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Silk Road Journeys: Beyond The Horizon / Ma, Silk Road Ensemble

Ma,Yo-yo / Silk Road Ensemble
Release Date: 04/05/2005 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 93962  
Composer:  Sandeep DasSilk Road EnsembleZhao JipingTraditional,   ... 
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Track Listing:

1. Mohini (Enchantment)
2. Oasis
3. Distant Green Valley
4. Akhalqalaqi Dance
5. Echoes Of A Lost City
6. Mountains Are Far Away
7. Yanzi (Swallow Song)
8. Battle Remembered
9. Summer In The High Grassland
10. Kor Arab
11. Shikasta (Minstrel's Song)
12. Night At The Caravanserai
13. Gallop Of A Thousand Horses
14. Tarang (Currents)
15. Sacred Cloud Music

Yo-Yo Ma doesn't mess around. In addition to being one of the most recognized classical musicians of the contemporary age, he is fiercely dedicated to expanding the vocabulary of dominant musical forms. A large part of his project, as heard on SILK
Read more ROAD JOURNEYS: BEYOND THE HORIZON, is to fuse the meticulous arrangements and intellectual rigor of Western classical music with the traditional music of other cultures. BEYOND THE HORIZON was recorded as a soundtrack to a television series about the Silk Road (an ancient trade route that extended from East Asia, through the Middle East, and into Europe) and encompasses the sounds of the cultures that route bridged.

The music here is drawn from original compositions by Asian composers, and the instrumentation includes dudak, sheng, tablas, kamancheh, and other Asian instruments (the CD's booklet includes detailed explanations of each) alongside Western instruments like the harp, violin, and cello. The combination, executed here with stunning taste and balance by Ma and company, results in evocative music that is sometimes lyrical and haunting, sometimes rhythmic and based in folk forms. This exciting hybrid experiment crosses boundaries of culture, music, time, and tradition to achieve something quite beautiful.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Mohini (Enchantment) by Sandeep Das
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
Written: India 
2.
Oasis (Improvisation) by Silk Road Ensemble
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
3.
Distant Green Valley by Zhao Jiping
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
4.
Akhalqalaqi Dance by Traditional
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
5.
Echoes of a Lost City by Zhao Jiping
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
6.
Mountains Are Far Away by Kayhan Kalhor
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
7.
Yanzi (Swallow Song) by Traditional
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
Written: China 
8.
Battle Remembered by Zhao Lin
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
9.
Summer in the High Grassland by Zhao Jiping
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
10.
Kor Arab by Fikret Amirov
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Written: Azerbaijan 
11.
Shikasta "Minstrel's Song" by Uzeir Hajibeyov
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
12.
Night at the Caravanserai by Traditional
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
13.
Gallop of a Thousand Horses by Kayhan Kalhor
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
14.
Tarang "Currents" by Sandeep Das
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble
15.
Sacred Cloud Music by Zhao Jiping
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble

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