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Anoushka Shankar: Live at Carnegie Hall
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Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London on 1 July 2010.
Legendary composer and sitarist Ravi Shankar is one of India’s most highly esteemed musical ambassadors, renowned for his pioneering work in bringing Indian music to the West. 2010 saw the première of his ambitious fusion work, his first symphony conceived for a Western symphony orchestra, which translates the aural sensibilities and sound-worlds of Indian music into a Western structural framework. In this live recording of the work’s première, David Murphy conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Ravi Shankar’s daughter Anoushka on sitar.
Ravi Shankar travelled a great deal in the West as a child dancer in his elder brother Uday Shankar’s troupe of Indian musicians and dancers. During a long sojourn in Paris in the early 1930s he met many of the legends of Western classical music: George Enescu, the great Romanian violinist and composer who was then teaching the teenage Menuhin in Paris. Toscanini, Heifetz, Paderewski, Casals, Kreisler and the great Russian bass Chaliapin were some of the musical legends who made an impact on the young Ravi Shankar.
He also experienced the reaction of Westerners to hearing Indian music for the first time. He noticed that the Western ear is attuned to harmony, modulation and counterpoint: musical textures which of necessity are almost entirely absent in Indian music in order to maintain the melodic purity of the raga. He realised Western-trained ears needed an awareness of the rhythmic and melodic structures underpinning Indian music in order to appreciate it.
Thus in later years, Ravi Shankar became the first Indian musician to explain these concepts to his audiences. Through Ravi Shankar, Indian music began to have an influence on most genres of Western music: Yehudi Menuhin became a duo partner and George Harrison was another Western musician for whom the music of India resonated deeply. Harrison became a devoted student and lifelong friend, thus the influence of Indian music reached out to a whole generation.
“it's a resounding triumph, from the vibrant, animated opening movement “Kafi Zila” through an elegant, involving lento section of duetting flute and sitar, and an intriguing Indian scherzo whose hypnotic layerings of marimba, flute and sitar evoke echoes of American minimalism, through to the stirring, virtuoso finale.” The Independent, 28th April 2012 *****
“David Murphy, who helped Shankar with the work’s scoring and notation, conducts with energy. The recorded sound is clear and detailed.” The Arts Desk, 23rd June 2012
“It's a tremendously attractive, sometimes serene, often joyous work, drawing on Indian melodic and rhythmic elements, European structures and developmental procedures, and textures from both traditions...[Anoushka] performs with her accustomed charm, aplomb and panache. Credit should also go to the flautists, who are given important work to do.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2012 *****
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Anoushka Shankar: Traveller
 Inside Me
 Bulería con Ricardo
 Si no Puedo Verla
 Dancing in Madness
 Boy Meets Girl
 Casi Uno
 Lola's Lullaby
Deutsche Grammophon’s artist Anoushka Shankar is a musical aristocrat: Her father and teacher is Ravi Shankar. Embracing the heritage of flamenco from its origins in India to home in Spain, Anoushka Shankar creates a sound that is fresh, distinctive, and fascinating. Anoushka Shankar is established as one of today’s leading performers − blending Indian and Western classical music, flamenco, jazz, and numerous other influences.
An international name, she has performed with such stars as Joshua Bell and Mstislav Rostropovich − and as guest appearances on albums by Sting, Herbie Hancock, and others. The acclaimed producer Javier Limón (eg, Paco de Lucia’s Cositas buenas) is producing and playing guitar on this ground-breaking album. Also appearing are the renowned flamenco artists Sandra Carrasco and Duquende (vocal), Pepe Habichuela (guitar), El Piraña (percussion), and the Hindustani classical music artist Shubha Mudgal.
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