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Audio, Cassette, Original recording remastered, November 2, 1999
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
I probably had very high expectations, being a fan of both artists. It is very "experimental" and kind of a neither fish nor fowl situation. Read morePublished 7 months ago by bradysadd
Somewhat less thrilling than prior CDs. Still great music and great performances of that music.Published 8 months ago by Robert M. Keenan, Jr.
Just that simple. Very worthwhile having in one's collection. The interpaly between the two artists is very subtle and not overpowering.Published 18 months ago by James G. Phinizy
After seeing Daniel Hope in concert -East meets West- I got both West meets East, and East meets West. Highly recommended.Published 18 months ago by Pat
When I was sixteen I heard this recording in the living room of friends house sitting next to a cold fireplace. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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 on February 17, 2013 by lesmoore2204
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 morePublished on February 11, 2013 by A. Weirdly Mungster
I'd purchased the original LP version back in the late 60s and have been enthralled by it ever since. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Pete
Don't know how I ever missed having this in my library.
Such a delight!
Glad to have finally acquired this gem.