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Album Review

A collaboration between an avant-garde modern classical composer and a traditional Indian/Hindi composer/performer seems as unlikely as ice hockey on the River Styx. However, Passages is a collaboration between Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar and it works quite well. Shankar's smooth style fits nicely with Glass' dissonant orchestrations. There is a great deal of technical data involved here. Both of these artists have long taken intellectual approaches to music. Thus, the liner notes are a bit heavy-handed. The music is brilliant. The symphony dominates the soundscapes, but Shankar's atmospheres are integral to the success of this project. This CD will appeal to fans of John Cage, Terry Riley, and Steve Reich.

Customer Reviews

Perfect harmony

I had heard some Philip Glass before and I have mixed feelings about his atonal compositions. So when I first saw this collaboration many years ago I was extremely skeptical, because Indian ragas are completely opposite. To my surprise, I was completely blown away by this album. If Glass' music is sparse, Ravi Shankar's music fills in the blanks making this a rich tapestry of sound, a sonic equivalent of a Jackson Pollock painting. Thoroughly enjoyable and I am glad that iTunes re-released it.

Absolutely great!

Fantastic! बहुत, बहुत, बहुत, बहुत, अच्छा है!

I've always loved this album

And long ago lost the cd. Thanks for releasing it

Biography

Born: April 7, 1920 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Genre: World

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Rabindra Shankar Chowdery, aka Ravi Shankar, was born on April 7, 1920, in Varanasi, India, into a well-off orthodox Brahmin family. His father, ShyÆm Shankar, was employed as a diwan (minister) by the Maharajah of Jhalawar. By the age of 13, Ravi Shankar was going along on every tour of his brother Uday Shankar's Compaigne de Danse et Musique Hindou (Company of Hindu Dance and Music). At the All-Bengali Music Conference in December 1934, he met the multi-instrumentalist Allauddin Khan. Precisely...
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