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Passages [Import]

Philip Glass, Ravi Shankar Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Jun 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Private
  • ASIN: B0000000K4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Offering
2. Sadhanipa
3. Channels And Winds
4. Ragas In Minor Scale
5. Meetings Along The Edge
6. Prashanti

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars East meets West 18 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had some ideas of what this would sound like before I heard it, but when I heard it I realised I was completely wrong! I thought that it would be typical Philip Glass with some sitar and Indian scales and sounds. It is nothing of the sort.
Each track is not so much a collaboration as a joining of distinct parts. You can hear which parts are Glass and which parts are Shankar, but the glue that holds them together is the compositional genius of the two men. It does not just encompass India either, as there are Middle-Eastern motifs and scales used here, and some very Western orchestral parts.
It is very light on the sitar, and Ravi Shankar probably has more input vocally than with his sitar playing. This is orchestral music without using a conventional orchestra from the West. It is Indian music without being limited to the traditional Indian instruments and arrangements. It is World Music at its best!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Journey to the East...and back! 8 Feb 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album at first glance brings together two of the most unlikely composers one could think of in a collaboration that crosses huge cultural differences but works exceptionally well.
Ravi Shankar, whose music has been known in the West for many years , is known for his work with Yehudi Menuhin and George Harrison among others. His musical reputation goes far beyond his exemplary sitar playing in the traditional ragas and covers much classical Indian music also.
Philip Glass, mostly known for his repetitive structures as a member of the minimalist school and for his powerful soundtracks, has gained a wider audience with classical and popular music afficionados outside of the USA.
This album works in many different ways. Despite their differing backgrounds each musician has produced memorable soundscapes which reach deeply into the history of each of the collaborators and their musical heritage and which emerge to enchant and delight the listener. It is often difficult to distinguish the individual contributions from each other in particular pieces which underscores their deep understanding and appreciation of each others work. The pieces are extremely moving and cover a whole gamut of emotions. Each composition has it's own particular feature which causes me to come back to this album again and again.
In some ways this album is greater than either of it's component parts and will be a lasting testament to the work of these two great composers.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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It took several years after first hearing a tape of this music before I managed to acquire a copy for myself (someone brought me the cassette back from India!!)It is simply excellent music, both easy and challenging at the same time. All the Glass compositions I have heard since (this was my introduction to his music) seem somewhat lame in comparison. Maybe this is due to Mr. Shankar's influence...who knows, I am not a fan of either gentlemen apart from this work. If you're, like me, a westener with a penchant for those sensuous arabic scales this is definately for you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Martin Smith VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Philip Glass is known for his monolithic minimalism, which I for one feel has been rather stale for some time. He apparently already studied with Shankar at the end of the sixties, when Shankar was at the height of international fame, what with the Beatles and everything.

It was a great idea to reunite the two as Shankar's influence adds a new lease of life to Glass's repetitions. The sleeve notes explain that for each piece one of the two composers came up with the themes which the other develops and arranges. The listener can have a lot of fun working out were certain fragments have come from. It's actually much harder than you'd think.

"Raga's in a Minor Scale" floats sitar and flute over gentle tablas. It doesn't seem to repeat itself very much, and the main melodic line is a typical Indian theme - it sounds as if it was based on a vocalised song. Strings bolster the whole thing, and from time to time the whole orchestra hangs on quickly descending arpeggios which you know come from Glass but still sound unique and unusual.

"Prashanti" sets a repeating zither theme against beautiful flutes and as above, rich modal themes from the strings are allowed to interject.

"Offering" begins with a typical Glass motif played on low strings and then the mournful main theme is played on . . . saxophone! The theme slowly progresses before trademark sawing Glass orchestrations work against the Shankar string melody. This is the track that will remind most listeners of Glass - fluttering flute arps, hovering strings, grating cellos, gentle piano melodies, it's all there.

"Sadhanipa" is my favourite, rich and peaceful and the hardest to unravel - to work out which composer has written which bit - and is all the more marvellous for it.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A musical colaboration that realy works! 31 Aug 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Too often the promise of a blend of two distinct musical styles results in a dissapointment. 'Passages' is exactly the opposite. From the first lilting bars the listner is presented with evocative textures that flow between East and West. The whole experience engages the listner so completley that by the end of the CD there is only one thing the listner wants to do - Press Replay!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collaboration
I love this album, it's a fascinating collaboration by two great artists. It's listening to something very special and Ravi Shankar at is at his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great meeting between Classical minimalim & Hindi sound
A very good collaboration between classical minimalism of Philip Glass and Hindi sounds of Ravi Shankar. Both of these artists have long taken intellectual approaches to music. Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2011 by cybi-cybi
4.0 out of 5 stars East meets West
A fine example of collaboration at its best. Indian classical and western classical. Who said ' .... and never the twain shall meet' He is wrong. Listen and enjoy.
Published on 6 Sep 2010 by Chandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant service, product in perfect condition
Thanks for a great service - the product arrived in great condition and was prompt. I will definitely use this distributor again!
Published on 14 Sep 2009 by Mr. R. G. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelente combinación
Disco recomendado, tanto si eres entusiasta del minimalismo como si eres forofo del Sítar. La combinación es 200% recomendable: lo mejor del minimalismo y lo mejor de... Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2009 by Juan Dapena Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars In reference to Aural?
I loved this Album when it came out!
So glad to have another copy of it as the music is truly inspiring and always transporting! Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2009 by R. J. HEWITT
5.0 out of 5 stars Expect the unexpected!
Unlike most of the other reviewers, I was not familiar with the music of Shankar or Glass before deciding to buy this album on the strength of the most cursory hearing of some of... Read more
Published on 23 May 2008 by G. Wylie
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