The Essential Ravi Shankar

The Essential Ravi Shankar

by Ravi Shankar

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The Essential Ravi Shankar

With over 90 albums to his credit, the task for those who wish to investigate the recordings of India's master musician Ravi Shankar can be a daunting one. Therefore, the Legacy/BMG Essential Ravi Shankar fills a welcome place in his catalog and serves as a starting point for the novitiate. There are 20 cuts on these two discs that range over most of the sitarist and composer's shelf, from his early Angel recordings where he played mostly Indian classical music, to his later recordings for Private Music, to his lone Columbia album, The Sounds of India, in 1968. Along the way, Shakar is featured in many settings, from solo to performances with large ensembles of traditional Indian musicians, to his collaborations with violinist Yehudi Menuhin from the gorgeous West Meets East recording, to his recording with George Harrison, to his work with Philip Glass and numerous other musicians on Passages. Through it all, Shankar is consistently in the classical framework, whether he is improvising on ragas or performing other compositions. The sound here has been completely remastered and the liner essay by Hank Bordowitz is both informative and compelling factually. This is the real intro to Shankar that has been needed for such a long time on CD.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/30/2006
Label: Imports
UPC: 0828767450223
catalogNumber: 915898

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ravi Shankar   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Sitar,Vocals,Narrator
Yehudi Menuhin   Violin
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt   Guitar
Sultan Khan   Sarangui
Seymour Barab   Cello
Kumar Bose   Tabla,Duggis
Ray Cooper   Marimbas
George Fenton   Conductor
Barry Finclair   Violin,Viola
Regis Iandiorio   Violin
Aashish Khan   Sarod
Ali Akbar Khan   Sarod
Ashish Khan   Sarod
Jack Kripl   Flute,Soprano Saxophone
Beverly Lauridsen   Cello
Batia Lieberman   Cello
Markandeya Mishra   Tabla
Ramesh Mishra   Sarangui
Keith O'Quinn   Trombone
Richard Peck   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Lenny Pickett   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Harihar Rao   Tamboura
Alan Raph   Trombone
Michael Riesman   Conductor
Sergiu Schwartz   Violin
Ron Sell   French Horn
Prodyot Sen   Tamboura
Frank Serafine   Synthesizer
Richard Sortomme   Viola
Masako Yanagita   Violin,Viola
Frederick Zlotkin   Cello
Chatur Lal   Tabla
Alla Rakha   Tabla
Mayuki Fukuhara   Violin
Daya Shankar   Shahnai
Ronu Mazumdar   Flute
T. Srinivasan   Mridamgam
T.R. Sundaresan   Mridamgam,Ghatam
Ashit Desai   Conductor,Vocals
Suresh Lalwani   Conductor
Swapan Choudhuri   Tabla
Parthasarthy Chowdhury   Sarod
Hemangini Desai   Vocals
Ratna Mala   Vocals
Vikram Patil   Percussion
V. Poliansky   Conductor
Parimal Sadaphal   Sitar
Partha Sarathy   Veena,Sarod
Kailash Sharma   Flute
Shubhendra Rao   Sitar
Ravindra Sathe   Vocals
Peter Gordon   French Horn
Balachandra Joshi   Percussion
Abhiman Kaushal   Tabla
Brown & His Tunetoppers   Viola
Tim Baker   Violin
Gowri Shankar   Tamboura

Technical Credits

Peter Baumann   Producer
Ravi Shankar   Arranger,Composer,Producer
George Avakian   Producer
Richard Bock   Producer
George Fenton   Arranger,Producer
Kurt Munkasci   Producer
Frank Serafine   Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
T. Srinivasan   Drum Sounds
Suresh Lalwani   Producer
Mike Kull   Tape Research
Hank Bordowitz   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Darren Salmieri   Tape Research

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