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First and only available recording of this most anticipated work by one of India's best known composers, Ravi Shankar. Featuring the dazzling sitar playing of Anoushka Shankar - whose recordings on the Deutsche Grammophon label include the Grammy nominated, Live at Carnegie Hall. In this live recording of the work's premiere, David Murphy conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Ravi Shankar's daughter Anoushka on sitar.

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  • Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: David Murphy
  • Composer: Ravi Shankar
  • Audio CD (April 24, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: LPO
  • ASIN: B007A38FK2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,281 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Elton Tom on May 8, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Hearing Indian master Ravi Shankar utilize a traditional Western Orchestra is a revelation. The symphony follows a traditional four-movement structure, however his use of percussion is joyous as is the introduction of raga scales. The London Philharmonic sounds like they're having a great time. The sitar is magical and here you get to hear it duel with a flute and other traditional western instruments. The opening movement could be from a lost Bollywood epic and will make you smile. Make sure to listen all the way to the end to hear the rapturous applause from the extremely delighted crowd. Highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 30, 2012
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Working with Western classical orchestras is nothing new for Ravi Shankar. His sitar concerti and his celebrated duos with Yehudi Menuhin are early examples. This new, live recording is his symphony, or more appropriately, a symphonie concertante for sitar and orchestra. The sitarist before the London Philharmonic Orchestra is his daughter Aoushka Shakar, whose crisp, high technique and rhythmic precision are evident. The four movements of the 40-minute work each follow a different raga scale, two developed by Ravi Shankar: Kafi Zila in 11-beats; Ahir Bhirava; DoGa Kaylan, and Banjara finale. With rhapsodic Indian lyricism, the work is filled with lightness and joy. The complex third movement is somewhat like an angular scherzo with intensity, speed, and strong rhythms, mainly the 2-3-2-3 ten-beat cycle. The last movement has folkloric themes of the Banjara nomads. The piece closes like a raga, with the very fast, streaming gat. Apparently, the musicians themselves vocalize the rhythm in the last couple of minutes. The notes mentioned that Anoushka had options for semi-improvized cadenza, particularly in the first movement and final gat. The various sections of the orchestra are featured for thematic explorations during the composition. The symphony had its debut in 2010, when Ravi Shankar was age 90. How grand to have such a successful, innovative work at such an age! How good also for the listerner versed in both classical and world music. This is a fun recording.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bodhi Heeren on September 5, 2012
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Crossing genres and widening the popularity of Indian music and instruments have been a life long passion for sitar pandit Ravi Shankar (who amazingly still performs at 92). Here he has given the sitar part over to his immensely talented daughter Anoushka Shankar, a just as bold and adventurous musical soul as evidenced by her string of beautiful and challenging solo albums (Traveller and Breathing Under Water being my personal favorites).

And it really is the marvelous playing af Anoushka that is the main attraction on this release combined with the great sound of the live recording. Cause as other have stated the orchestral arrangements may not be so interesting, sounding more like a John Williams movie score than say Messiaen, Saariaaho or Per Nørgard.

But none the less a beautiful experience. Relaxing, uplifting music with an added profoundity thanks to the sitar mastery.
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