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Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon

Fikret Amirov , Sandeep Das , Indrajit Das Sandeep / Dey , Uzeir Hajibeyov , Kayhan Kalhor , Alan Pierson , Yo-Yo Ma , Silk Road Ensemble , Jason Duckles Audio CD
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  • Performer: Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble, Jason Duckles
  • Conductor: Alan Pierson
  • Composer: Fikret Amirov, Sandeep Das, Indrajit Das Sandeep / Dey, Uzeir Hajibeyov, Kayhan Kalhor
  • Audio CD (April 5, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0007TFHEI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mohini (Enchantment)
2. Oasis
3. Distant Green Valley
4. Akhalqalaqi Dance
5. Echoes Of A Lost City
6. Mountains Are Far Away
7. Yanzi (Swallow Song)
8. Battle Remembered
9. Summer In The High Grassland
10. Kor Arab (The Blind Arab)
11. Shikasta (Minstrel's Song)
12. Night At The Caravanserai
13. Gallop Of A Thousand Horses
14. Tarang (Currents)
15. Sacred Cloud Music

Editorial Reviews

It is a perilous proposition when genres clash--and no such collaboration is more potentially fraught than when improvisation-trained folk musicians sit in with Western classical instrumentalists, who are taught to interpret a printed score. The renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma has devoted much of his professional life to such intercultural experiments. But the traditions of nations situated along the ancient Silk Road, which began in the Far East, meandered through Asia and terminated in Europe, are especially dear to him. These lushly arranged pieces range from moody scenic vistas to percussive Turkish hip-shakers and they make very pleasant listening. If they owe more to the European canon than the ethnic sources that inspired them, they are also the result of respectful give-and-take between a team of acknowledged masters. And nobody is more of a team player than Maestro Ma, an impassioned, fearless musical seeker and a gracious, deferential colleague. --Christina Roden

Interview with Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma speaks about his latest adventures involved in this new installment of the ongoing Silk Road Project--an epoch-making collaboration among musical colleagues. Read our special interview to learn more about Ma's musical philosophy.

Product Description

The next chapter in the incredible Silk Road Journeys series. Features the songs Oasis', 'Distant Green Valley' & Scared Cloud Music'. Sony Classics. 2005.

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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Taking the Journey April 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Beyond the Horizon is a fitting companion to the ensemble's 2002 release, When Strangers Meet. Both CDs marry multi-cultural music traditions to classical performance discipline. The music heard on Beyond the Horizon provided the soundtrack for a Japanese television series about the ancient Silk Road trade route from the Far East across the far expanse of Central Asia to Mediterranean Europe. Ma and his diverse ensemble developed the CD's repertoire by working closely with composers of such cultures as China, Iran, Azerbaijan and India among others.

Yo-Yo Ma has said that the music on this album crosses boundaries of time and space, revealing the unity among seemingly different traditions... that it evokes the memory of the nomadic peoples who traveled and lived along the Silk Road.

Split into three sections entitled Enchantment, Origins, and New Beginnings, the CD's music blends haunting melodies with disciplined arrangements. Traditional western instruments like the harp, violin and cello commingle with the exotic sounds of the sarangi, sheng, kamancheh, tabla, pipa, dudak, tar and many others. The uninitiated have nothing to fear from such an imposing assortment of instruments, as each is described and pictured with its player in the liner notes.

It comes as no surprise to learn that this music was used as a soundtrack. Like the legendary 1992 recording Pieces of Africa by the renowned Kronos Quartet, Beyond the Horizon is highly evocative of the landscapes and cultures of Asia. The emotional undercurrent that shades this music calls to mind the dramas that Silk Road caravans must have encountered during the early days of global travel.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!! November 27, 2005
By Rizgar
Format:Audio CD
This is definitely the best album the Silk Road Ensemble has yet produced! It's consists of a variety of moving and beautiful themes with great orchestration. The pieces are so varied and beautifully arranged for the instruments. The orchestration is clearly Western influenced in a way or another.

Although I wish that It would contain some Kurdish and Arabic music, the Silk Road Project is a very nice idea that could be one of the means of achieving mutual understanding and respect between the different peoples in that region as well as broadening the horizons of the Western listeners. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this CD after hearing it in a Borders store only knowing who Yo Yo Ma was. There's not much I can add to the basic description of the musical venture in either review save to say the music is beautiful and stirring. This is a piece to put on when you need to write, meditate, or revive your soul. I'd like to thank Maestro Ma for putting this adventurous and beautiful collection together for us.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the first Silk Road CD November 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Yo-Yo Ma went beyond indeed. The first CD with Silk Road ensemble (When Strangers Meet) was inconsistent and somewhat experimental. This one however, is superb. As if in the 5 years the musicians got to know each other (but in truth, only a few musicians are the same). 23 traditional Eastern instruments are listed plus a number of western strings and other percussion was used. So the music on this CD gets my full attention, and as the title of first track suggests, you (can) get enchanted.

