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West Meets East: The Historic Shankar Menuhin Collection [Original recording remastered]

R. Shankar , Y. Menuhin Audio CD
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listen  1. Prabhati (based on Raga Gunkali) (1999 Digital Remaster)Yehudi Menuhin 4:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Swara-Kakali (based on Raga Tilang) (1999 Digital Remaster)Yehudi Menuhin/Ravi Shankar 8:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Raga Piloo (1999 Digital Remaster)Yehudi Menuhin/Ravi Shankar14:44$2.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Dhun (1999 Digital Remaster)Ravi Shankar/Alla Rakha/Kamala Chakravarti 6:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Raga Ananda Bhairava (1999 Digital Remaster)Ravi Shankar/Alla Rakha/Nodu Mullick15:40$2.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Tenderness (1999 Digital Remaster)Yehudi Menuhin/Ravi Shankar/Alla Rakha/Nodu Mullick/Amiya DasGupta 8:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Twilight Mood (1999 Digital Remaster)Yehudi Menuhin/Ravi Shankar/Alla Rakha/Nodu Mullick/Amiya DasGupta10:35$1.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 2, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Angel Records
  • ASIN: B00002CF0J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,278 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Includes Prabhati; Dhun; Twlight Mood; Raga Piloo , and more.

Without renowned violinist Yehudi Menuhin, the West may not have found Indian classical music until decades later, much beyond the late 1960s. Thanks to Menuhin's chance meeting and later lasting friendship with the master sitarist Ravi Shankar, the West witnessed the sublimity that the merging of Western and Indian classical music could produce. The two collaborated in key performances during the late 1960s and mid-1970s, the highlights of which are captured here on West Meets East. In an incredible, interwoven dance between violin and sitar, Shankar and Menuhin spin a new yarn from the wool of ancient and rare Indian ragas, capturing the ecstasy of Hindustani praise while spontaneously bringing forth their own voices in the music. Menuhin's violin sings in beautiful sadness alongside Shankar's twanging sitar amid the droning of tanpura and occasional tabla rhythms. It's as if the two greats are playing a game of tag, taking the other's notes and stretching them into their own inspired shapes while creating a timeless music where love and respect swirl up like blessed smoke. --Karen H. Hugg

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I completely disagree-- This CD is amazing November 29, 1999
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love this album. My dad made me a tape of this from his vinyl when I was 12 years old, and it completely expanded my musical horizons. I'm 27 now and I still listen to it at least once a month. The interplay between Yehudi & Ravi is breathtaking, the improvisation is top notch, and the technique is astounding. I'm so excited this has been reissued on CD because my dog ate the tape last week, even dogs like this album!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Discovering a New Planet in the Musical Solar System December 15, 2004
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I heard this music as a teenager, when it first appeared in the 60s, and it was my entry into Indian and other Far Eastern musics. Only recently, I bought it again in CD format, and began to reminisce. Now it sounds very different to me. Forty years ago, it was the sound of the sitar that captured my mind and heart. I had grown up listening to and playing (on the cello) classical music, and then heard Duke Ellington and Charlie Mingus and turned to jazz. Indian music was a mind-blower! Now I hear Yehudi Menuhin in a different light: the tremendous emotional depth and courage, the bittersweet Jewish pathos and mysticism, the intense psychic electricity that he brings to the duet. And I hear (or at least I imagine hearing) Pandit Ravi Shankar responding with equally intense interest in what Menuhin is saying, with equal musical respect. The result should NOT be judged in terms of Western classical music or Indian classical music (as the late master sitarist Nikhil Banerjee mistakenly did). It is something new -- a meeting of worlds, a meeting of minds, and as such it transcends the traditions these two consummate masters represent.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece by two masters February 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
To anyone who might be moved by the negative review posted on this site, two words: ignore it. This album, which was thrilling when first released in the late '60's, is still full of surprises and delights. If it consisted of nothing more than the lengthy piece that ended the first side of the vinyl release, it would be a must for any discerning listener's collection. The passion and imagination brought to this collaboration by two geniuses of their respective instruments and musical genres combines in a tour de force of invention and humor. Anyone fortunate enough to have seen them perform live or on televison at the United Nations anniversay concert (the second album in this series contains that music) will want to share the joy Menhuin and Shankar brought listeners and themselves.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A meeting of musical geniuses. November 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Menuhin is the master of the violin arguably the greatest violinist of the 20th century (from what I understand). Since I don't really care for western classical music I wouldn't have been exposed to his virtuosity if it weren't for this collaboration. Menuhin he plays music which is rooted in the Indian classical tradition (except portions of a couple of tracks which have a western sound to it) without sounding uncomfortable or making the music awkward. He violin has a decidedly western sound yet it blends in seamlessly into the Indian classical music.

