on 21 September 2016
So brought this CD because I saw a documentary on the BBC about the life of Menuhin & it put me in the mood to for the album, I don’t actually own any more of their albums (apart from Shankar’s performance on George Harrison’s “Concert for Bangladesh).
This CD is actually a compilation of “West meets East Vol 1,2,3” & what is instantly noticeably is how similar the Violin & Sitar sound, perhaps Shankar & Menuhin purposely tuned their instruments to sound the same,
According to the BBC documentary Menuhin used to practice being spontaneous on his violin the night before the recordings, but they're still enjoyable jams (although Menuhin doesn't play on “Dhun” or “Raga Ananda Bhairava”), with different moods & speeds within the songs creating a interesting dynamic within each piece & the inclusion of the violin make the music more accessible for the western ear.
Doing a little bit of research before writing this review, the over all consensus seems to be that these album weren’t either artist’s best work, but still something a little different to listen to (my usual poison is classic rock).