Rare and Glorious

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Rare and Glorious draws from the archives of Saregama, Ravi Shankar's longtime Indian record label, to compile a two-CD set of eight ragas with a total running time of 135 minutes; the tracks range across Shankar's career, with the earliest one, "Raga Hansadhwani," having been first released in 1962, and the most recent one, "Raga Shudh Kalyan," in 1988. Shankar's frequent accompanists, tabla players Ali Akbar Khan and Alla Rakha, are present frequently, although certain tracks are performed without percussion. Five of the tracks run 19 minutes or more in length, allowing Shankar time to explore the themes and gradually develop the dynamics of a complete raga. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Rare and Glorious draws from the archives of Saregama, Ravi Shankar's longtime Indian record label, to compile a two-CD set of eight ragas with a total running time of 135 minutes; the tracks range across Shankar's career, with the earliest one, "Raga Hansadhwani," having been first released in 1962, and the most recent one, "Raga Shudh Kalyan," in 1988. Shankar's frequent accompanists, tabla players Ali Akbar Khan and Alla Rakha, are present frequently, although certain tracks are performed without percussion. Five of the tracks run 19 minutes or more in length, allowing Shankar time to explore the themes and gradually develop the dynamics of a complete raga. The sitar player was already over 40 when the first of these recordings was made, so he is heard as a mature musician practicing his art in full flower. This kind of music is not really susceptible to a "greatest-hits" selection, but many of these tracks are notable not only for the accomplished playing but also for their return to availability on this release, since they previously only appeared on long out of print LPs. Thus, the album justifies the words of its title, containing music that is both "glorious" and "rare."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/9/2010
  • Label: Times Square Records
  • UPC: 738572906924
  • Catalog Number: 9069

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Raga Devgiri Bilawal (7:45)
  2. 2 Raga Sindhu Bhairavi (19:47)
  3. 3 Raga Shudh Kalyan (22:10)
  4. 4 Raga Hansadhwani (9:11)
  5. 5 Raga Shudh Sarang (6:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Raga Alahiya Bilawal (21:59)
  2. 2 Raga Lalit (23:18)
  3. 3 Raga Khamaj (24:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ravi Shankar Primary Artist, Sarod, Soloist
Ali Akbar Khan Sarod
Ashish Kumar Tamboura
Nodu C. Mullick Tamboura, Accompaniment
Prodyot Sen Tamboura, Accompaniment
Alla Rakha Tabla, Accompaniment
Kanai Dutt Tabla, Accompaniment
Technical Credits
Ravi Shankar Composer
Ken Hunt Liner Notes
Iain Scott Liner Notes
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