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New Impossibilities / Harth-Bedoya, Ma, Silk Road Ensemble


Release Date: 01/14/2014 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 56286  
Composer:  Rabih Abou-KhalilOsvaldo GolijovHuang Hai-huaiZhou Long,   ... 
Performer:  Kojiro UmezakiYo-Yo MaDaXun ZhangYang Wei,   ... 
Conductor:  Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road EnsembleQi LinChicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the third disc of concerts recorded live from the year-long Silk Road Festival that took place in Chicago in 2007. Following on the heels of When Strangers Meet and Beyond the Horizons, this disc records some of the highlights of concerts that took place in April of that year. The celebrations were instigated and master-minded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and involved more than seventy organisations and groups in two hundred and fifty odd performances and events - including lectures, workshops and educational activities. The idea was to explore the Silk Road musical traditions in one great fusion of East and West. The whole project was a phenomenal success, leading to greater understanding between musicians of many different cultures, and Read more increased learning and skills on all sides.

The disc includes some exciting music, and is well worth a listen. It opens with an Arabian Waltz by Lebanese composer Rabih Abou-Khalil - a spirited work with tremendous rhythmic drive and verve. This is followed by Argentinean-American composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Night of the Flying Horses. This is a splendid work, with an air of mystery that lends an exotic and intriguing sense until, just before its conclusion, the work goes into manic hyperactivity - wonderfully wild and exhilarating. Galloping Horses ensues, based on the eponymous traditional Chinese melody - said horses are graphically portrayed in the music, composed by Yang Wei on the pipa (a type of Chinese lute) and DaXun Zhang, bass, who met through the Project. The Song of the Eight Unruly Tipsy Poets by Chinese-born Zhou Long is suitably chaotic music, and is followed by Indian Sandeep Das’s Shristi, inspired by a statue of a dancing Shiva, with its vocal effects and virtuosic part for percussion. The Silent City, a lament for a destroyed valley in Kurdistan, is the longest work on the disc at over 20 minutes - a slow, quiet, reflective piece by the wandering Iranian composer Kayhan Kalhor. Ambush from Ten Sides, a traditional Chinese melody arranged for the Project, is almost apocalyptic - a highly dramatic and pictorial piece of music. Gripping and quite terrifying, it must surely be overwhelmingly exciting heard live. The disc concludes with Vocussion, which, as its title might imply, is vocal percussion. It is a highly impressive and unusual work, and appears to have been well appreciated by the audience - an excellent conclusion to a fascinating disc!

-- Em Marshall, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Arabian Waltz by Rabih Abou-Khalil
Performer:  Kojiro Umezaki (Shakuhachi), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1995; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2007 
Venue:  Live  Symphony Center, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 7 Minutes 36 Secs. 
2.
Night of the Flying Horses by Osvaldo Golijov
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002 
Date of Recording: 04/2007 
Venue:  Live  Symphony Center, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 6 Minutes 50 Secs. 
3.
Saima "Horse Race" by Huang Hai-huai
Performer:  DaXun Zhang (Double Bass), Yang Wei (Pipa)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Qi Lin
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 04/2007 
Venue:  Live  Symphony Center, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
4.
Poems from Tang: Song of Eight Unruly Tipsy Poets by Zhou Long
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Silk Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 04/2007 
Venue:  Live  Symphony Center, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 7 Minutes 22 Secs. 
5.
Shristi by Sandeep Das
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 2006 
Date of Recording: 04/2007 
Venue:  Live  Symphony Center, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 7 Minutes 42 Secs. 
6.
The Silent City by Kayhan Kalhor
Performer:  Kayhan Kalhor (Kamancha), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 2005 
Date of Recording: 04/2007 
Venue:  Live  Symphony Center, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 22 Minutes 16 Secs. 
7.
Ambush on All Sides by Traditional
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Silk Road Ensemble
Written: China 
Date of Recording: 04/2007 
Venue:  Live  Symphony Center, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 12 Minutes 9 Secs. 
8.
Vocussion by Sandeep Das
Performer:  Shane Shanahan (Voice), Shane Shanahan (Percussion), Mark Suter (Percussion),
Mark Suter (Voice), Kim Dong-Won (Percussion), Kim Dong-Won (Voice),
Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Joseph Gramley (Percussion), Joseph Gramley (Voice),
Sandeep Das (Voice), Sandeep Das (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2005; Japan 
Date of Recording: 04/2007 
Venue:  Live  Symphony Center, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 8 Minutes 15 Secs. 

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