Aside: The violin has been adopted almost "as is" into South Indian Karnatak music (as opposed to the Hindustani system which Shankar is from). Apart from some(?) structural changes which have been incorporated into it, what makes the Indian (read: Karnatak) violin sound so different is the radical tuning and specially devised fingering techniques to enable the musicians render Karnatak music with its emphasis on gamaks, meends and the ability to play microtones.

Menuhin gets the lion share of airtime while Shankar (the composer) is the perfect host letting Menuhin explore Hindustani Music. Menhuhin lets his virtuosity shine through especially on the standout track Swara Kakali. Having said that Menuhin's playing is soulful without sacrificing emotion for virtuosity. Ravi Shankar on his part adds deft touches to the overall music by stepping in with perfect timing, elevating the music to greater heights. Note, this CD is highly improvised so it speaks volumes for both musicians sense of melody and timing.

Ravi Shankar isn't the greatest sitarist of the past century although is one its most famous proponents and poster boy of Indian music in the West.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good historic landmark July 7, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Judge this fine recording on its own merits. It is a very nice colaboration meant to introduce Americans to the treasure of Indian music and what can be done when West and East come together. If you only want to experience the genius of classic Menuhin or classic Shankar, listen to them in their own respective genres.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real original; a culture icon February 1, 2002
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Bought the original West Meets East on Angel 30+ years ago; with grooves worn to inaudible, bought CD. Recordings are real originals: Shankar was already a star in India & Menuhin was one of the premier American classical violinists when they collaborated. A better 60s culture icon than Jefferson Airplane or even Sgt. Pepper.
Sorry, not all the tunes are alike, although I'll admit this music is an acquired taste. But after 30+ years, the coda to "Swara-Kakali" still sends chills up my spine as Menuhin's fingers & bow leave the planet, maybe for some small space beyond perfection. You gotta hear it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Music December 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This album exceded my expectations. The level of complexity of the music contained in this cd is very high. It is very soothing to the mind and soul. One has to listen to this outstanding music at least once in one's life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Just that simple. Very worthwhile having in one's collection. The interpaly between the two artists is very subtle and not overpowering.
Published 7 months ago by James G. Phinizy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
After seeing Daniel Hope in concert -East meets West- I got both West meets East, and East meets West. Highly recommended.
Published 8 months ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable...literally
When I was sixteen I heard this recording in the living room of friends house sitting next to a cold fireplace. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanted this a long time
Could not recall the title, and was reminded of it - as I saw them play together on educational TV. I was very pleased with the condition.
Published 20 months ago by lesmoore2204
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen with a relaxed and open mind
Not being a music major, I only know as much about Indian classical music as I can glean from liner notes. My understanding is this--there's a lot going on! Read more
Published 20 months ago by A. Weirdly Mungster
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful tribute to two incredible musicians!
I'd purchased the original LP version back in the late 60s and have been enthralled by it ever since. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars THRILL!
Don't know how I ever missed having this in my library.
Such a delight!
Glad to have finally acquired this gem.
Published 20 months ago by gene plank
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
This is one of two albums that Ravi Shankar recorded with Yehuda Menuhin- the other is East Meets West. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Judith Goldstein
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
moving music . listen to it when i want to relax and listen to it when i want energy to do things.
Published 21 months ago by sandra mcgrath
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I liked the back and forth between the artists, and grew tired of it long before it was finished. Kept feeling too jumpy.
Published 22 months ago by PAG
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