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Passages

15 Sep 1990 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 27 Aug 1990
  • Release Date: 27 Aug 1990
  • Label: Private Music
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  • Total Length: 55:26
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  • ASIN: B006MY42UC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,089 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By michael_m on 18 Jun 2004
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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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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Junglies on 8 Feb 2003
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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 By Mr. David Solomons on 12 Feb 2003
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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 on 4 May 2007
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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 By A Customer on 31 Aug 2000
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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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