The tracks are ordered into three parts: Enchantments (1-5), Origins (6-9) and New Beginnings. First track is strangely familiar (like it was used in some film, but there is no mention of this). In third track this theme gets Chinese interpretation. The style from one track to the other changes, so you can't get bored or overexcited. Second is simply very nice, the fourth great intro of Armenian wind instrument duduk (played by famous Gevorg Dabaghyan), accompanied by percussion mostly, albeit the piece is short. 5 is gentle with cello and xun (Chinese ocarina), 6 orchestral from slow to cool, 7 again gentle with cello and vocal, 8 starts with yearning duduk and turns into orchestral battle, 9 cello and percussion. Track 10 is the only one with prominent vocal (love song) and introduces us to the last part of CD, which are more like jam sessions of all instruments. 11 and 13 are very lively. The last one, track 15, brings us a new interpretation of very ancient Chinese melody played on pipa.

Some would probably say this CD is commercialized. Personally I don't see any wrongdoings in this as long the music stays a high quality one. For the more authentic Silk Road one can always buy The Silk Road: A Musical Caravan.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Seeds of Much of our Contemporary Music October 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Yo-Yo Ma's obsession with the various types of music from the countries though which the ancient Silk Road stretches connecting the Far East to Europe has produced some truly beautiful works on this fine album. Ma has researched and traveled this Silk Road and his sensitive ear has incorporated the, to us, bizarre rhythms and sounds of strange places into works that include his cello obbligato, showing how some of these bits and pieces of Eastern music have insidiously and occultly informed the composers of Western music.

Opening with a thrilling chant, the music (fifteen works) incorporates influences form China, India, Turkey, Armenia, and Iran. While some may be hesitant at his superimposing the very Western cello sound on these otherwise authentic tribal lines, careful listening proves that Ma is more interested in paying homage to music unknown to most of the world and demonstrating how this strange music has found its way into the works of Britten, Bartok, Golijov, Gorecki and many other composers. It is a revelation.

The CD should be part of every music library that strives to find the threads that connect the peoples of this globe. It is a fine recital for meditation, for inspiration, and for just fine listening. Grady Harp, October 05
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3.0 out of 5 stars Throwback
Published 11 days ago by D. Wright
2.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected
I was looking for something more soothing, and this wasn't it. More listening time on the order choice would help
Published 18 months ago by D. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful
Yo-Yo Ma's silk road journey performance is definitely beautiful. It contains various asian elements such as mysterious. Read more
Published on October 18, 2011 by Jack Lu
5.0 out of 5 stars Jouyful Sounds
I wasn't sure what to expect from this album considering Yo-Yo Ma isn't heavily featured through all the tracks. What I found was an album very unexpected and unique. Read more
Published on September 23, 2011 by S. Ford
4.0 out of 5 stars Silk Road Journeys, Beyond the Horizon
Candidly, some of thse tracks are an acquired taste. One track in particular, however, "Distant Green Valley" is magnificent: equal parts meloncholy, serene, calm and beautiful. Read more
Published on February 6, 2010 by D. Kaiser
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD
This is a very innovative CD - better than its predecessor. The Silk Road Ensemble is excellent and the music is very inventive.
Published on November 8, 2009 by Peter Kenyon
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as vibrant as I hoped
After seeing YOYO MA and the Silk Road ensemble perform on Live from Lincoln Center, I was looking forward to hearing more. Read more
Published on July 13, 2009 by Michelle B. Porter
3.0 out of 5 stars Primitive Souls
First heard about this on NPR. Enjoyed most of the CD. Some of the sounds are a bit primitive for my liking, but relaxing.
Published on March 30, 2009 by J. M. Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars What Can I say???
This CD is anyone who longs to travel to far away, exotic places but cannot afford to get there in "real time". Read more
Published on May 23, 2008 by Beverly Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely original feel...
As a classical album, it is different and quite original. It literally takes you to another place. Maybe because of my origins, I find the album close to me. Read more
Published on October 22, 2007 by Akazgea
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