Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Recorded as part of the ongoing Silk Road Project, Silk Road Journeys brings together composers from the elusive, ancient Silk Road that crosses from China to the Middle East with musicians from both West and East. It's both ambitious and daring, two qualities that have been trademarks of Yo-Yo Ma's career. For its modernity and mix of Asian and Western instruments, though, it hews close to tradition and not merely on "Mongolian Traditional Long Song", although the departure into the Italian Renaissance for "Chi Passa Per'sta Strada" makes for an interesting, more formal and graceful aid in the whole. But the multicultural Silk Road itself makes for a good metaphor for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Recorded as part of the ongoing Silk Road Project, Silk Road Journeys brings together composers from the elusive, ancient Silk Road that crosses from China to the Middle East with musicians from both West and East. It's both ambitious and daring, two qualities that have been trademarks of Yo-Yo Ma's career. For its modernity and mix of Asian and Western instruments, though, it hews close to tradition and not merely on "Mongolian Traditional Long Song", although the departure into the Italian Renaissance for "Chi Passa Per'sta Strada" makes for an interesting, more formal and graceful aid in the whole. But the multicultural Silk Road itself makes for a good metaphor for this album, with the sheng, an ancient form of mouth organ, alongside the cello on the traditional "Blue Little Flower," for example. While it might seem strange to find Michio Mamiya's "Five Finnish Folksongs" here, it makes sense; the Saami people of Finland were nomadic, and traveled as far as the Silk Road. But the instruments, from Wu Man's pipa to Joel Fan's piano, work together, whether on traditional or commissioned material, to create something that's challenging to both listeners and performers and offers a strong impression of the journeys of the past.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2012
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886975614721
  • Catalog Number: 756147
  • Sales rank: 17,765

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Silk Road Ensemble Primary Artist, Ensemble
Yo-Yo Ma Indexed Contributor, Cello, Morin Khuur
Kayhan Kalhor Setar
Yang Wei Pipa
Siamak Aghaei Santur
Shane Shanahan Tabla
Khongorzul Vocals
Siamak Jahangiri Ney
Joel Fan Piano, Prepared Piano
Wu Tong Sheng
Technical Credits
Yo-Yo Ma Liner Notes
Fillippo Azzaiolo Composer
Richard King Engineer
Gus Skinas Engineer
Theodore Levin Liner Notes
Eva Reisinger Liner Notes
Kayhan Kalhor Composer
Tan Dun Composer
Josee Begaud Liner Note Translation
Cristin Bagnall Executive Producer
Rachel Derkits Editorial Coordinator
Li Cang Sang Arranger
Persian Traditional Composer
Chinese Traditional Composer
Zhao Jiping Composer
Mongolian Traditional Composer
Esther Won Executive Producer
Wu Tong Arranger
Steven Epstein Producer
Byambasuren Sharav Composer
Michio Mamiya Composer
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh Composer
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