Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon

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In recent years, cellist Yo-Yo Ma has devoted a great deal of time and energy to his ambitious boundary-crossing Silk Road Project, and the resulting collaborations are paying ever-increasing dividends. As many listeners will already know, this project explores the richly interwoven musical cultures along the ancient trade route -- the Silk Road -- between China and Europe; composers and musicians from Iran, India, Turkey, Mongolia, and many of the former Soviet republics of central Asia have all taken part. On Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon, the music ranges from the traditional to the newly created, even including an evocative group improvisation on the track ...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
In recent years, cellist Yo-Yo Ma has devoted a great deal of time and energy to his ambitious boundary-crossing Silk Road Project, and the resulting collaborations are paying ever-increasing dividends. As many listeners will already know, this project explores the richly interwoven musical cultures along the ancient trade route -- the Silk Road -- between China and Europe; composers and musicians from Iran, India, Turkey, Mongolia, and many of the former Soviet republics of central Asia have all taken part. On Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon, the music ranges from the traditional to the newly created, even including an evocative group improvisation on the track titled "Oasis." If it occasionally sounds like a film soundtrack, there are two good reasons: First, the music was created for a Japanese television program about the Silk Road, and second, two leading Chinese film composers Zhao Jiping and Zhao Lin are responsible for several of the pieces heard here. Jiping's "Summer in the High Grassland," mostly a haunting soliloquy for Ma, is among the most beautiful tracks, and also memorable are two compelling numbers by Iranian composer Kayhan Kalhor: the mesmerizing "Mountains Are Far Away" and the restless "Gallop of a Thousand Horses." All told, this Journey offers a wide variety of musical styles, many of which have their own array of distinctive instrumental sounds and sometimes the vocals of Alim Qasimov as well. Holding it all together, Ma's eloquent cello blends effortlessly with its surroundings, in meditation and celebration alike, no matter where it stops on the long Silk Road.
All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Continuing their explorations on Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble go even deeper into cross-cultural studies on this 2005 soundtrack album. Produced for a 10-part series on Japan's NHK television network, the CD's 15 tracks are arranged in three suites, entitled Enchantment, Origins, and New Beginnings, more reflective of inherent musical affinities than of the way the music was used in the program. The musicians tap into the variously overlapping musical styles of lands stretching from China and India to Iran and Turkey, and the arrangements by Zhao Jiping and Zhao Lin include a mix of instruments from around the world, to add greater color and sonic dimensions. The album's exotic and meditative qualities may attract fans of both international and new age music, though there is perhaps little crossover appeal for Ma's classical devotees. Due to the group's cohesion and spirit of cooperation, solos are fairly evenly distributed, and Ma stands out no more or less than the other players. Indeed, kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor and vocalist Alim Qasimov have greater prominence, and it may even be said that tabla master Sandeep Das steals the show. Sony's sound quality is satisfactory, though a little soft in places.
Billboard - Anastasia Tsioulcas
A beguiling array of new works and arrangements of traditional music. Each piece is so vividly realized in bright colors and finely textured details that they are nearly cinematic in themselves.

A beguiling array of new works and arrangements of traditional music. Each piece is so vividly realized in bright colors and finely textured details that they are nearly cinematic in themselves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969396223
  • Catalog Number: 93962

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mohini (Enchantment) - Sandeep Das / Indrajit Dey & Yo-Yo Ma (1:47)
  2. 2 Oasis, improvisation - Silk Road Ensemble & Yo-Yo Ma (2:59)
  3. 3 Distant Green Valley - Zhao Jiping / Zhao Lin & Yo-Yo Ma (7:05)
  4. 4 Akhalqalaqi Dance - Traditional & Armenian Traditional (1:22)
  5. 5 Echoes of a Lost City, for cello & xun - Zhao Jiping & Yo-Yo Ma (1:18)
  6. 6 Mountains are Far Away - Kayhan Kalhor & Yo-Yo Ma (6:08)
  7. 7 Yanzi (Swallow Song) (Kazakh) - Traditional & Chinese Traditional (3:24)
  8. 8 Battle Remembered - Zhao Lin & Yo-Yo Ma (3:59)
  9. 9 Summer in the High Grassland - Zhao Jiping & Yo-Yo Ma (4:36)
  10. 10 Kor Arab - Fikret Amirov & Yo-Yo Ma (4:08)
  11. 11 Shikasta (Minstrel's Song) - Uzeir Hajibeyov & Yo-Yo Ma (1:48)
  12. 12 Night at the Caravanserai - Traditional & Turkish Traditional (7:56)
  13. 13 Gallop of a Thousand Horses, for string quartet, kamancheh & tombak - Kayhan Kalhor & Yo-Yo Ma (5:06)
  14. 14 Tarang (Currents) - Sandeep Das & Yo-Yo Ma (6:56)
  15. 15 Sacred Cloud Music, for pipa & string quartet - Zhao Jiping & Yo-Yo Ma (5:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yo-Yo Ma Primary Artist
Silk Road Ensemble Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    This is an awesome CD! Would definately recommend all of Yo-Yo Ma's and the Silk Road Ensemble CD's!

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