bit/96kHz resolution
Software: Audacity, ClickRepair, and xAct. 

(the highest resolution I am capable of producing)

(suitable for burning to CD)

(highest possible quality mp3 file; 
suitable for listening on a portable player)


  1. Thanks a lot Richard. Hariprasad CHaurasia is one of my favorites musician, whatever music styles.

    I had the luck to see him in concert in 2001, and until today, it remains the most beautiful concert I attended.

    I love his msic and his sound, his guru was Annapurna Devi, and in those dark times, Chaurasia's music is a medicine.

  2. BTW, recording date is not march 1983 but december 1983: actually, the date "03.12.83" printed at the back is written in french date, so it's 3rd december 1983, not 12th march 1983.

  3. Dear Richard,

    Just discovered your blog yesterday and downloaded pretty much everything you posted there. What a treasure trove! I wanted to thank you for your efforts and all the music you share with us. I also wanted to ask if you're planning on updating the expired (zippy) flac links. Thank you very very much once again. All the best.


  4. Love this record. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. As noted in another comment, love this, thanks for sharing!

  6. I am just discovering your blog. Thank you for all you share with passion and high quality level. Thanks to you, I discover new things and find again some I have lost with my old vinyls.