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Ravi Shankar, the figurehead of world music, was invited in 1988 to work with Russian musicians on a concert to mark the end of an Indian Festival in the Soviet Union. This recording was made on July seventh of that year, with over 140 musicians present: Shankar's Indian Ensemble, the Russian Folk Ensemble, the Government Chorus of Ministry of Culture of USSR, and the chamber orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic. Shankar composed all seven of the pieces here as a melding of the musics of India and Russia. "Prarambh," the opening piece, is an ethereal sort of sound created by the amalgamation of Indian and Russian instruments both playing ragas. "Shanti-Mantra" is based ...
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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Ravi Shankar, the figurehead of world music, was invited in 1988 to work with Russian musicians on a concert to mark the end of an Indian Festival in the Soviet Union. This recording was made on July seventh of that year, with over 140 musicians present: Shankar's Indian Ensemble, the Russian Folk Ensemble, the Government Chorus of Ministry of Culture of USSR, and the chamber orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic. Shankar composed all seven of the pieces here as a melding of the musics of India and Russia. "Prarambh," the opening piece, is an ethereal sort of sound created by the amalgamation of Indian and Russian instruments both playing ragas. "Shanti-Mantra" is based on Raga Devagiri Bilawal, as well as the Shanta Ras, from the Bharatanatyasastra oldest work of Indian music theory, and is performed by both the Indian vocalists, as well as the Government Choir. Three ragas are based on Raga Hemavati, Raga Kirwani, and Raga Basant Mukhari, and are performed solely by the Moscow Philharmonic musicians. "Tarana" makes use of a Punjab form of singing that utilizes nonsense syllables to great effects of rhythmic wonder. "Sandhya Raga," based on Raga Yaman Kalyan, is "basic" Indian classical music, without any Russian additions, and "Bahu-Rang" is the finale of the concert. It is based on Raga Mishra Pilu and has five movements, the first being instrumental, the second being call and response with the drums, the third being improvised thumri singing, and the fourth element being a folk portion that leads to the climax, a song "Unity of Friendship and Love" by Shankar. While the synthesis of Indian and Russian musics could leave a listener wary before hearing the album, Shankar remained almost solely with Indian music, though the performers may have been Russian. The album is definitely worthwhile, as the backing Russian chorus can add something to the music, though leaving Indian classical solely in the hands of foreigners can be a dangerous matter, as is proven on three ragas. Throughout, though, it's quite a nice album, worthy of the Shankar name being placed upon it.
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  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Private Music
  • UPC: 010058204428
  • Catalog Number: 2044

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prarambh (4:21)
  2. 2 Shanti Mantra (6:49)
  3. 3 Three Ragas in "D" Minor (11:33)
  4. 4 Tarana (5:37)
  5. 5 Sandhya Raga (11:22)
  6. 6 Bahu-Rang (25:12)
  7. 7 Shanti Mantra (Reprise) (3:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ravi Shankar Primary Artist, Sitar
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Guitar
Kumar Bose Tabla
Ramesh Mishra Sarangui
Harihar Rao Vocals, Tanpura
Tarun Bhattacharya Santoor
Daya Shankar Shahnai
Ronu Mazumdar Flute
T.R. Sundaresan Ghantam, Mridamgam, Ghatam
Ashit Desai Conductor, Vocals
Suresh Lalwani Violin
Parthasarthy Chowdhury Sarod
Hemangini Desai Vocals
Valentin Jhuk Conductor
Ratna Mala Vocals
Vikram Patil Percussion
V. Poliansky Conductor
Parimal Sadaphal Sitar
Kailash Sharma Flute
Shubhendra Rao Sitar
Ravindra Sathe Vocals
Balachandra Joshi Percussion
A. Polietaev Conductor
Technical Credits
Peter Baumann Executive Producer
Miles Green Remixing
Kurt Munkasci Producer
Harihar Rao Special Effects, Contributor
Tarun Bhattacharya Contributor
Daya Shankar Contributor
Norman Moore Art Direction
Ashit Desai Arranger, Remixing
Suresh Lalwani Arranger, Composer
Raju Barot Special Effects
Dipak Bawaskar Contributor, Projection, Slides
Bob Bielecki Engineer
Moscow Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Contributor
Steve Williams Engineer
Nick Reynolds Engineer
Robert Bielecki Engineer
Claude-Henry Joubert Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pure genius!!

    This is an incredible, "Best of Artist" album. Very accessible to Western audiences (as all Ravi Shankar is) and also worthwhile for Indian music 'rasikas'. It's an East/West collaboration during a historically-rich time -- the fall of the Iron Curtain. India and Russia had very good relations during the Cold War and many cultural exchanges. 'Tarana' is my favourite track. It is a percussion-heavy composition that typically ends an Indian classical concert. There are moments in this album that epitomise 'joie de vivre'. "Inside the Kremlin" is pure genius -- invigorating, intense, lovely and soothing. One caveat: there are long stretches of pure Western classical music, so dont expect Hindustani throughout. However, the Russian musicians hold their own in raga-improvisation and experiment just long enough before letting the meister take over. All-in-all, this is a compelling production, recorded to a live & eager audience inside the Kremlin.

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