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Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet (original recording Remastered) / Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Album Summary

>Traditional, Mongolian : Mongolian Traditional Long song
>Sharav, Byambasuren : Legend of Herlen
>Traditional, Chinese : Blue Little Flower
>Traditional, Chinese : Mido Mountain
>Jiping, Zhao : Moon Over Guan Mountains
>Mamiya, Michio : Five Finnish Folksongs
>Traditional, Persian : Avaz-e Dashti
>Ali-Zadeh, Franghiz : Habil-Sayagy, for cello & prepared piano
>Kalhor, Kayhan : Blue As the Turquoise Night of Neyshabur
>Azzaiolo, Fillippo : Chi passa per 'sta strada, for voices, lutes & violin
>Tan Dun : Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Performers Ensemble Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel includes: Yo-Yo Ma (cello, morin khuur); Ganbaatar Khongorzul (vocals); Siamak Aghaei (santur); Colin Jacobsen, Todd Reynolds (violin); Nicholas Cords, Leo Suzuki (viola); Edward Arron (cello); Kayhan Kalhor (kemancheh, setar); Yang Wei (pipa); Xu Ke (erhu); Siamak Jahangiri (ney);

Wu Tong (sheng); John Rutherford, James Pugh, Stephen Dunkekl (trombone); Joel Fan (piano, percussion); Shane Shanahan (tabla, percussion); Sandeep Das (tabla); Mark Suter, Joseph Gramley (percussion).

Recorded at The Hit Factory, New York, New York in August 2001. Includes liner notes by Yo-Yo Ma.

Recording information: Hit Factory Studio 1, New York, NY (08/01/2001-08/08/2001).

Although Yo-Yo Ma is an international celebrity, one of the most famed classical musicians alive, he's too artistically curious to settle into a lifetime of playing nothing but the Western classical music that made him a household name. For the renowned cellist, the SILK ROAD is one that weaves its musical way through the traditions of many different cultures. Ma's cello is joined here by Indian instruments (tabla), traditional Asian instruments (erhu, pipa), and other Western instrumentation (piano, trombone, etc.). Over the course of SILK ROAD JOURNEYS: WHEN STRANGERS MEET, this international assemblage manages to find its way through everything from "Mongolian Traditional Long Song" (featuring the keening vocals of Ganbaatar Khongorzul) to Finnish and Persian traditional music. The only thing as striking as this ensemble's international eclecticism is the skill brought to bear on each of these disparate pieces.



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Works Details

>Traditional, Mongolian : Mongolian Traditional Long song
  • Performers: Khongorzul (Voice); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.

>Sharav, Byambasuren : Legend of Herlen
  • Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Silk Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 11 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Traditional, Chinese : Blue Little Flower
  • Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Silk Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.

>Traditional, Chinese : Mido Mountain
  • Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Silk Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.

>Jiping, Zhao : Moon Over Guan Mountains
  • Performers: Shane Shanahan (Tabla); Yang Wei (Pipa); Wu Tong (Sheng); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Mamiya, Michio : Five Finnish Folksongs :: no 3. Miero vuotti uutta kuuta
  • Performers: Joel Fan (Piano); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Mamiya, Michio : Five Finnish Folksongs :: no 5. Joiku
  • Performers: Joel Fan (Piano); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional, Persian : Avaz-e Dashti
  • Performers: Siamak Jahangiri (Ney); Siamak Aghaei (Santur); Kayhan Kalhor (Setar); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.

>Ali-Zadeh, Franghiz : Habil-Sayagy, for cello & prepared piano
  • Performers: Joel Fan (Prepared Piano); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979

>Kalhor, Kayhan : Blue As the Turquoise Night of Neyshabur
  • Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Silk Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 15 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 05/2000

>Azzaiolo, Fillippo : Chi passa per 'sta strada, for voices, lutes & violin
  • Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Silk Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1557

>Tan Dun : Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon :: Desert Capriccio
  • Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Silk Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 2000