West Meets East: The Historic Shankar/Menuhin Sessions [BGO]

Audio Samples

>Shankar, Ravi : Prabhati for sitar, violin & tabla
>Shankar, Ravi : Raga Puriya Kalyan
>Shankar, Ravi : Sawara Kakali for sitar, violin & tabla (based on Raga Tilang)
>Enescu, George : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in A minor, Op. 25

Album Summary

>Shankar, Ravi : Prabhati for sitar, violin & tabla
>Shankar, Ravi : Raga Puriya Kalyan
>Shankar, Ravi : Sawara Kakali for sitar, violin & tabla (based on Raga Tilang)
>Enescu, George : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in A minor, Op. 25
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Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Ravi Shankar (sitar); Ravi Shankar; Prodyot Sen (tanpura); Yehudi Menuhin (violin); Hephzibah Menuhin (piano); Alla Rakha (tabla).

That a Western violinist should choose to pair with the illustrious Ravi Shankar is not in itself surprising. The violin was fully absorbed (and tuned much lower) by the Indian classical music establishment as early as the 19th century, and in contemporary times produced performers such as Dr. L. Subramaniam, Lalgudi Jayaraman, and the highly experimental L. Shankar. However, aside from being a highly accomplished recording, the original West Meets East -- there would be two additional Menuhin-Shankar collaborations -- elevated world music to new heights. Menuhin had championed Indian music in the West for years before learning how to play it. His sensitivity to the material is demonstrated on "Sawara Kakali," particularly during the tremendous duet that closes the track.



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Works Details

>Shankar, Ravi : Prabhati for sitar, violin & tabla
  • Performers: Alla Rakha (Tabla); Yehudi Menuhin; Yehudi Menuhin (Violin); Prodyot Sen (Tanpura); Ravi Shankar (Sitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Shankar, Ravi : Raga Puriya Kalyan
  • Performers: Ravi Shankar (Sitar); Prodyot Sen (Tanpura); Yehudi Menuhin
  • Running Time: 11 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Shankar, Ravi : Sawara Kakali for sitar, violin & tabla (based on Raga Tilang)
  • Performers: Ravi Shankar (Sitar); Yehudi Menuhin; Yehudi Menuhin (Violin); Prodyot Sen (Tanpura)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Enescu, George : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in A minor, Op. 25
  • Performers: Hephzibah Menuhin (Piano); Yehudi Menuhin (Violin); Yehudi Menuhin; Ravi Shankar (Sitar)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic