© 2012 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2012 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Recorded live at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall on 1 July 2010
Total playing time: 41.49
DDD Stereo
Released May 2012

CD: Ravi Shankar – Symphony

LPO conducted by David Murphy

Ravi Shankar Symphony

David Murphy conductor
Anoushka Shankar sitar
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Pieter Schoeman leader
Legendary composer and sitarist Ravi Shankar (1920–2012) was one of India’s most highly esteemed musical ambassadors, renowned for his pioneering work in bringing Indian music to the West. 2010 saw the premiere of his ambitious fusion work, his first symphony conceived for a Western symphony orchestra, which translates the aural sensibilities and sound-worlds of Indian music into a Western structural framework. In this live recording of the work’s premiere, David Murphy conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Ravi Shankar’s daughter Anoushka on sitar.
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‘Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, Ravi Shankar’s symphony, devised with the LPO’s conductor David Murphy, explores Indian classical themes in a western setting. Shankar’s daughter Anoushka, no stranger to fusion experiments of this sort, takes off into intricate, utterly assured sitar solos. The sprightly raga-cum-hornpipe of the first movement gives way to slow flute and sitar, a dancing scherzo and a tumultuous finale.’
David Honigmann, Financial Times, 21 May 2012

‘With a rich recording of this live concert this is more than just the souvenir of a remarkable music event. The performance is terrific, and Anoushka Shankar’s playing alone makes it worth the asking price.’
Dominy Clements, MusicWeb International

‘A resounding triumph, from the vibrant, animated opening movement Kafi Zila through an elegant, involving lento section of duetting flute and sitar, and an intriguing Indian scherzo whose hypnotic layerings of marimba, flute and sitar evoke echoes of American minimalism, through to the stirring, virtuoso finale.’ *****
Andy Gill, The Independent, 30 April 2012

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