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New Impossibilities Classical

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MA YO-YO NEW IMPOSSIBILITIES / THE SLIK ROAD ENS.

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This latest addition to Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road project is a thrill a minute. The most "famous" composer represented here is Osvaldo Golijov, whose "Night of the Flying Horses" fascinates with its sampling of "Je crois entendre encore" from Bizet's Pearl Fishers, while a high violin line and mournful cello alternate above it; the piece goes wild about two-thirds of the way through in the section called, appropriately, "Gallop." The other composers all offer equally fascinating pieces as well: the thrilling rhythms of Rabih Abou-Khalil's "Arabian Waltz"; Zhou Long's "Song of the Eight Unruly Poets" (what a title!), with its high-pitched strings (members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra take part in many of the works); the cinematic battle music of "Ambush from Ten Sides," featuring the twangy, acidic tones of the pipa, which ends in a true conflagration of violence, complete with shouting; and "Vocussion," a brief, cool piece with scat singing and boom-boxing. There's more -- much more -- in this portrait of world music, and it's all wonderful. --Robert Levine

1. Arabian Waltz
2. Night of the Flying Horses Suite
3. Galloping Horses
4. Song of Eight Unruly Tipsy Poets
5. Shristi
6. The Silent City
7. Ambush from Ten Sides
8. Vocussion

Product Details

  • Performer: Silk Road Ensemble
  • Audio CD (July 31, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Classical
  • Label: SONY CLASSICS
  • ASIN: B000RIWAYE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,986 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence J. Gubas on January 6, 2009
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As you might note from my other reviews, I find the work and range of Yo Yo Ma to be quite stimulating and wonderful to hear. I often take chances and buy his work without previewing it based on past happy purchases. I fell in love with the first album in the Silk Road series since it was full of bright new and interesting melodies and performances. It is surely a work of great interest. However, I found this album to be less bright and without the stimulating variety of the first work. The second was just alright and I find this one to be just dull. Maybe, it was my mood but that is my first reaction. I have seen the first two concerts that supported the first two albums and loved the music live and on disk. It is not that the idea has grown cold or old but the music does not have the vibrance of the first two works. I would go to listen to them first.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Linda Petersen on November 21, 2007
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This compilation of new (to me) sounds was enchanting and well worth leisure listening. I wasn't quite expecting the unusual instruments to provide the level of musicality and transition they did. This album is a joy and credit to the innovation and vision of the composers, arrangers and musicians who created this beautiful presentation of New Impossibilities.
Linda Petersen
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Abert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 19, 2007
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Yo-yo Ma and his friends made a wonderful collaboration in this further compilation of music along the 'Silk Road'.
The repertoire chosen ranges from contemproary to classic. The variety is great, and the novelty and creativity to be marvelled.
While the compilation and re-arrangement of the 'Ambush from Ten Sides' for the pipa instrument is admirably re-freshing, if ever there is any further added dimension to Yo Yo's project, I would like to refer him to the 12 Uighur Suites (Muqams) and contemproary Uighur guitarist-cum-composer-singer Arken Abddulah, a promoter of the Dolan Muqam as well as modern Uighur music, who is also an ardent Flamenco music follower. The "Ambush" piece was too much of a 'mainland' tune to be reckoned with the Silk Road, though the pipa is an instrument originating from the Central Asian region, but so is the guitar!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle VINE VOICE on January 9, 2008
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The label said, "It will rock your world." They weren't lying. I have joyously followed the Silk Road Journeys and this CD is a welcome addition. I honestly do not have the chops to give a meaningful review of classical music except to say that I thoroughly enjoy this recording.
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By S. Spilka on December 28, 2010
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Since I heard this c.d. for the first time, my ears are constantly hungry for it. There are so many new sounds, instruments, melodies, and harmonies here that at first hearing my head was spinning and my body--dancing. I didn't think I'd like this amalgam of east and west, but I do, I do. Particularly magnificent is "The Silent City" for cello and strings. It starts so quietly that you can barely hear it, but it builds up to a rich melody that wrings your heart and takes you to the deep places of wonder and longing that you recognize as your soul. This lyrical masterpiece is followed by the energetic and vibrant Indian Tabla which I love. How can you not leap out of your skin to the sounds of these drums which cascade to our ears like a waterfall of fast and varying beats?
What Yo-Yo Ma has given us here is a gift like no other. Beethoven reportedly said that music is the voice of God. This is it. Right here.
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As is typical with YO YO, his desire to keep expanding the boundaries through integration with other styles and sounds leaves music fans with a broad smile. The most significant piece is the Silent City and its cello beginnings as performed by Kayhan Kalhor on the Kamancheh. The haunting feelings that came from the extermination of an entire village of people perpetually resonate from this song. It has such incredible depth that one can feel the genocidal impacts as if it happened today. If you are someone who likes things to span very different genres of music then you will enjoy this immensely.
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Yo-Yo Ma, The Silk Road Ensemble and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have created what can only be described as diversity at its best. After hearing one track on a local radio station I decided to purchase the CD and was I surprised. This is one great recording. Imaginative, delightful, mournful, foot-tapping, and yes, a listening pleasure. "The Silent City," by Kayhan Kalhor is haunting, but my favorite track is "Ambush from Ten Sides," which will jolt you from your seat. However, if you really want to enjoy this CD . . . turn it up!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charity Johnson on November 10, 2007
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There are many collaborative masterpieces in the world but this one definitely stands out. The exploration of different sounds are impressive, and while I only wish the CD was longer, I was thoroughly satisfied.
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