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West Meets East

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  • Audio CD (24 May 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bgo
  • ASIN: B00000JHC9
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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When this record was first released in 1966 it set new standards of cross-cultural playing. The violinist Yehudi Menuhin had first met the sitarist Ravi Shankar in 1952. It was at that meeting in New Delhi that Menuhin first heard Shankar play and Menuhin's life was transformed by an abiding love of a music seated in melody and rhythm. Menuhin and Shankar developed what would become a life-long friendship. In 1966 they played together at the Bath Festival in England. Shankar wrote "Prabhti" for his friend, a set of scripted improvisations for Menuhin's violin. It opens the album. Based on the morning raga "Gunkali" and conceived as a vehicle for violin and Alla Rakha's tabla, it sweeps in majestically. Menuhin's playing speaks with some Indian inflexion but the violin's voice is his. Shankar next plays "Puriya Kalyan" as a solo sitar piece. Menuhin and his sister Hephzibah conclude the album with Enesco's "Sonata No. 3 in A Minor" for violin and piano. The best though is the violin and sitar duet called "Swara-Klkali". This is the heart of West Meets East and it was because of the eloquence that this album earned them a Grammy in the chamber music category. --Ken Hunt

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I grew up listening to this music on Vinyl. Discovering it on CD, remastered and all was a great thrill so much so I got my father his (portable) copy too.
Mesmerizing music! If you seek a major Yehudi Menuhin touch, you might be a tad disappointed. Ravi Shankar seems to have had an upper hand (in my view). Being Indian, I recognise the touches of Indian classical music here. Swara Kakali is my favourite, with a melodious lilt to it. Early mornings may never be the same again if you play Prabhati ('Prabhat' means day break or early morning)..
Highly recommended.
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I took a vinyl LP of the same name out of the record library when in my teens, 40 years ago. Having really enjoyed it I decided to buy the CD. However from memory the tracks are not the same and the appeal just wasn't there.
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There are better Shankar's out there and even the real thing. However I grew up with this one. Well the vinyl version. Something seems different about the CD. I can not quite put my finger on it. It may just be that twenty yeas past.

However I still play this while writing reviews; it helps me to focus. It is like my security blanket or the old Ford pickup. It is there.

There are seven pieces each has its own personality and they do not blend that well. On the other hand it is not monotonous. The two musical structures intertwine and you are part. We hear the structure of western musical disciplines applied to Indian instruments. Shankar and Menuhin were very popular in their time; yet this very recording spans time and we can still get wrapped up and carried away today.

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