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Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet
Yo-Yo Ma, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Kayhan Kalhor
Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet
Genres: Soundtracks, Classical
 
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This disc introduces Yo-Yo Ma's latest and most ambitious adventure, the Silk Road Project. It explores the cultures that flourished along the Silk Road, the ancient trade route that for centuries connected Europe and the ...  more »

     
   
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All Artists: Yo-Yo Ma, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Kayhan Kalhor, Filippo Azzaiolo, Tan Dun, Michio Mamiya, Silk Road Ensemble
Title: Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet
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Total Copies: 1
Label: Sony
Release Date: 4/16/2002
Genres: Soundtracks, Classical
Styles: Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 696998978225

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This disc introduces Yo-Yo Ma's latest and most ambitious adventure, the Silk Road Project. It explores the cultures that flourished along the Silk Road, the ancient trade route that for centuries connected Europe and the East. Founded by Ma in 1998, the project aims to create connections, mutual trust, and cultural interchange between people from different parts of the world through their only shared language: music. This recording includes music from Mongolia, China, Persia, Japan, Iran, Azerbaijan, and an improvisation on an Italian Renaissance street song, performed by musicians from all those countries, as well as America, on both Eastern and Western instruments. Ma, who participates in every piece either as soloist or part of the ensemble, plays cello and a Mongolian "horse-head fiddle." There is also a Mongolian soprano, who sings a traditional song native to her region. For the uninitiated Western listener, the music requires some getting used to. Much of it is based on rhythmic ostinatos. The melodies use Oriental scales; the intonation is untempered; the music seems all color, texture, and atmosphere, without what might be called themes; and repetition takes the place of development. Contrast is achieved through sudden change, buildup by adding instruments. However, the music is often beautiful, delicate, dreamy, or peaceful; every listener will find his or her own favorite pieces. The playing is splendid, with much inventive improvisation. Inevitably, Ma's tone and personality stand out, but he never dominates in fact or spirit. The booklet offers essays by Ma and the project's musicologist, Theodore Levin, photographs of the players, and drawings of the Eastern instruments. --Edith Eisler

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Patricia H. (Onysia) from SEATTLE, WA
Reviewed on 6/16/2021...
I like cello music and Yo Yo Ma is one of the best in the world. His exploration of where the cello can go is always exciting. This was a wonderful journey.

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This 'stranger' took me a while to get acquainted with
R. Kyle | USA | 01/22/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

""When Strangers Meet" is definitely a different experience from any format of music I've heard before. The CD's been in my computer awaiting review for at least a month because it's taken several listens before I was actually comfortable enough to talk about the experience.

The music is mostly Asian and on a different tonal scale than Westerners are used to. The music also seems to wander rather than being as strongly thematic and repetitive. Love the sounds of the percussion they're using, particularly the woody bamboos. Master Ma is, of course, amazing.

The vocals are one aspect of the recording I could skip. The singer's quite talented, but this is not a style I've gotten comfortable with yet!

Overall, the music is well worth listening to and a good exposure to world fusion. All of the "Silk Road" ensemble CDs are great. I'm working on getting the full set!

Rebecca Kyle, January 2009

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