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East-West Encounters - McPhee: Balinese Ceremonia Music; Messiaen: Canteyodjaya; Crumb: Vox Balaenae; Mayuzumi: Bunraku / Dreamtiger


Notes & Reviews:

It is reported that the island of Sri Lanka, off the coast of India, was sending ambassadors to the Greek and Roman courts as early as the 1st century B.C. Reciprocal influences that scholars have detected between Indian and classical Greek art may lead us to speculate on a time when music of the Orient and the Occident were as one. Whatever their common origins, the respective worlds of Asian and Occidental music moved to opposite poles during the ensuing millennia. Nevertheless, Colonial expansion was bound to bring a cultural awakening in the course of time. From "fairy lands forlorn" to Mallarme's brise marine, from Rousseau's "noble savage" to Gauguin - these are but short steps.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Rohan de Saram (cello); Kathryn Lukas (flute); Douglas Young (piano, percussion); Peter Hill (piano).

Recording information: The COncert Hall, Royal Northern College Of Music, Manc (10/04/1981/10/11/1981).


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