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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2002
Ali Akbar Khan and L Subramaniam prove why they are both absolute masters of their craft. L.Subramaniam's other attempts at East /West fusion have often produced very mixed results. This North/South fusion though works incredibly well and is one of the few Carnatic/Hindustani instrumental Jugalbandi's available in the market. A brilliant disc from start to finish and a marvelous treatment of the raga Sindhu Bhairavi by both masters will get you in the mood for a perfect Saturday morning. This one is a delight for purists of both Hindustani and Carnatic music as well as for those (such as myself) who enjoy a fusion of the two. A similar Carnatic Violin/ Hindustani Sarod Jugalbandi by Lalgudi Jayaraman and Amjad Ali Khan (different Raga though) is unfortunately out of print. The 2 instruments mesh very well and it is quite surprising to see so few of these around. (Even this one is hard to find).
The production is excellent and this one is highly recommended for all lovers of Indian Classical music.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 1999
This is a rare oppotunity to hear two masters, one North Indian, the other South Indian, perform together live. The two musicians play as if they have always been together. The raga is approached quite seriously with a brief alap and then a vilambit gat which explores every nuance of Shindhu Bhairavi. The drut gat gives these two masters a chance to show their technical virtousity. A recording you will go back to again and again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2003
this CD is well worth listening to w/ Maestros Subramaniam & Kahn & Zakir Hussain playing master-fully & recorded Live a few years ago... not the best recording quality BUT the playing is first rate & very inspiring... if you enjoy the original Shakti CDs; you should enjoy this one...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2005
When I first heard about this record, I couldn't wait to hear it. Ali Akbar Khan and L. Subramaniam are 2 of my very favorite musicians. Sarod and Carnatic violin are 2 of my favorite instruments. Also, Zakir Hussain accomapanies them on tabla. There is Mridangam on there 2 but not sure who. This cd did not let me down at all. It is great. The maestros all give an outstanding performance. I listen to alot of different kinds of music and own alot of different cd's. This is in the top 5 for sure. Buy it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2007
4 1/2

Intense Indian melding of these two giants with their instruments stands as some of the most personal, committed, musically brilliant Ragas for people who would not know better. Many western distributed recordings of this nature smack of exploitation, even if the playing is incredible. Consisting of one (relatively) brief intro followed by the epic 40 minute sonic mediation, Duet will certainly not be for casual music listeners but certainly will be for those who are dying to casually get into virtuoso eastern flair without falling victim to a cheapening imported sentiment that mars so much of it's kind.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2005
a wonderful collaboration, where the feminine sways of the soaring violin are magestically punctuated by Ali AkBar Khan's speach on the sarod. A must-have for classical indian music lovers and highly recommended for open minds & ears.
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on October 24, 2012
I am not at all an expert on Indian traditional music, but when I first heard an earlier recording of these two master musicians playing together (an out-of-print record called "Ethereal Duet") I was completely hooked. "Duet" is unfortunately the only CD of Ali Akbar Khan and L. Subramaniam playing together that I could find in print. For this reason alone it is highly recommended.

My one quibble would be that at times during the second track the outstanding tabla player (Zakir Hussain) seems to take over a bit... Dr. Subramaniam plays rather quietly and the tabla, having accelerated to a rapid pace, never slows down to meet the violinist. This may be a part of the traditional form -- I don't know enough to say for sure. But it feels like the tabla is too dominant for some of the time while the music transitions from the slower pace of the first track to the frenzied pace concluding the second track.

The recording quality is excellent despite this having been recorded live. There is no applause to intrude on the performance until the very end when the music has concluded, so applause isn't a problem. The caliber of the performances is excellent so far as my untutored ears can discern.
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on February 3, 2015
I am not very knowledgeable about music, but this is simply the most beautiful music I have ever heard. It's too beautiful to work to, I have to stop everything and listen. When I discovered it through Pandora, I had to get my own copy and am very glad I did.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2002
Ali Akbar Khan and L. Subramaniam are acknowledged masters of their respective instruments, and their mastery can clearly be felt in this fine live performance of the early-morning rag Sindhi Bhairavi.
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