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  • Audio CD (1 Mar 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B00004786A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,614 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lady Fancifull TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 May 2011
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Once again Ghazal prove they have much more to say to each other in the conversations which particularly the kamancheh and sitar, but also tabla and occasional vocals, are enjoying

In Fire In My Heart the sitar and kamancheh weave around and through each other, somehow conveying an ineffable longing, romantic and spacious, melancholy and sorrowful. It's curiously mortal music, seeming to exist in a place which is always aware of the passing of time, that everything fades and dies, whilst it savours the moment most deeply. The vocals fall into the places gently, floating and weaving through the instruments. What strikes me so much with Ghazal is a sense of the musicians deeply listening to each other, and deeply listening to the music which is arising, whether this is reflective, or catching the moment when the mood changes, as in the second half of the first track, and becomes shimmery, brilliant and dynamic, inviting the tabla to drive this with excitement. This is a wonderful piece to dance to, as in Gabrielle Roth, Five Rhythms, allowing the music to move through the body of the listener, from flowing through staccato, chaos, lyrical and a return to stillness

The second track, Pari Mahal almost has a circle dance feel to it, with its flamboyance, trotting rhythms, dips and glides. The music and musicians show off their skills - the piece almost seems to touch close to a more Western `jamming session', even including a small central section which sounds incredibly Celtic! Hoots Och Aye!

The final long track Besh'no az Nay seems a little more prosaic than the high wildness of the first track, a retelling of tall tales, favourite old jokes and happy moments by a group of friends at ease in each others' company, the vocals creamy and seductive. A track to be listened to whilst savouring fine sweetmeats and small glasses of tea!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Erika Borsos on 25 July 2004
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The first track basically sets the tone of the whole CD,fast improvisations between sitar and kamancheh, with the tabla rhythmically following their pace ... like a conversation between two long lost friends/lovers who meet after 20 - 25 years have passed: there are emotional highs, lows, and everything in between. It is exactly like two passionate, emotional people talking. I give the artists credit for stretching into new venues ... just because the listener can't always follow, doesn't mean it isn't good: just try interrupting two people who have an emotional bond and lots of history together, you can't get a word in edgewise & if you try, they'd shut you up because you're just not tuned in, not on their plane.
Ghazal demonstrates integrity in redefining improvisation by melding two cultures: Indian and Persia. This is a very fine CD. However, I dropped it one star *only* because I expected one solid meditative, mysterious melody that I could call blissful. There is nothing wrong with passion, energy, and fire but I *would* appreciate *SOME* relaxation, meditation, and peace, too... produce some of this & I'll buy the next CD also. Erika Borsos (bakonyvilla)
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Building on previous recordings.... 28 Mar 2000
By "jovaldo" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ghazal's third album "Moon Rise Over the Silk Road" is an extremely strong recording that has some extremely bright spots and memorable moments.
Swapan Chaudhuri's explosive entrance into "Fire In My Heart" is unforgettable and shows why he is one of the world's most sought-after tabla players. Sitarist Shujaat Khan and kemencheh player Kayhan Kalhor continue to tighten up their "great experiment" (by that I mean the fusing of two distinct musical traditions.) They pull it off 99% of the time and have created an emotional, passionate, and beautiful album. At times it seems a little rushed or forced perhaps, but this album is superior to virtually every fusion record on the market. I still prefer Ghazal's "As Night Falls on the Silk Road" album, it is tight and never meanders.
That's not to say that this isn't a fine recording though and worthwhile of your hard-earned cash. The short instrumental "Pari Mahal" sees the group expanding its parameters a little bit by bringing in some auxillary percussion and its quite a nice addition.
Also the group brings in additional help on "Besh'no az Nay." Chaudhuri is replaced by the young tabla titan Sandeep Das who's playing can be likened to a machine-gun in concert! Also present on this track is Kayhor's longtime accompanist Pejman Hadadi, who is an incredible tombak player. I know I've spent a lot of time talking about the accompanists, but its because they play a major role on this recording. Kalhor's kemencheh is just as beautiful (and capable of evoking tears of both joy and sadness) as it ever was, and Khan's lilting sitar is still capable of lulling the listener into a better mood.
The music is accessible, but not trite (a good combination.) Like the Amazon.com reviewer, I also highly recommend Kalhor's solo album "Scattering Stars Like Dust," and many of Shujaat Khan's solo albums are worth looking into as well (especially the one with 6 tracks that's self-titled and released on India Archive Music.)
Overall this is a highly enjoyable record, and if you enjoyed their first two this one will provide more great hours of listening. While I don't think its quite as strong as the previous release, Khan & Kalhor must be praised for not sitting on their laurels, but by expanding their already potent and full sound.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Not as good as the first two and repetitious 9 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I found the third CD of Ghazal to be repetitious, as though they had said everything they had to say in the first two albums. Undoubtedly the musicianship is excellent but in terms of compositions and creativity, it was much less exciting and very "deja vu". Too bad! I had expected such wonderful musicians to expand beyond and not to just adhere to a formula that had worked before.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Passion, Energy, Fire 30 July 2002
By Erika Borsos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The first track basically sets the tone of the whole CD:
fast improvisations between sitar and kamancheh, with the tabla rhythmically following their pace ... like a conversation between two long lost friends/lovers who meet after 20 - 25 years have passed: there are emotional highs, lows, and everything in between. It is exactly like two passionate, emotional people talking. I give the artists credit for stretching into new venues ... just because the listener can't always follow, doesn't mean it isn't good: just try interrupting two people who have an emotional bond and lots of history together, you can't get a word in edgewise & if you try, they'd shut you up because you're just not tuned in, not on their plane.

Ghazal demonstrates integrity in redefining improvisation by melding two cultures: Indian and Persia. This is a very fine CD. However, like the previous reviewers: I dropped one star *only* because I expected one solid meditative, mysterious melody that I could call blissful. There is nothing wrong with passion, fire and energy but I *would* appreciate *MORE* relaxation, meditation, and peace ... produce this & I'll buy the next one, too. Erika Borsos (erikab93)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful music... 26 July 2005
By IkneadU - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
with a beautiful soul. I do massage and have had so many people comment on how wonderful this music is to relax with.
Excellent in all aspects 8 Sep 2009
By M. Beer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The cd contains only three tracks. The musicians are excellent and seem to be having a ball exchanging licks. The Indian and Persian traditions are gracefully integrated. I always suggest listening to a few minutes on some website. I am happy with the original cd and with the version that came to my door. The cover fell off, but what the heck. This is fusion at its best.
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