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Pancha Nadai Pallavi Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B000025Z7W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,080 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This, to my mind, is the best of the solo albums by the extraordinary Shakti violinist, L.Shankar. On this disc he plays long traditional raga forms rather than attempting to pull off cute, Western style pop tunes, as he does on his other releases. I've had this disc for many years now and it is a habit of mine to put it on, really loud on hot summer evenings, and have it drifting magically out into the garden. Of all his albums, even those recorded with Shakti, this is the one where you come to appreciate what a truly astonishing violinist he is, in my humble opinion, probably on a par with any Western violinist one might name. Yet this album is not just about virtuosity. Like all good raga it builds very slowly from rich, soulful beginnings, moving very gradually from serenity to dizzying ecstasy, and back again. Zakhir Hussain is blinding as ever on tablas. If you have a taste for east-west fusion then this is a must-have.

Shankar had a desire for popular success that didn't sit comfortably with the Shakti ethos, and this, it would seem, was a principle reason for the demise of one of the most astonishing musical partnerships in recent decades. This quest for popularity is probably a manifestation of the Indian mindset which doesn't have the historical hang-ups about artistic integrity which have become endemic to the Western jazz mentality. It is also probably why this is the only one of his solo albums to present Shankar in his native raga format. The disc has just two pieces of long duration, and of slow development from introspective to ecstatic. His other solo albums, are, to my mind, of varying quality, and they are all concerned with relatively brief, simplistic song forms, usually bright and chirpy, sometimes quirky.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pseudonymous on 31 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I first took notice of Shankar through his work on Peter Gabriels fantastic soundtrack album Passion, and its attendent Passion Sources, and for a time in the early 90s I became very keen on hearing more from this man, in the process collecting the spellbinding Dreams on Plus From Us, the Mantra single by Material, Across The River, and four of Shankar's solo albums. This was my first taste of Shankar's ECM work, the proprietor of a small record shop in Scarborough waxed lyrical about this album, and won me over to purchasing it when I really should have been saving my money for food or bills, but glad am I that he did.

Of the solo albums, this one shines the brightest for me, and remains a treasure in my cd collection all these years on. Like the other reviewer here I was less taken with the other ECM albums, quickly selling one on, and only hanging on to MRCS because I was doggedly determined to like it, and I succeeded in genuinely coming to appreciate two or three pieces on the album.

I lent Pancha Nadai Pallavi to a good friend back then, an older and wiser music-lover, and he likened its impact upon himself to that of the works of Bach, which he naturally held in very high regard.

It is a monumental work, comprised of two long-form compositions, performed by Shankar on double-violin with occasional vocals, accompanied by tabla, ghatam, talam and sruthi. The first piece is the mellower, building slowly, whilst the second is the more intense, picking up a pace with bursts of rattling percussion and scribbled but intricate patterns layed out by the double-violin, and later still some great percussive vocalisations building to the finish.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
FULL-RANGING, SOARING VIRTUOSITY 13 Jun. 2001
By Larry L. Looney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
L. Shankar shows himself on this recording to be a master of both composition and his instrument -- a custom-made, double necked, 10-string violin capable of covering the range from violin to cello. Accompannied by Indian percussion masters Zakir Hussain on tabla and Vikku Vinayakram on ghatam, he takes the listener on an amazing, nearly 1-hour journey into the heart and soul of Indian classcal music. In his hands, the violin sings with the voice of divine inspiration, articulating more than a melody as it nudges and pulls our minds along on its journey. The effect of his vocalizing along with his instrument is absolutely transporting.
Shankar's work with John McLaughlin's ensemble Shakti is legendary -- the interplay in that group between his violin and McLaughlin's unbelievable guitar outpourings was enough to take the listener's breath away. On this, as on his other recordings as a leader, his light shines brighter than ever. ECM's production and recording quality is at its usual high level here, letting nothing stand between this incredible music and the ears of the listener.
Indian culture has a tradition of deep spirituality that goes back for thousands of years -- and their music has always played an integral role in their spiritual quest. There is a yearning in this music that comes from deep within the soul of the musician, reaching toward god, and, thankfully, touching us along the way.
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The Best of Both Worlds - His and This 13 Nov. 1999
By Seshadri Veeraraghavan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The ability to infuse our world with his, and the extremely evocative rendering of simple rhythms transformed into something sublime and sumptuous, is Shankar. I must have listened to this record a hundred times, and each time I have discovered Shankar fooling me into thinking that it's the first. Please do not miss his brother's (L Subramaniam) absolute charmer Raga VasantaPriya (Three Ragas for Solo Violin): like a pitcher of coconut water in the middle of Sahara.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
An incredible journey into your own soul 6 Sept. 1998
By conners@mediaone.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This recording has the power to transform your life, perception, and experience of music. The delicately intowoven rythyms sooth and tug on the soul. It's as if Shankar can choose to play your heartstrings instead of the violin's. Shankar has total mastery over his chosen instrument. Ultimately, all I can say is that you must experience it for yourself. Truly a moving, intense saga of experience.
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Glorious music from Shankar. 23 Dec. 1999
By Hari - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have to fish for words to describe about this album of Shankar. A Ragam-Thanam-Pallavi in Shankarabharanam, played with reverence makes one to feel the presence of this moment well. Shankar has the unlimited capacity to make this album let me "ponder" whenever I hear it. Ably supported by masteros Zakir and Vikku in percussion, Shankar's double violin does the duet with his voice in Raga alpana (improvisation of raga by the singer), making me to inconclusively wonder which is better. Highest marks from me to Shankar for this album.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Sounds great to me 19 Nov. 2000
By Tahir J. Naim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Years ago I bought the audiocassette and would play it in the morning for the casual carpoolers that I'd pick up at BART in Berkeley. It's great music to listen to when you need to concentrate, focus and think. Now I have the CD!
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