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Rokus de Groot: Shivashakti, Dhruba Ghosh

Album Summary

>De Groot, Rokus : ShivaShakti, for oboe (or English horn) & sarangi
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Notes & Reviews:

In Hinduism, Shiva and Shakti represent the balance between male and female, between meditation and energy. In ShivaShakti, the English horn part was composed by Rokus de Groot, who also created the overall structure of the work. In this recorded performance, Dhruba Ghosh engages in 'instant composition' (improvisation), and plays the sarangi part. Dhruba Ghosh and Ernest Rombout, two master musicians schooled in different cultural traditions, each unfold his own musical expertise based respectively on Indian classical and contemporary European music, while at the same time continually remaining attuned to each other. This interplay is a form of intercultural polyphony: respect for difference through mutual responsiveness.

Fanfare Magazine
a piece in which one strand is composed and one improvised, no two performances will (or should) ever be alike; thus this recording is just one of many possible interpretations. Yet whether or not the work goes on and achieves a life of its own outside of this disc, the absolutely magical, hypnotic effect it creates is something that will stay with you for a long, long time.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rhoon, Ned. Hervormde Kerk (05/26/2010-05/27/2010).


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>De Groot, Rokus : ShivaShakti, for oboe (or English horn) & sarangi
  • Performers: Dhruba Ghosh (Sarangi); Ernest Rombout (Oboe)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical