Live at Carnegie Hallby Anoushka Shankar
Beautiful, intelligent, and a gifted musician, Anoushka Shankar radiates the kind of preternatural poise that her father, the sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, has beamed from world stages for more than 60 years. While concertgoers have thrilled to the dynamic interplay of both Shankars peforming side by side, this solo concert shows that Anoushka has developed a formidable technique that should easily mature to rival her father's. While Indian classical music does not easily give up its inner workings to novice ears (and Anoushka's brief introductions, packed with musicological information, sound like some frightening alien calculus), it's plenty obvious that she simply plays the hell out of her instrument. Confident enough in the glacial alap, or introduction to these ragas, she attacks the frenetic druth solo segments with youthful vigor. Urged on by the tablas of Bikram Ghosh and Tanmoy Bose, Shankar charts liquid scales, then pulls aggressive squawks from her sitar, the music rippling with a joy that verges on abandon. The measure of this music lies in reining in such flights and conforming to the dictates of the raga's scales, modes, and melodies. Shankar's reverence for tradition and assiduous study show in her abilities to do just that, time after dazzling time.
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- Angel Records
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